First Night Monterey - Celebrating Art for 26 Years!

Buy Buttons

THANKS TO ALL WHO BOUGHT BUTTONS FOR FNM 2019

Our First Night Buttons are a work of original art and their sales directly support the artists who performed at First Night Monterey! We thank you for buying buttons and for being a part of First Night Monterey 2019! Share your photos on our Facebook page!

Volunteers at FNM

THANKS TO OUR VOLUNTEERS FNM 2019

It would not be possible to present First Night Monterey without the support of hundreds of volunteers. First Night volunteers included teens, military personnel, retirees, service organizations and community members just like you! Volunteering with First Night is a great way for youth to fulfill their community service hours; artful activities are ongoing throughout the year.

Read in their own words, why and how volunteers work the biggest end-of-the-year party in town!

Kids Night Out

FIRST ACT FOR THE YOUNG-AT-HEART!

The most creative New Year's Eve for your family! First Night Monterey and Kids' Night Out kicked off at 3 PM with the Opening Ceremony at Colton Lawn on Pacific Street; Kids' Night Out culminated with the 5:30 PM Twilight Procession serving as the Finale. Music, song, drumming, dance, ballet, folk dancing in traditional costumes, face art, art creating, hat making and more completed your artful time!
Kids' Night Out Early Acts: Out by 9

Band on Street

THE SECOND ACT: THE MAIN EVENT!

Event goers "Buttoned-up" for 9 hours of entertainment! From Classical to Jazz, Blues to Rock, Samba to Folk! First Night Monterey 2019 had a line-up of over 65 performances designed to delight the entire family. World dance! International costumed dancers, including Chinese Lion dancers. Dancing to the sounds of country-western, oldies, rock-n-roll and tropical beats.
Monterey Center for Spiritual Living: This beautiful Sanctuary resounded with mellow sounds, beautiful voices and great arrangements throughout the night!
Multiple Venues throughout Downtown including the beautifully remodeled Conference Center featured music, art and community! Dancing to the sounds of live bands; Country-Western, Celtic, Folk, Latin, Marimba are just a few of the sounds heard. Art exhibits from First Night-sponsored workshops from Greenfield to Salinas and Marina were on view, and First Nighters posted their hopes and dreams for the New Year on our Resolution Sculpture.
All Performers by Genre New Acts This Year

Finale Band

FINALE PERFORMANCES - NEW YEAR'S EVE COUNTDOWN

The Grand Finale! Live music from featured performers brought us into the New Year with a countdown to midnight! There were two finales this year; one at the Golden State Theatre with Jonah & The Whalewatchers, and in the Serra Ballroom at the newly-remodeled Monterey Conference Center featuring The California Cowboys. Whether you were on your feet dancing or just sitting back and enjoying the tunes, we hope you had a fun and exciting time into the New Year! Happy New Year!
Finales

THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS

First Night Monterey 2019 Poster

FIRST NIGHT NAMED TOP REASON TO VISIT MONTEREY

The San Francisco Chronicle listed First Night Monterey as #5 in its 2015 article entitled "Ten Reasons to Visit Monterey County Now", describing First Night as "The state’s most dynamic and alcohol-free family-friendly New Year’s Eve festival." Thanks – we agree! Read the full article.