Experience the magic in Downtown Kalamazoo
while you say goodbye to the year 2020
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.


Entertainment Application

We are no longer accepting entertainer applications for

New Year's Fest 2020.

Interested in performing in 2021? Click the link below to sign up as an entertainer for New Year's Fest.

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Other things to do in Kalamazoo on December 31, 2019...

(Check back in December for 2020 stores and hours)

Stop by Teel Jewelers for a chance to win free jewelry for a year. Try things on, get your jewelry cleaned and enter in the drawing. The winner will be announced on Facebook on January first. Open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on 12.31.19.

Stop by Honore Salon and get your hair done for the night! Open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on 12.31.19.

Stop by Down Dog Yoga Center for two special yoga classes hosted on NYE and on New Year's Day. 

New Year's Eve Classes:

  • 10 a.m. Yoga

  • 11:30 Heated Vinyasa

New Year's Day Classes:

  • 10 a.m. Relax into your resolution

  • Noon Fire to move forward (heated)

Stop by Rocket Fizz and pick out a bottle cap to win a discount or other tasty giveaways! Open from 10 a.m. to midnight on 12.31.19.

Stop by Olde Peninsula Brewpub for happy hour from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. for specials on pints, MI liquors and appetizers. There will be a FREE champagne toast at midnight. Open from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. on 12.31.19

Stop by Harvey's on the Mall and enjoy $3 select craft beer pints and $1 off well liquor. Roaring 20's karaoke starts at 9 p.m. There will be a FREE champagne toast at midnight. Open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Join Honor Credit Union in ringing in 2020! Stop into Honor’s downtown Connect Center at 148 E Michigan Avenue anytime between 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on December 30th or 31st and receive a free set of champagne glasses! While you’re there, check out our new innovative space and ask how you could start the new year off with an extra $250 in your pockets compliments of Honor! Cheers!

The Spirit of Kalamazoo will be open from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on 12.31.19. They'll be having multiple sales including $10 T-Shirts and 25-50% off select merchandise!

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New Year's Fest of Kalamazoo

1417 S. Burdick St.

Kalamazoo, MI 49001

Tel: (269) 388-2830

Fax: (269) 388-3083