WATCH OUR VIDEO PLAYLIST FROM FNM 2016!
FIRST ACT FOR THE YOUNG - KIDS' NIGHT OUT!
The most creative New Year's Eve for your family!
Our afternoon program and Kids' Night Out kicked off at 3 PM with the Opening Ceremony at Colton Lawn on Pacific Street, culminating with the 5:30 PM Twilight Procession serving as the Kids' Finale. Music, song, drumming, dance, ballet, folk dancing in traditional costumes, face art, art creating, hat making and more! Activities at the Colton Lawn and Monterey Museum of Art on Pacific Street, and at Alvarado/Galleria completed your artful time!
See Kids' Night Out for descriptions of the afternoon activities and early evening programming.
THE SECOND ACT: THE MAIN EVENT!
You "Buttoned-up" for 9 hours of
entertainment! From Classical to Jazz, Blues
to Rock, Samba to Folk! FNM 2016 had a
complete line-up, designed to delight the entire family.
World dance in the street! International costumed dancers, including Chinese Lion dancers were on the streets. You danced to the sounds of oldies, rock-n-roll, tropical beats and West African sounds and joined your friends dancing with the Wii game "Just Dance!" Buying blinkies and light ups from our kiosks supported First Night and our art outreach programs.
Monterey Center for Spiritual Living: This beautiful Sanctuary resounded with mellow sounds, beautiful voices and great arrangements; choral, classical and cool jazz throughout the night!
Various Venues throughout Downtown, including the historic Golden State Theatre: Music, art and community! You danced to the sounds of live bands; Celtic, Folk, Latin, Marimba are just a few of the sounds heard. You viewed art exhibits from First Night-sponsored workshops from Greenfield to Salinas and Marina, and posted your hopes and dreams for the New Year on the Resolution Sculpture.
See a description of our 2016 performers.
FINALE PERFORMANCE - NEW YEAR'S EVE COUNTDOWN
The Grand Finale! Live music from featured performers brought us into the New Year with a countdown to midnight! This year we had four Finale Performances, two indoor finales and two outdoor finales. Read the performance details here!
THANK YOU TO OUR FIRST NIGHT VOLUNTEERS
It would not be possible to present FNM without the support of hundreds of volunteers. First Night volunteers this year included teens, military personnel, retirees, service organizations and community members just like you! We thank you for your participation in this community arts event!
Click here for more information about volunteering with FNM throughout the year!
FIRST NIGHT NAMED TOP REASON TO VISIT MONTEREY
The San Francisco Chronical has listed FIrst Night Monterey as #5 in its article entitled "Ten Reasons to Visit Montery 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.