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Posted: Thursday, December 28, 2006 10:13 am | Updated: 2:53 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

“I’m bringing in 2007 with a bang,” says Kimberly O’Hare, 26, of Tempe.“I think everyone is going to be in Scottsdale because that’s the place to be, and I plan to celebrate the new year in style with my friends at the block party. We’ve been going for the last few years, and it’s always a ton of fun. You get a lot for what you pay for.”

If you’re like O’Hare and looking for more bang for your buck on New Year’s Eve, check out one of these larger-scale party options that the Valley has to offer:

SCOTTSDALE’S FOURTH ANNUAL ULTIMATE NEW YEAR’S EVE BLOCK PARTY

The fourth annual downtown Scottsdale block party (Craftsman Court between Third and Fifth avenues), a combined effort of Acme Bar & Grill, Dos Gringos, Upper Deck Sports Grill and the Venue of Scottsdale, this year titled Champagne & Chefs, is a see-andbe-seen affair for clubgoers.

The event will offer live music on two stages from one-hit wonders Veruca Salt of “Seether” fame along with upand-coming rock acts Agent Sparks, The Love Me Nots, Dirty Heads and Valley rock bands Violet Wild, Fayuca, Bluejay and The Earps along with cooking demonstrations from some of Arizona’s best restaurant chefs. There will also be DJs, a food court and entertainment throughout the street.

Gates open at 4 p.m., and tickets are $35 (patrons can enter any of the four clubs throughout the night) and $100 for VIP.

Info: scottsdaleultimateblockparty.com

22ND ANNUAL INSIGHT FIESTA BOWL BLOCK PARTY

The annual blowout, located along Mill Avenue and at Tempe Beach Park and named one of the top 10 places in America to ring in the new year by USA Today, will feature 40 bands — including headliners Third Eye Blind (“Semi-Charmed Life”) and singer-songwriter Vanessa Carlton (“A Thousand Miles”) — along with 11 entertainment stages, interactive games, food and beverage booths, a midnight countdown and two fireworks displays. Gates open at 4 p.m., and tickets are $15 with a VIP card at Fry’s Food and Drug Stores or $20.

Info: (480) 350-0911 or fiestabowl.org.

WESTGATE ROCKS NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY

Valley desert rockers Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers will headline Glendale’s New Year’s Eve shindig at the Westgate City Center (9401 West Westgate Blvd.), which will also include a 40-inch video jumbotron to watch the entertainment, a fireworks display at midnight, dancing and giveaways. The party starts at 5 p.m., and tickets are $20-$110.

Info: westgateaz.com

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