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.


Event Specifics:
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.


Event Brochure:

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


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.

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. 


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 – 
First Presbyterian Church – 

Farmers Alley Theatre - 

Ladies Library Association -   
First Baptist Church – 
First Congregational Church –  
Radisson - 
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 deb@eventkalamazoo.com

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New Year's Fest of Kalamazoo

1417 S. Burdick St.

Kalamazoo, MI 49001