Event Information

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 2020 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. 

*stayed tuned for updated information and details on how to live stream New Year's Fest 2020 through Public Media Network.


Event Specifics:
New Year's Fest is hosted on December 31st from 7:00 p.m. to midnight. There will be a ball drop & fireworks at midnight in Bronson Park.

THIS YEAR, our focus will be on utilizing the outdoor space in Downtown. There will be street performers through out Bronson Park, and outdoor performances in the Liquor Zones by the Radisson Hotel. Our hope is for those dining in at local restaurants to come out and enjoy the entertainment. Our hybrid event plan will have a majority of our performers down the mall, as well as in Bronson Park on the stage. 

*Please note that the event time changed from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


Event Brochure:

The 2020 New Year's Fest brochure is not yet available. Stay tuned for updates.


Button Sales:
Buttons sales locations will be posted at the end of November, and begin selling mid December. Please check our Admissions tab for our location listing.

(2020 locations are not yet posted).

Bag Policy:

All bags are subject to search at every location. We want to ensure that everyone is safe and can enjoy themselves. 


Stay Connected:

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. Each performance will have different capacity amounts depending on their location.


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 (deb@eventkalamazoo.com) to see how they can become involved in the planning of New Year’s Fest:


Executive Board:


President:                          Larry Potter, PNC Credit CardServices

Vice President:                   Dave Overton, Retired

Recording Secretary:          Steve Ellis, Spark Magazine

Treasurer:                          Brenda Keelan, Edwards Garments


Standing Chairs:


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


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 Bunker
First Presbyterian Church – Mike Hammond

Farmers Alley Theatre - Jeremy Koch

Ladies Library Association - Marge Kars & Barbara Baker

First Baptist Church – Lori Lewis
First Congregational Church –  Michael Palmer & Mike Aurnack
Radisson - Denise Grosser & Jane Dagher
Kalamazoo Public Library – Farrell Howe
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts - Kimberely Earnshaw

Have you been downtown Kalamazoo for New Year's Fast in the past? Tell us about your experience.
Thank you for your support!

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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