Cheers to That: New Year’s Eve Celebrations in Kansas City
The final days of 2017 are numbered, so why not jump-start your new year with a few of Kansas City’s anticipated celebratory shindigs.
New Year’s Swingin’ Eve
8 p.m., Union Station, Kansas City, Mo.
Swing into the New Year with Union Station’s extravagant Gatsby-era style celebration. Favorite, Dave Stephens with the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra 7 and KC All Stars will bring the big band swing plus hits you love from the ‘60s to now. Also on the itinerary, swing lessons from local company 627 Stomp, hot appetizers, party favors and a champagne toast.
30 W. Pershing Rd., Kansas City, Mo., (816) 460-2020, unionstation.org. $110.
The Black Party XIV
8 p.m., Californos, Kansas City, Mo.
Historic Westport sets the stage with a fun-filled send off with a chic, multi-experience gala. Come dressed to the nines, and customize your celebration with one of four all-inclusive rooms brimming with DJs and musical menus, signature cocktails and a 10-piece buffet.
4124 Pennsylvania Ave., Kansas City, Mo., (816) 531-7878, blackpartykc.com. $75 to $125.
New Year’s Eve at the Uptown
8 p.m., Uptown Theater, Kansas City, Mo.
Forget the velvet rope, everyone’s VIP here. This end-of-the-year bash gives partygoers a taste of the charmed life with five rooms, each with its own musical vibe and open well bar, a laser light show, craft beer lounge, champagne all night and a house-rocking performance by Casi Joy.
3700 Broadway Rd., Kansas City, Mo., (816) 753-8665, uptowntheater.com. $50.
8 p.m., Kansas City Live Block, Kansas City, Mo.
Get pumped for midnight with the Power & Light District’s larger-than-life NYE party. Ring in the New Year with three party packages that incorporate the buzz of the block’s bars and nightclubs, along with live music, DJs, all-inclusive food and drink packages, an unforgettable ball drop with confetti and more.
1330 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, Mo., (816) 842-1045, nye-live.com/kansas-city. $60 to $180.
9 a.m., Wonderscope, Shawnee
Before you boogie till the break of dawn, ring in the “noon year” with your little ones. Enjoy entertainment by Full O’Ballooney, music by Mr. Stinky Feet, and of course the countdown complete with hats, noisemakers and a confetti blast.
5700 King St., Shawnee, Kan., (913) 287-8888, wonderscope.org. Free to $8.
American Girl NYE Pajama Rama & Masquerade Ball
3 p.m., DoubleTree by Hilton, Overland Park
Jump-start your New Year with a slumber party fit for a princess (or prince). This all-inclusive package features a doll bed, robe and slippers to match your own; a full breakfast; a ticket to the masquerade ball and a shuttled visit to the American Girl store on New Year’s Day for the unveiling of the 2018 GOTY and private shopping.
10100 College Blvd., Overland Park, Kan., (913) 451-6100, doubletree.com. $209.
Noon Year’s Eve at Science City
12 p.m., Science City at Union Station, Kansas City, Mo.
Little explorers will discover the magic of science through hands-on experiments, and make-and-take crafts and stage shows that will blow your mind.
30 W. Pershing Rd., Kansas City, Mo., (816) 460-2020, unionstation.org. Free to $13.25.
New Year’s Eve at the Granada
8 p.m., The Granada, Lawrence
Groove the night away at this all-night jam fest featuring The Sluts, La Guerre, Stik Figa, JC & the Nuns and The Starchild at The Granada Theater and Lincoln Marshall, Ebony Tusks, Life Coach, Asterales and Kat King at Lucia Beer Garden + Grill. $5 gets you access to both shows and a balloon drop with a champagne toast at midnight.
1020 Massachusetts St., Lawrence, Kan., (785) 842-1390, thegranada.com. $5.
Kid Rock: The Greatest New Year’s Eve Bash on Earth!
9 p.m., Sprint Center, Kansas City, Mo.
With a title like “Greatest New Year’s Eve Bash on Earth,” the “All Summer Long” rocker is sure to bring a high-octane evening of cheers and thrills. Expect hits from “Bawitdaba” to “Tennessee Mountain Top” and a show you’ll still be raving about the next day.
1407 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, Mo., (816) 949-7100, sprintcenter.com. $20 to $129.
The Grisly Hand NYE Blowout
8 p.m., The Ship, Kansas City, Mo.
Ditch the party scene and rock the night away at the Ship instead. There’s no kitchen, no food, no reservations and no minors, just local outfit, The Grisly Hand, rocking the house. What more could you ask for? Oh yeah, a free champagne toast for all aboard.
1217 Union Ave., Kansas City, Mo., (816) 471-7447. $10.
Fine Dining Fêtes
New Year’s Eve Brunch and Dinner
9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Gram & Dun, Kansas City, Mo.
End your 2017 on a full stomach at Country Club Plaza hotspot Gram & Dun. Savor a menu filled with G&D favorites and chef-created specials for brunch or cozy up and dig into the same offerings for dinner, with an additional special a la carte menu.
600 Ward Pkwy., Kansas City, Mo., (816) 389-2900, gramanddun.com.
New Year’s Eve at Stock Hill
2 p.m., Stock Hill, Kansas City, Mo.
Toast to new beginnings in the comforts of this reimagined steakhouse with a la carte offerings like pan-roasted maple leaf duck, crab cappelletti and dry aged Kansas City strip. Be serenaded into the New Year with the stylings of the Love Band, beginning at 9 p.m.
4800 Main St., Ste. G001, Kansas City, Mo., (816) 895-8400, stockhillkc.com.
New Year’s Eve Dinner!
5 p.m., Webster House, Kansas City, Mo.
Crossroads eatery Webster House is pulling out all the stops for 2018 with a delicious four-course menu from chef Brandon Winn. Featured dishes include torchon de foie gras, blue crab bisque, short rib, roasted rack of lamb and meyer lemon mille feuille.
1644 Wyandotte St., Kansas City, Mo., (816) 221-4713, websterhousekc.com. $75.
Off the Party Path
New Year’s Eve Run
9 a.m., Lawrence River Trail, Lawrence
There’s still time to accomplish something before the clock strikes midnight, and Gary Gribbles in Lawrence is here to help. Novices and pros alike can take on this three-to-five mile jaunt on the trails or levee of the Lawrence River Trails and enjoy a bowl of chili and more back at the store.
New Year’s Eve 2018
6 p.m., Best Western Plus, Lee’s Summit
Fans of TV show “The Big Bang Theory” know the drill, NYE for nerdy folks isn’t complete without cosplay. In the 2nd annual shindig, join fellow gamers, cosplayers and comicon volunteers for night of music, dancing, karaoke and of course, drinks.
4825 NE Lakewood Way., Lee’s Summit, Mo., facebook.com/events/2044495425834603. $40 to $79.
SoT Presents: A Very ‘90s New Year’s Eve Costume Party
9 p.m., SoT, Kansas City, Mo.
Prepare to party like it’s 1999. This quirky craft-cocktail bar relives the ‘90s with enough decade-accurate and inspired costumes, reimagined cocktails, hits and movie references to make you feel like Marty McFly in Back to the Future Part III.
1521 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, Mo., (816) 842-8482, sotkc.com. $70.