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What is New Year's Fest?
New Year's Fest is an all ages showcase of performing arts that takes place New Year's Eve in downtown Kalamazoo. There are a variety of activities that take place including music, magic, comedy, exhibitions, fireworks, and great food! New Year's Fest's vision is to be a premier event that introduces the greater Kalamazoo community to the performing arts by providing an array of quality, unique artists and activities.

Event Specifics:
Hosted on December 31st from 5:30 p.m. to midnight, fireworks at midnight.

Button Sales:
Buttons available starting December 15th at any Harding's Stores and Marketplaces and The Kalamazoo Public Library, for a complete listing of where buttons are available, please go to the admissions tab.

Board Members Who Make New Year’s Fest A Reality:

New Year’s Fest, as a 501c3 organization is run by a Board of Directors. These community individuals give of their time and talents to make New Year’s Fest successful. The event wouldn’t be possible without them and their support. Community individuals are welcome to join our team and interested individuals should contact Deb Droppers ( ) to see how they can become involved in the planning of New Year’s Fest:

Executive Board:


Larry Potter

National City Credit CardServices

Vice President:

Dave Overton


Recording Secretary:

Steve Ellis

Kalamazoo Gazette


Brenda Keelan

Edwards Garments

Standing Chairs:

Sites & Entertainment: Dave Overton Retired
Promotion: Steve Ellis Kalamazoo Gazette
  Kayla Kiley Discover Kalamazoo
Sponsorship Dev: Chris Shook Jim Gilmore Enterprises
Sites & Entertainment: Elizabeth Start Self Employed
    Michigan Sacred Music Festival
  Dan Bunker Schawk Company
   Sid Ellis  Black Arts Cultural Center

Site Coordinators:

Many of the New Year’s Fest sites are partners and provide their locations free of charge as a way to support this wonderful community celebration. Coordinating the site takes a lot of planning and dedication. Special thanks to the following individuals who donate their time to coordinate the site and recruit the many many volunteers it takes to run New Year’s Fest

The United Methodist Church – Dan and Sharon Bunker
First Presbyterian Church – Mike Hammond
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church – Jessie Pavelek
First Baptist Church – Lori Lewis and Tim Hassenger
First Congregational Church – Mike Aurnack
Epic Theatre –  Liza Poole
Radisson - Candace Williams and Jan Dagher
Kalamazoo Public Library – The KPL Team
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts - Candace Faistenhammer

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