You don’t have to look far or be of age to experience a memorable New Year’s Eve in the state of Kansas. The sunflower state boasts a wide variety of festive activities and unique venues ranging from throwback parties to black tie events and comedy shows. Kid-friendly celebrations are scattered throughout the state, as well, and you might even spot a ghost at a haunted mansion party. You may be surprised at all Kansas has to offer for ringing in the New Year.
For an unforgettable experience this New Year’s Eve, head to the New Year’s Eve Masquerade at the historic and haunted McInteer Villa in Atchison. Join paranormal researcher and TV personality Dustin Pari as he hosts this masquerade event along with paranormal enthusiast Stephanie O'Reilly and the building owner. Enjoy live presentations, paranormal investigations, drinks, music, food, and a midnight champagne toast.
Party like it’s 1930 at the Aztec Shawnee Theater’s New Year’s Eve jazz celebration. Get down on the dance floor to the live jazz music, enjoy a scavenger hunt, have some specialty drinks reminiscent of the 1930’s, and maybe win a prize or two. This hopping event also features a midnight champagne toast and balloon drop to ring in the New year.
Experience red carpet treatment this New Year’s Eve at the Warren Place New Year’s Eve Gala in Gardner. This upscale cocktail event is for adults only and features live DJ entertainment, dancing, three rounds of appetizers, tabletop games, cash bar access, non-alcoholic beverages, a photobooth camera, and midnight toast.
Come out to the Wichita Union Stockyards for an unforgettable evening with Marty Haggard, the son of legend Merle Haggard, and the Jason Boyd Band. Marty is known to look and sound like his dad. Dance the night away to country music and enjoy an all-you-can eat breakfast buffet served right after midnight.
Kick off the New Year family-style at the New Year’s Cheer event hosted by the Wichita Art Museum. This kid-friendly event is free and features music, art-making activities, exhibitions, and hourly countdown celebration in a creative, cheerful atmosphere. Don’t forget to explore the other collections in the museum, as well.
Bring in the New Year with a blast at the Kick Start Saloon, known as Topeka’s friendliest biker bar and the home of the world’s oldest motorcycle. The New Year’s Eve Bash features live music entertainment with a free cover, dancing, and drinks in a unique setting.