New Year’s Fest is a performing arts festival that started back in 1985. New Year’s Fest celebrates the power of cultural arts and the sheer enjoyment of a community gathering on New Year’s Eve in the heart of our community.It is an all ages showcase of performing arts that takes place 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.
Over the years, the event really hasn’t changed. It is designed to allow you to pick what you want to see. The performances are scheduled on a rotating basis with acts repeated throughout the night (typically lasting 30 or 45 minutes). Use the grid to plan out your schedule, circle your choices and also make a note of performances that might be your first and second choices.
Since this is a volunteer driven event, please take a minute to thank the nearly 400 volunteers it takes to host New Year’s Fest. And, make sure to show them your button when you enter their performance sites. Our Bronson Park churches, the Kalamazoo Public Library, Jolliffe Center, Ladies’ Library Association, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, and The Radisson are pleased to open their doors to New Year’s Fest and the community as a way to support our performing arts and community celebration. As a guest, please respect these facilities. Many businesses, individuals, and foundations provide the financial support to cover nearly 80% of the cost for hosting this event.
This fabulous support makes it possible to provide a general admission button for only $5 (advanced sales). So, enjoy. And, if you would like to make a donation, please stop by the Information Tent in Bronson Park or visit our website.
For additional information about New Year's Fest, please visit our website at www.newyearsfest.com.