AUSTIN -- The year 2013 is almost over, and that means it's time to party in Austin.
The fourth annual Austin's New Year will be held at Auditorium Shores on Tuesday. Ten thousand people are expected to attend the alcohol-free family bash, which includes food, live shows and fireworks.
More than a dozen acts will perform including aerial artists Sky Candy and musicians Sara Hickman, Gina Chavez, April Rain, and 1001 Nights Orchestra. There will also be a "film buffet," short selections from Austin film organizations. This includes Faces of Austin and the Austin Jewish Film Festival.
The grand finale is the fireworks presentation at 10 p.m. Fireworks are illegal within city limits except at this organized event. Last year Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo reminded residents that if they choose to fire guns or set off fireworks, they will be punished.
"You cannot discharge firearms at the stroke of midnight. It is illegal. If you're caught discharging a firearm, you will face criminal charges. And most importantly whatever you shoot up into the air, must come down," Chief Acevedo said.
The city is encouraging the public to stay safe and come to Austin's New Year on Tuesday. It begins at 5 p.m.
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