Kansas City’s biggest and best New Year’s Eve celebrations

Updated: 2013-12-26T21:26:19Z


The Kansas City Star

In Panama, people celebrate the new year by burning effigies — called muñecos — of political figures and others.

In the Philippines, folks wear clothes with polka dots as a way to ensure a prosperous new year.

And in São Paulo and other South American cities, a New Year’s tradition is for people to wear brightly colored underpants — specifically red if they’re looking for love.

We Americans are a bit less flamboyant in celebrating New Year’s Eve.

The best we can do is gather in public places and count down the minutes and seconds while awaiting the dropping of a ball (Times Square), peach (Atlanta), orange (Miami) or even a pickle (Mount Olive, N.C.), a sardine (Eastport, Maine) or bologna (Lebanon, Pa.).

In Kansas City, ball drops take place at the Power & Light District and a few other places. But for the most part, our New Year’s celebrations consist of food, music and alcohol. Lots of alcohol.

(Of course, many people don’t celebrate at all. They’re asleep when the big moment arrives.)

Dec. 31 will be here before you know it, and as Kansas City enters 2014, almost every nightclub, bar, tavern or restaurant will have something going on.

Here are some of the biggest celebrations and select others so you can make plans — and reservations — for New Year’s Eve.


Where: 5240 Merriam Drive, Merriam.

When: 6 p.m., doors open; 8 p.m. show.

Details: Death By Diesel will provide the music. $10-$15.

Argosy Casino

Where: 777 NW Argosy Parkway, Riverside.

When: 9:30 p.m.

Details: Enjoy the casino, then go see Journeyman and Beatles tribute band Liverpool.

Blue Room

Where: 1616 E. 18th.

When: 7 p.m.

Details: A jazzy New Year’s Eve will feature the Doug Talley Quartet, Charles Williams’ Motown Review, a champagne toast and a gourmet buffet. $75 single; $120 couples.


Where: 4124 Pennsylvania.

When: 9 p.m.

Details: The Black Party will have four entertainment venues under one roof. $85.

Kansas City Convention Center Grand Ballroom

Where: 301 W. 13th.

When: 7 p.m.

Details: This is your more upscale New Year’s Eve event, with a dinner buffet and dancing to the Michael Beers Band. $114-$124.80.

Kauffman Center

Where: 1601 Broadway.

When: 7 p.m., hors d’oeuvres and drinks; 9 p.m. entertainment.

Details: In addition to food and unlimited drinks, Eve 2013 will have performances by Govinda, Dave Stephens Band, Vintage Trouble and Quixotic. $95-$225.


Where: 2715 Rochester.

When: 7 p.m., doors open; 8:30 p.m., show.

Details: The party will star Samantha Fish with Rick Gibson and the Peacemakers featuring Tom Hall. $47.50.

Lawrence Arts Center

Where: 940 New Hampshire, Lawrence.

When: 7 p.m., doors open; 8 p.m, show.

Details: The Nine Forty Live series will feature singer/songwriter Matt Pryor. $10.

Liberty Hall

Where: 644 Massachussetts, Lawrence.

When: 8 p.m.

Details: This is the place to go for a dose of burlesque, with performances by Approach and Hissyfit, as well as dancing all night with DJDG Boogie. $13.

Madrid Theatre

Where: 3810 Main.

When: 8 p.m.

Details: Billed as Kansas City’s “most exclusive” New Year’s Eve party with “black tie optional,” this event will feature party music by DJ Architekt. $89-$400.

Martini Corner

Where: 400 E. 31st.

When: 9 p.m.

Details: One ticket will get you drinks at five bars, plus DJs and a champagne toast. $75.

One Block South

Where: 7300 W. 119th, Overland Park.

When: 7 p.m.

Details: Three venues with entertainment: The Zeros will play at Fuel, and DJs will spearhead things at Kanza Hall and Mileu. $20.

Overland Park Convention Center

Where: 6000 College, Overland Park.

When: 7 p.m.

Details: The Omega Ball XII Scholarship Dinner and Dance will raise funds for scholarships for high school seniors. $50-$90.

Power & Light District

Where: 13th and Walnut.

When: 9 p.m.

Details: Advertised as “Kansas City’s biggest New Year’s Eve party,” this celebration includes access to at least 12 venues, with food, drinks, live music, party favors, a champagne toast and a ball drop. $89-$99.

Quality Hill Playhouse

Where: 303 W. 10th.

When: 6:30 and 10:30 p.m.

Details: The second of the two cabaret shows will include a midnight champagne toast. $38.

Scottish Rite Temple

Where: 1330 E. Linwood.

When: 9 p.m.; 8 p.m., VIP entry

Details: This site features eight party areas and 10 open bars, plus a balloon drop, party favors and a laser light show. $75-$100.

Uptown Theater

Where: 3700 Broadway.

When: 7 p.m.

Details: Five rooms of activities will range from drinking to a laser show to drinking to music to more drinking. $55-$60.

Uptown Arts Bar

Where: 3611 Broadway.

When: 9 p.m.

Details: It will be a Poets vs. Comics Blowout hosted by MissConception, with an appetizer buffet and midnight champagne toast included. $5 cover.

The View @ Briarcliff

Where: 4000 N. Mulberry.

When: 7 p.m., dinner; 9 p.m., entertainment.

Details: Cherry Bomb and DJ Ron will provide the entertainment following a buffet dinner. $99-$135.

VooDoo Lounge

Where: Harrah’s, North Kansas City.

When: 9 p.m.

Details: A Night With The Stars will feature DJ Highnoone and DJ Ashton Martin. $23.

Wonderscope Children’s Museum

Where: 5700 King, Shawnee.

When: Noon.

Details: This is for the kiddos, with a balloon drop at noon, art activities and the traditional New Year’s Eve treat of toast with juice. $5-$15.

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