Experience the magic in Downtown Kalamazoo
while you say goodbye to the year 2020
in a SAFE, MEMORABLE, & HYBRID way!
Due to COVID-19, and ensuring all necessary CDC guidelines are followed, the 2020 New Year's Fest event plan is to be hybrid. This will allow New Year's Fest to be able to use both outdoor space in Bronson Park & the Kalamazoo Mall, and to also be virtual. There will be a few of our locations that will have live performers, but there will be PERFORMANCE PASSES given out to limit crowds and to track capacity numbers. There will be no entry to indoor performances if you have not signed up in advance. We apologize for any inconvenience. Safety is our top priority.
Please view our "About" tab to read more about our virtual event and how you can participate!
What is New Year's Fest?
New Year’s Fest is an all-ages showcase of performing arts that takes place on New Year's Eve in Downtown Kalamazoo. The event begins at 7:00 p.m. and runs until 12 a.m. to ring in the New Year. New Year's Fest features performances that are repeated throughout the night, so you will want to check out the entertainment tab to view the schedule and performance grid (please note that the grid is currently still 2019. 2020 will be up at a later date). We recommend that you print off the grid so that you can plan out your night based around the times and locations for the performances you want to see. Brochures will also be available at the information tent in Bronson Park.
There are several great food locations both in Bronson Park and at nearby restaurants in walking distance. The cool thing about New Year's Fest is that you can see a few shows, go out to dinner, and then come back for a few more before watching the Ball Drop and seeing the Fireworks.
Tap along the menu bar of the website to explore the maps, the performance grid, cool things to do, and our amazing sponsors and foundations that make this event possible.
Keep scrolling down to see a list of hours and specials that downtown stores are offering for the holidays.