The 19th annual New Year’s By the Bay is set for Thursday, Dec. 31, in downtown Belfast, a Main Street Community. Buttons are available for online purchase through PayPal until noon that day, to be picked up between noon and 8 p.m.

The yearly, town-wide grassroots celebration is a chem-free, family-oriented, affordable, cultural celebration that runs from 2 p.m. until 12:30 a.m. Most of its activities take place in in nine indoor venues within walking distance, showcasing a wide variety of live performances, as well as several dance bands.

New Year’s By the Bay buttons admit wearers to all performances and activities. Food purchases are separate. There is a new button available this year, offering a discount for those age 65 and older. NYBB buttons are $18 (age 19 to 64), $15 (65 and older) and $5 (age 6 to 18). Admission is free for children 5 and younger.

Buttons may be purchased in advance at The reserved and guaranteed button orders will be available for pickup Dec. 31 at NYBB HQ — i.e., Parent Gallery, 92 Main St. at the downtown traffic light. Each order will be under the purchaser’s name, so bring receipt or ID.

Buttons also may be purchased at the Belfast Co-op and Parent Gallery through closing on Dec. 31; and at most performance venues during the event, until sold out. The schedule of performances will be available soon on the website.