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Free and Affordable Pittsburgh 12/30: New Year’s Eve on the Cheap!

December 29, 2011 6:00 AM

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By Rachel Booth

Goodbye 2011… hello 2012! We’re ringing in the New Year with affordable New Year’s Eve fun for everyone. On this week’s Free & Affordable Pittsburgh segment on Pittsburgh Today Live, we’re talking about four fantastically fun ways to celebrate, including a family-friendly Noon Year’s Eve, dancing the night away at Title Town, going casual with bowling at Arsenal Lanes, and great live music at Mr. Smalls! Learn a bit more about each of the things mentioned on this week’s show!

Noon Year’s Eve Celebration

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

One Wild Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
412-665-3640

Saturday, December 31, 2011
Hours: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Price: Free with zoo admission, $10 adults, $9 kids 2-13, under 24 months free

Enjoy this family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium. Let’s face it – it’s hard for little ones to stay up until midnight to see the ball drop… or parents wouldn’t want them to! Head to the Pittsburgh Zoo, where you can ring in the new year with “a celebration of Time Square proportions.” They’ll have a countdown to a NOON ball drop, as well as live entertainment provided by Radio Disney so everyone can dance to their hearts’ content!

New Year’s Eve 2012 presented by Shadow Lounge, AVA and Title Town Soul & Funk Party

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Shadow Lounge

126 S. Highland Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
412-363-8277

Saturday, December 31, 2011
Hours: 8 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Price: $10

If you’re looking for a rockin’ New Year’s Eve Party on a dime, this event fits the bill. The dress code is “anything you can dance in”, and includes light hors d’oeuvres early in the evening, drink specials, and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight (while supplies last). You’ll be dancing the night away in three different rooms, spinning a mix of house, hip hop, disco and more! This event is only $10, and you can purchase tickets in advance or at the door.

Arsenal Lanes New Year’s Eve Party

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Arsenal Bowling Lanes

212 44th Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
412-683-5992

Saturday, December 31, 2011
Hours: 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Price: $19.99 in advance, $24.99 at the door

So maybe the dinner & dancing thing isn’t your style, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a great time and celebrate… go bowling! Arsenal Lanes in Lawrenceville is hosting their own New Year’s Eve party, complete unlimited bowling, karaoke, a champagne toast at midnight, noisemakers and snacks! This is a 21+ event, so leave the kids at home and bowl all night long!

Mr. Smalls 10th Anniversary 2012 New Year’s Eve Celebration

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Mr. Smalls Theater

400 Lincoln Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15209
412-821-4447

Saturday, December 31, 2011
Hours: 6 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Price: $8 in advance and $10 at the door

If you’re idea of a great time includes live music, why not try Mr. Small’s 10th Anniversary 2012 New Year’s Eve Celebration?  Enjoy performances by Phat Man Dee, along with the Bridge City Bombshells Burlesque Troupe and the The Hoopla Girls. They’ll also have DJ sets by Sunset Till Sunrise, Buku, Kevin James, Agent Smith, Kinetik and Akuma. Liz Berlin of Rusted Root will also be making a guest appearance after Midnight! It’s only $8 in advance and $10 at the door, so along with drink specials, it’s super-affordable as well!

What We’re Talking About In Best Of

So you are probably trying to figure out what your New Year’s resolution should be, so why not broadening your cultural awareness by taking a language class. In our Arts & Culture section we highlight the best places in the Pittsburgh area to learn a new language.

In our Travel & Outdoor section we are taking a look at all the the ski areas within driving distance of Pittsburgh. There is no shortage of skiing and snowboarding spots and we’ve profiled the snowy spots for everyone from the hopeless romantic to the family man.

Rachel Booth & Heather Walsh are local bargain experts and Co-Founders of Living Pittsburgh.com, Pittsburgh’s go-to bargain website for free, affordable & discounted events, activities, products & services. Visit Living Pittsburgh for even more great ‘Burgh bargains!

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