Happy (almost) 2020, Wichita! Here are some of the best New Years Eve events in Wichita, from budget-friendly to lavish nights on the town.
We’ve put the events into two sections below: family-friendly New Year’s Eve events and New Year’s eve parties for adults
I will say that some of the adult parties are more than we usually consider “cheap” but some of them include a lot, like drink tickets, live entertainment, hotel rooms, etc. We’ve ordered them by price (within each section) to make it easier for you to find the inexpensive New Year’s Eve events.
Whatever you choose to do, we want to wish you a Happy New Year!
*Be sure to check the date of each event, as some may not actually be held on December 31!
New Year’s Eve parties and events for adults
New Year’s Eve with Harrison Steele & Yellow-Bellied Sullivan from 8 p.m. until after midnight on December 31 at Augustino Brewing Company. There’s no cover for the party, but Augustino and Angry Elephant BBQ (the food side of the brewery) will offer a special meal package, reserved seating, and party favors for $40 per person in advance. ($60 if you wait to purchase on NYE, so don’t wait.)
El Ano Nuevo Fiesta at Rain Cafe and Lounge from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m. on December 31. Karoake and DJ Sunshine. No cover.
New Year’s Eve in Dockum There’s no cover for the NYE celebrations in Dockum; however, reservations are encouraged because they expect to be busy. Sienna Tuscan restaurant upstairs will offer a 4-course dinner (see below). Complimentary appetizers will be offered during the evening, party favors, live entertainment, and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight.
Mort’s Roaring 2020s New Year’s Eve Party from 5 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Live music from William Flynn Jazz and Sunshine the Bunny, champagne toast at midnight, costume contest, and Gatsby-era cocktail specials.
New Year’s Eve 2020 Disco Dance Party from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Wave – Indoor. A night of boogie dancing 70’s-style. DJs Merlin Brando + Dottie Green will spin disco jamz and a champagne toast at midnight. Champagne buckets available for purchase. Only for 21+. Tickets: $5
Headshots New Years Eve from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Headshots Bar & Grill. Gaming and drinking with fellow nerds to ring in the New Year. Champagne toast at midnight; $2 drink specials all night. Tickets $5
Lucky People New Year’s Eve dance party at River City Brewery from 6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. No reservations, 21+ only. $10
Roaring 20s New Year’s Eve Party from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Vorshay’s Cocktail Lounge. New Year’s Eve party/dance with pop, country, and rock. Tickets $10 to $250.
New Year’s Eve Party at The New Stadium from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. with live entertainment, prizes and a raffle, and $1 champagne toast at midnight. $10
NYE 2020 at The Loony Bin from either 7:30 p.m. or 10 p.m. (2 separate events) at 215 N. St. Francis in Wichita, KS. Laugh in the new year with comic Chris Killian. 7:30 p.m. is show-only; 10 p.m. performance includes comedy show, party favors, snacks, and a champagne toast to ring in the new year. Ages 21 and up only for either show. Tickets: $15 for the 7:30 p.m. performance or $30 for the 10 p.m. performance plus party.
New Year’s Eve Party in McPherson from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m at the McPherson Community Building, 122 E. Marlin Music, dancing, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Must be 21+ Tickets $30 each or reserve an 8-person table for $200.
New Year’s Eve concert with Logan Mize and Jill Martin doors open at 8 p.m. and show starts at 9 p.m. at the Cotillion Ballroom in west Wichita at 11120 West Kellogg St, Wichita, KS 67209. Tickets are $35 each.
Hangover Half Series NYE marathon Thanks to reader Diana for this one! Race in the new year by running across the Keeper bridge around midnight. You’ll receive a commemorative hat, long-sleeve shirt, finishers medal and enjoy post-race warm sparkling cider and cookies. Registration fee $40-$45.
Tanganyika New Year’s Eve Party from 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at Tanganyika Wildlife Park, 1000 S. Hawking Ln. in Goddard, KS. Drinks, hors d’oeuvres by 6S Steakhouse, animal ambassadors, music, balloon drop at midnight, champagne toast. Tickets $50 (in advance)/$75 at the door to $125
A Night at the Oscars New Year’s Eve Party from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Chicken N Pickle, 1240 N. Greenwich Road. Come as your favorite celebrity or in your best suit for a Night at the Oscars. DJ, photo opps, dancing, heavy hors d’oeuvres, red carpet walk, silent auction. Tickets $60 to $200.
New Year’s Eve (afternoon) barrel tasting at Grace Hill Winery in Whitewater, KS from 2 p.m. until about 5 p.m. Take a stroll through the cellar with Grace Hill’s founder and learn about the different grapes they grow and how climate, yeast and barrel type influence the taste of the wine. Wine tasting and a charcuterie plate included in the $60 ticket price.
Hollywood Glamour 2020 from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Venue at Madison Avenue Central Park in Derby. Food, drinks, swag, DJ, and a midnight champagne toast. Tickets $65 to $900
NYE in the ICT 2020 from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency Wichita. DJ Carbon and “the biggest balloon drop in the city” along with drinks, appetizers, party favors, midnight champagne toast, photobooth. Fancy dress (no jeans please). Tickets $75 in advance; $100 at the door.
New Year’s Eve with Jenny Dawn Cellars from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Union Station winery, 703 E. Douglas Ave. Three course meal, wine, music and a night of dancing. Sparkling wine toast at midnight. Tickets $75
New Year’s Eve dinner at Sienna Tuscan Steakhouse with seatings from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Make a reservation for a 4-course dinner, live entertainment, and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. $75
Gatsby: A New Year’s Eve Soiree at 8 p.m. at the Crown Uptown, 3207 E. Douglas Ave. in Wichita. Live entertainment from Aerotones Big Band, appetizers from George’s French Bistro, complimentary drinks, New Year’s Eve party favors, midnight champagne toast. Tickets: $75 to $1500
Marriott New Year’s Eve from 7 p.m. until checkout time the next day at Wichita Marriott, 9100 Corporate Hills Drive, Wichita, KS 67207. Includes overnight accommodations, live music, prime rib dinner, balloon drop, and champagne toast. $255 each or $320 per couple.
Family-Friendly New Years Eve Events
SNOW DAY! Wichita Parks and Rec has pushed back the date of the snow day to December 31. Show up to go sledding in the man-made snow on the hill at the Mid-America All-Indian Center beginning at 9 a.m. Get there early, because the event ends at 11 a.m. (After that, the snow might have all melted away.)
Noon Day New Years Party from 11:30 to 12:30 at two Wichita Public Library branches (Advanced Learning Library and Rockwell Branch Library). Celebrate the New Year with crafts, balloons, activities and fun. For ages 3 and up with their families. FREE
Noon Years Eve party at the Mulvane Public Library from 11 a.m. to noon. Fun for kids ages 2-6, including games, activities, crafts and a big balloon drop at noon. FREE. Pre-registration is appreciated so they’ll know how many kids to expect. Call (316) 777-1211 or stop by the front desk.
Happy Noon Year Celebration at the Derby Recreation Center from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Ring in the NOON year at this family-friendly NYE celebration in Derby, KS. Games, snacks, party hats, whittles, and a photo booth. All ages and pre-registration is encouraged so they can have an idea of attendance. $5 Tickets can be purchased in advance.
The Arcade will be open on NYE for video game fun from 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. Video games will be on free play and pinball games are just .50 each. Admission is $10 per adult and $8 for kids 10 and younger for all day (and evening) play!
Holly Jolly Jurassic Holiday NYE from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Field Station: Dinosaurs. Holiday fun at the close of the year. Tickets $10.
Illuminations at Botanica will be open on New Year’s Eve from 5:30 p.m. They usually have fireworks on this night, and they always have a cash bar for the grownups, lots of activities for the whole family, and of course 2 million lights to enjoy in the gardens. Tickets are $13 at the door for adults, $9 at the door for seniors/military/youth. You save $1 per ticket by purchasing online.
Noon Year’s Eve at Carousel Skate Center for kids 10 and under with their parents. Skate in the the noon year from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $12.89 for each participant (plus tax). Everyone, including an accompanying parent, needs a ticket, but non-participating parent tickets are $5.36 each (plus tax).
New Year’s Eve at Northrock Lanes with several different times. Get unlimited bowling, shoe rental for six people, unlimited pizza, salad, breadsticks, and soda. Price depends on which time slot you choose: 1:30-4:30 p.m. is $80 per lane; 5:30-8:30 p.m. is $100 per lane; 9:30-12:30 p.m. is $110 per lane.
New Year’s Eve at The Alley from 5:30-8:30 p.m. or 9:30-12:30 a.m. at 11413 E. 13th in Wichita. Family & friends can reserve a lane and get unlimited bowling, go karts, laser maze and Hologate virtual reality experience, along with pitchers of soda, pizza, and party favors. These book fast, so reserve yours soon. Price for the early party is $140 (for all 6 people) or pay $150 for the late (past midnight) party.
…keep checking back! We know there are more family-friendly NYE events to list here. 🙂