Fast Facts - First Night Monterey


A community celebration of the arts on New Year's Eve, First Night is Monterey's most exciting, imaginative and uplifting cultural event. FNM is an affordable, alcohol-free family celebration. Our theme for First Night Monterey 2017 is "Phases of the Moon!" Explore the website for overview of program, performers, kids' night out, ticket information and sales. Download the complete program guide in late December. Plan your night ahead by reviewing program and performers - it's a big night!


December 31 from 3 PM through Midnight


Historic Downtown Monterey - Multiple performance sites, most venues are indoors. First Night Monterey goes on "Rain or Shine"! 85% SITES INDOORS! Buy buttons online now and at our retail partners beginning after Thanksgiving!


Save $ by buying early! Admission Buttons go on-sale in November. Your Purchase Directly Supports the Artist Fees. Prices and dates are subject to change.

ADULT BUTTON (16 and older)
$20 Early Bird Price November through December 5, 2016
$22 Advance Purchase Price December 6 through December 30th
$24 Full Price December 31 (Day of Celebration), available at Event .
YOUTH BUTTON (6-15 years old)
$12 Early Bird Price November through December 5, 2016
$15 Advance Purchase Price December 6 through December 30th
$18 Full Price December 31 (Day of Celebration), available at Event

Children five and under are admitted free! Discounted Family Pack (2 Adult and 2 Youth buttons) available online only, through December 28!
Buttons on sale after Thanksgiving at many local stores in Monterey County: Safeway Stores- all Monterey County Stores, Nob Hill Stores in Monterey & Salinas, Walgreens in Monterey & Seaside, 7-Eleven Stores in Monterey and Del Rey Oaks, Monterey Sports Center, Rabobank in Pacific Grove, Seaside and Marina or buy buttons online!

We do not mail buttons. Pick up buttons purchased on-line December 30-31 at Will-Call.


A creation of activities, colors, lights, musical entertainment and performances unfolds on New Year's Eve in Historic Downtown Monterey for First Night Monterey as we dance, play, act, perform, create and sing our way into the New Year! We invite you to a very special party as we transform the streetscapes, buildings, theaters, churches and concert halls throughout Historic Downtown Monterey into a fun, informative and unique way for the community to experience multiple forms of art on an evening where we celebrate our uniqueness, our commonality and the coming of the New Year!

Activities begin at 3:00PM with the Opening Ceremony staged on Colton Lawn stage on Pacific Street. Kids Night Out! begins at 3:30PM with interactive art activities: face painting, henna tattoo artists, puppet art theater, interactive art activities and folk music will entertain children of all ages. Join us for the Twilight Procession at 5:30. Commit your New Year's resolution at the interactive Resolution Sculpture, challenging all of us to see the changes we can make in our individual lives! Performances range from Classical to Hip Hop, Jazz to Reggae, Dance Venues to the Written Word and a whole lot of art; FNM presents artwork completed this past year by youth and community members within our ArtWorks! Outreach projects.

Grand Finale starts at 11:15. Check program and return to our website for complete details, a separate ticket is required for the indoor finale; get your finale ticket after 8pm at the Portola Plaza Kiosk.

Hotels and Restaurants:

There are many hotels to choose from in Monterey, we suggest some that offer ticket packages through our Celebrate and Sleep program. First Night Monterey has a varied selection of food and beverage booths for your enjoyment. The Monterey Peninsula has excellent restaurants of every conceivable type; far too many to be listed here. For listings and reviews, go to We are located in historic downtown Monterey.