Celebrate San Antonio, the City’s official New Year’s Eve celebration, will take place at Hemisfair on Tuesday, Dec. 31.

The free event that closes down South Alamo Street between Market Street and East César E. Chávez Boulevard starts at 6 p.m. with live music, carnival rides, local art and crafts, and refreshments available for purchase. The fireworks start at midnight, as per tradition, after a communal countdown.

All proceeds from the event will support the San Antonio Parks Foundation, which funds park improvement projects across the city.

“We love to see the community come together to celebrate,” Parks Foundation President and CEO Mary Jane Verette said in a news release. “We look forward to where our city is going right now, and in the coming year, and in the years to come. It’s such an honor for us to continue to organize this downtown party year after year.”

Organizers estimate more than 70,000 people will attend the celebration that fills up Hemisfair and La Villita.

Programming on the Hemisfair stage will include “super high-energy” party band Melange by Intensity Entertainment, In10City Band,” according to the Park Foundation’s Facebook event page. “The 10-piece group will rock all the favorites for 200 minutes straight.”

Downtown parking is limited and heavy traffic congestion is expected as the Valero Alamo Bowl game also takes place that night at the nearby Alamodome. Attendees are encouraged to look into taxi, ride-share, mass transit (park and ride), and electric scooter options.

Outside food and drinks, as well as e-scooters, are not permitted within official event boundaries. All bags within festival grounds are subject to search. The event is family-friendly, but minors will not be allowed in the Michelob Ultra DJ Lounge.

Visit www.saparksfoundation.org for more information.

This article was assembled by various members of the San Antonio Report staff.