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. 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.
New Year's Fest is hosted on December 31st from 5:30 p.m. to midnight. There will be a ball drop & fireworks at midnight in Bronson Park.
The 2020 New Year's Fest brochure is not yet available. Stay tuned for updates.
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.
All bags are subject to search at every location. We want to ensure that everyone is safe and can enjoy themselves.
You can stay connected to New Year's Fest by being our friend on Facebook, Instagram or following us on Twitter. This is the best way to find out if there are any scheduling updates or if a performance is full.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) to see how they can become involved in the planning of New Year’s Fest:
President: Larry Potter, PNC Credit CardServices
Vice President: Dave Overton, Retired
Recording Secretary: Steve Ellis, Spark Magazine
Treasurer: Brenda Keelan, Edwards Garments
Sites & Entertainment: Dave Overton, Retired
Promotion: Steve Ellis, Spark Magazine
Kayla Kiley, Kellogg Company
Sponsorship Dev: Chris Shook, Jim Gilmore Foundation
Sites & Entertainment: Elizabeth Start, Self Employed
Michigan Sacred Music Festival
Dan Bunker, Schawk Company
Sid Ellis, Kalamazoo YMCA
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 –
First Presbyterian Church –
Farmers Alley Theatre -
Ladies Library Association -
First Baptist Church –
First Congregational Church –
Kalamazoo Public Library –
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts -
For more information:
for information about sites, parking, and restrooms, please click on Location
Please call 269.388.2830 or email email@example.com