Everything You Need to Know about New Year’s Eve in Kansas City


New Year's Eve 2018

Big bands swing the night away as hundreds pack into historic Union Station, champagne glasses held aloft, awaiting the ball to drop and the clock to strike midnight. Earlier, kids young and old celebrated with animals from across the globe at the Kansas City Zoo, proving you don’t have to be of age to get wild for the New Year.

It’s New Year’s Eve in Kansas City, a time to celebrate, reflect and look forward to everything that the future holds in the City of Fountains.

Here’s everything you need to know about New Year’s Eve in Kansas City:

Countdown Bashes


Kansas City celebrates New Year’s Eve all throughout the metro. Whether you’re in Downtown KC, Westport, the Crossroads Arts District or Country Club Plaza—plus all the other great neighborhoods—you’ll find parties galore and special ways to count down to 2019.

Take, for example, New Year’s Swingin’ Eve at Union Station, a big-band-fueled bash complete with a midnight balloon drop, celebratory dancing and bubbly toasts all around. Other parties are less dress-up and more party-down. Up north, head to The Village at Briarcliff for the fifth annual New Year's Eve Party at The View, a premium countdown experience featuring gourmet food, DJ entertainment and plenty more.


Over at the Power & Light District you’ll find great DJs, confetti cannons, variety performances and more at NYE Live! at the KC Live! Block in the Power & Light District.


New in 2018, head to Worlds of Fun for New Year’s Eve at WinterFest, a special event featuring live music, Snoopy’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve Party, fireworks and other family-friendly entertainment. 


Check out Irish New Year’s Eve at Kelly’s Westport Inn to ring in the upcoming year on Ireland time when the ball drops on the Emerald Isle at 6 p.m. KC time.


Big group or by yourself, Topgolf in Overland Park makes for a unique alternative to crowded bars by offering a stellar NYE experience with unlimited play, drinks and more.


Try your luck at  any of the area’s casinos, such as Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway and Isle of Capri Casino, for late-night fun that doesn’t stop when the ball drops.

New Year’s Performances


If you’re out and about in Downtown KC, head to Quality Hill Playhouse’s New Year’s Eve Cabaret Show for a celebration featuring jazz, swing, Broadway and pop tunes. And with two show times, you can fit more into your night.

Expect rip-roaring good times at some of Kansas City’s favorite performance venues, including Knuckleheads in the East Bottoms. 

Family-Friendly Festivities


Not everyone can be out until the wee hours of the morning to celebrate the New Year. Thankfully Kansas City is full of fun year-end festivities for kids and parents alike.


Young ones will love Zoo Year’s Eve at the Kansas City Zoo, the perfect place to get up close and personal with exotic animals.

Another great option for children is Noon Year’s Eve at Science City at Union Station. The interactive, hands-on science playground serves as a safe and fun environment for kids to play on the last day of the year. 

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Other New Year's Events in KC

Distillery Tours

Tom’s Town Distilling Co. is downtown Kansas City’s first legal distillery since Prohibition. Drawing inspiration from the country’s most polarizing and corrupt political boss, Tom Pendergast, Tom’s Town brings to life the glamorous magnetism of the Gatsby-era.

Beauty of the Game

The exhibit highlights the story of Effa Manley, who along with her husband, Abe, owned the Newark Eagles. However, it was Mrs. Manley who ran the day-to-day operations of the team from 1935-46 and eventually became the sole owner following her husband’s death. Mrs. Manley was a savvy executive and a shrewd negotiator who knew the business of baseball as well as any of her male counterparts.

Trivia Tuesdays at Bar K with Geeks Who Drink

Geeks Who Drink has brought the nation’s best pub quiz to Bar K Dog Bar! Best of all...you can bring your dog! Join us for 8 rounds of live-hosted trivia. Our weekly quiz is free to play and we’ll be giving away prizes for answering bonus questions and gift cards for our top teams at the end of the night. Geeks Who Drink rules limit the total number of players on your team to 6, so gather your smartest friends (and their dogs, if you want) and come down.

Final Fridays Art Walk in Lawrence, Kansas

On the last Friday of every month (all year long!) from 5-9 PM, the streets of Downtown Lawrence and the Warehouse Arts District erupt. Storefronts convert into flash spaces and performances and exhibits spill in and out of galleries and businesses.  Final Fridays include activities for kids, exhibitions designed to challenge adults, music, dance, and theater for all ages.

Farmers Market

Rain or shine, City Market hosts the region’s largest Farmers Market on Saturdays and Sundays year-round. More than 150 vendor stalls burst with locally-grown plants, fruits, vegetables, meats, herbs, bakery items, cut flowers, and much more. City Market shops and restaurants remain open after Farmers Market ends. 

Science City

Science City is a place of wonder, where kids and adults can find something new with each visit. Throw the don't touch mindset out the window. There are no tests and no wrong or right answers, just a chance to explore with freedom and pure imagination.

Its magic starts with its location. An architectural and historic marvel, Union Station provides a venue unlike any other science center in the nation.

From the moment you pass under the clock tower to your first step inside the cityscape of Science.

Farmers Market

Rain or shine, City Market hosts the region’s largest Farmers Market on Saturdays and Sundays year-round. More than 150 vendor stalls burst with locally-grown plants, fruits, vegetables, meats, herbs, bakery items, cut flowers, and much more. City Market shops and restaurants remain open after Farmers Market ends. 

Monday Board Game Tavern at Alamo

Play games! Make new friends or play with old ones.

Alamo Drafthouse and Level One Game Shop are hosting Monday Night Board Game Tavern. We'll be bringing a large selection of games for people to play or learn, and we are here to make sure people have groups to play with. You are more than welcome to bring your own games as well!

Please support the bar and staff by ordering drinks, food, and by tipping. Supporting the venue will help ensure we can keep coming back with more great games!

Come earlier for Happy Hour Specials.
5 pm to 7 pm.

The KC Improv Comedy Show

The KC Improv Show is The KC Improv Company’s signature show, featuring improvised comedy from the cast of The KC Improv Company. Games. Scenes. Characters. All made up, based on your suggestions.

The KC Improv Company started in a basement. 19 years later, they perform 5 comedy shows a week at The KC Improv Company Theater, multiple private events throughout the Kansas City area, and operate a year-round curriculum of improv classes.

Tandy Shoppe

The KC Improv Company presents Tandy Shoppe! Join Tandy as they invite one of their favorite teams to perform, before closing out the sweetest night in improv.
Tandy (Tiffany Chappell & Andy Perkins) take the stage to explore the connection between two characters. Based on your suggestion, Tandy finds the heart and humor that can come from two people in one place.