Welcome to our FNM 2018 website, celebrating 25 years! Planning is being finalized and we will keep you updated with changes as they occur. Watch for a complete listing of performers, coming later this month (you can see a sneak peek here). 80% of the performances are indoors and an FNM Button is your ticket to those performances. Weather forecast is looking GREAT for First Night Monterey! Pick up this week's free Monterey County Weekly for your copy of the FNM Program Guide, or download it here! Buy Buttons at the event, or at our retail partners in Monterey: Safeway, Walgreens, 7/11 and Nob Hill. Download our event app on your smartphone and look for First Night Monterey.Where to Buy Buttons App DownloadFind Will-Call
The most creative New Year's Eve for your family!
First Night Monterey and Kids' Night Out kicks off at 3 PM with the Opening Ceremony at Colton Lawn on Pacific Street; Kids' Night Out culminates 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 will complete your artful time!
Buy Buttons and "Button-up" for 9 hours of
entertainment! From Classical to Jazz, Blues
to Rock, Samba to Folk! FNM 2018 will have 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 oldies, rock-n-roll and tropical beats.
Monterey Center for Spiritual Living: This beautiful Sanctuary will resound with mellow sounds, beautiful voices and great arrangements throughout the night!
Various Venues throughout Downtown, including the historic Golden State Theatre: Music, art and community! Dance to the sounds of live bands; Celtic, Folk, Latin, Marimba are just a few of the sounds you will hear. View art exhibits from First Night-sponsored workshops from Greenfield to Salinas and Marina, and post your hopes and dreams for the New Year on our Resolution Sculpture.
It would not be possible to present FNM without the support of hundreds of volunteers. First Night volunteers last year included teens, military personnel, retirees, service organizations and community members just like you! Earn free admission button for 4+ hours of volunteer activity on New Year's Eve! Volunteering with FNM is a great way for youth to fulfill their community service hours; artful activities are ongoing throughout December.Read Moreabout Volunteering.
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.
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