New Year’s Fest to go on, in person and virtually

Organizers plan a trimmed-down version of its annual New Year's Eve celebration, with performances in person and streamed online.

2020 is expected to have a New Year’s Eve celebration like no other. Despite the difficulties of hosting an event during a global pandemic, the organizers of Kalamazoo’s New Year’s Fest are plowing ahead with a celebration both in person and virtual.

In previous years, New Year’s Fest featured a variety of performers at venues throughout downtown Kalamazoo. This year’s event will be a muted affair, with in-person performances in one location only – on the steps of Old Burdick’s Bar and Grill at the Radisson Plaza Hotel.

Other performances will be held in other venues, but will be streamed online only to protect against the spread of COVID-19.

Performances will include live music, magicians, and line dancing and will run from 7pm to midnight. There will not be fireworks or a ball drop in Bronson Park, as there usually would be.

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“We can’t all be together this year as normal, but you can still enjoy our performing arts festival,” said New Year’s Fest president Larry Potter.

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