PLANNING FNM 2015, "SEA-CHANGES, THE SEAQUEL"
Planning is in the final stages for First NIght Monterey 2015! A community celebration of the arts, FNM is an affordable, alcohol-free family celebration; a creation of activities, colors, lights, music, and performances that unfolds on New Year's Eve in Historic Downtown Monterey as we dance, play, act, perform, create and sing our way into 2015! SeaChanges challenges us to see the changes we can make to "Sea" Changes! Be a part of the Twilight Procession! Find a hotel with our Celebrate and Sleep ticket package. By buying a First Night Button, you support First Night artists and enable First Night ArtWorks! Outreach programs! Bookmark this page and return frequently to get the newest information.
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 kicks 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, balloon magic, art creating, hat making and more! Activities at the Colton Lawn and Monterey Museum of Art on Pacific Street, and the Monterey Conference Center and Alvarado/Galleria activities complete your artful time! Read more about Kids' Night Out and afternoon activities for the family.
THE SECOND ACT: THE MAIN EVENT!
"Button-up" for 9 hours of
entertainment! From Classical to Bluegrass, Reggae
to Rock, Jazz to Folk! FNM 2015 will have a
complete line-up, delighting the entire family.
World dance in the street! International costumed dancers, including Chinese Lion dancers will be on the streets. Dancing to the sounds of oldies, rock-n-roll, tropical beats and West African sounds. Join your friends dancing with the game Just Dance! Buying blinkies and light ups from our kiosks supports First Night and our art outreach programs.
Monterey Center for Spiritual Living: This beautiful Sanctuary resounds with mellow sounds, beautiful voices and great arrangements; choral, jazz and classical music throughout the night!
Monterey Conference Center: Three floors of music, art and community! Dance to the sounds of live bands; Rock, 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. Walk through our virtual Undersea Experience and post your hopes and dreams for the New Year on the Resolution Sculpture. .
Golden State Theatre: Savor the sounds of more live entertainment - Celtic, Folk and Reggae!
See descriptions of our 2015 performers here. Our complete 2015 program will be available in late December. Watch for your copy in the Monterey County Weekly.
FINALE PERFORMANCE - NEW YEAR'S EVE COUNTDOWN
Two Grand Finales! Live music will bring us into the New Year at the Conference Center Serra Ballroom with dancing to the sounds of Nu-Horizon's rock, R&B, and Latin rhythms. At the historic Golden State Theatre the finale features the Caribbean/African music of Jonah and the Whalewatchers reggae and the Sambahemians, bringing a Mardi Gras atmosphere to the Finale! Read more about this year's Finales.
Download the free Eventbase mobile/phone App to get scheduling information during the event! Seach for First Night within the App to find us!
THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS
We couldn't do it without you!
A BIG THANK YOU TO OUR FIRST NIGHT VOLUNTEERS
Be a part of First Night 2015! 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! Click here for more information about volunteering with FNM!