by Marci Miller
ACC vs. SEC Mon. Dec. 31 at 7:30PM
The Chick-fil-A Bowl will hold its 45th annual New Year’s Eve game. This year's teams have yet to be announced, but the game gets the fifth selection from the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and the first selection after the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). Game Week includes the Parade, Coaches Luncheon, and FanFest. The 71,500-seat Georgia Dome is expected to be a sell-out. At 12:30 p.m. on game day, downtown Atlanta will come alive with the Chick-fil-A Bowl Parade. The parade will come to an end at the Georgia World Congress Center, where the Chick-fil-A Bowl FanFest will draw 30,000 fans for a pre-game interactive football and tailgate experience including games, music, food and the pre-game team walks.
Peach Drop 2013
Monday Dec. 31; 11AM until 3AM
Free Admission; Underground Atlanta
Packed full of excitement, the Peach Drop is Atlanta's favorite way of ringing in the New Year! This 16-hour event begins at 11 am with various children's activities and entertainment. Festivities will continue well into the morning with a variety of live performances, followed by the descent of the 800 pound Peach and a spectacular firework display. Headlining this year’s Peach Drop is the Beatles tribute band Abbey Road LIVE! The Family Fun & Budding Peach Stage will include family-friendly activities & entertainment (11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.) and Kenny's Alley will feature live entertainment all day & night. Rain or shine.
4 Nights Dec. 28-31
Fans who have followed Umphrey's McGee for any period of time know that there are only two guarantees: you never know what you’re going to get, and Umphrey’s always delivers. This is a very special occasion for the band and only the second time since 2000 that the band's NYE celebration has been moved from their hometown of Chicago. The sextet's recent shows are evidence that the band is "able to produce high-quality, often transcendent shows on a consistent basis" (Consequence)