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First Night Monterey 2015
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A community celebration of the arts on New Year's Eve First Night is Monterey's most exciting, imaginative and uplifting cultural event Our theme for First Night Monterey 2015 is "SeaChanges, the Seaquel." 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!


Wednesday, December 31, 2014 from 3 PM through Midnight


Historic Downtown Monterey - Over 22 performance sites, most venues are indoors. First Night Monterey goes on "Rain or Shine"! 85% SITES INDOORS! Buy buttons online now and at stores!


Your Purchase Directly Supports the Artist Fees. Save $ by buying early! Admission Button Prices are:
ADULT BUTTON (16 and older)
$20 through December 30th
$24 December 31, 2014 (Day of Celebration), available at Event .
YOUTH BUTTON (6-15 years old)
$12 through December 30th
$15 December 31, 2014 (Day of Celebration), available at Event
Children five and under are admitted free!
Discounted Family Pack available online at reduced prices through Dec. 28!

Buttons on sale 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; or buy buttons online! Discounted Family Pack only available online through December 28, 2014.

Pick up buttons purchased on-line Dec 30-31st at our FNM Conference Center Will-Call Site


A community celebration of the arts, FNM is an affordable, alcohol-free family celebration. 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 2015!

SeaChanges, the Seaquel! presents the majesty of the ocean and the issues of pollution through artwork completed this past year by youth and community members. The resolution room- challenging all of us to see the change we can make in our individual lives to "Sea" Changes!

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, folk music and magic show will entertain children of all ages. Join us for the Twilight Procession at 5:30 as we process down Alvarado Street. Commit your New Year's resolution at the interactive Resolution Sculpture. Performances range from Classical to Hip Hop, Jazz to Reggae, Dance Venues to the Written Word and a whole lot of art!

Grand Finale starts at 11:15. Check program and Finale webpage for complete details. There wll be two indoor finales to choose from (Rock/R&B/Latin or Reggae/Jazz/Samba) and a ticket (no cost to button-holders) is required; get your ticket after 8pm at the Portola Plaza Kiosk.

First Night Basics:

All Cultural Institutions and MST busses are wheelchair accessible. Please note that strollers are not permitted in the aisles of performance venues due to fire regulations. You will be asked to leave them in lobby areas while attending performances.
Sorry, dogs and other pets are not allowed at FNM venues –outdoors or indoors.
In addition to public restrooms throughout downtown and inside all button venues, portable toilets are located on Pacific Street at Colton Hall Lawn; at Alvardo and Bonifacio and in the public parking lots open during First Night.
The First Aid station is located in Command Center in the Monterey Conference Center – located at Del Monte and Calle Principal, near the volunteer check-in area left rear lobby. For serious medical attention call 911, or ask a volunteer or Police Officer for assistance. Children and items: Lost and Found is located with First Aid in the Command Center. Parents seeking lost children should report here. To report a lost child, or if you have found a lost child, ask a First Night volunteer or a Police Officer for assistance.
First Night programming takes place regardless of weather conditions. Rain or shine, First Night Monterey will joyfully proceed regardless of weather. 90% of First Night venues are indoors! Kids' Night Out will be moved into the Conference Center in the event of rain.
No alcohol is sold or permitted at First Night Monterey. Laws against public consumption will be enforced.
Some events are in places of worship. Please show proper respect. Food, beverages and smoking are not permitted at venues unless otherwise posted.
Review the schedules before you come - there's a lot to see and do. Admission to performances is first come, first served with buttons; we make every effort to ensure that events begin at scheduled times and venues are cleared between performances. There is no reserved seating. Late admission is at the discretion of site management.
Space in the Finale venues is limited, so a Finale ticket (no extra cost to button-holders) is required to get into either of the two venues. PICK UP YOUR FINALE TICKET at the Portola Plaza ticket booth (look for the signs!) at the Conference Center after 8pm until they're gone.
With the assistance of the Monterey Police Department, First Night will be staffed with police officers and security stationed throughout the festival footprint. Streets within the footprint are closed to traffic, including bicycles. In the interest of safety, please leave at home your large purses, backpacks and large bags - you will be asked to leave them at the door and they will be subject to a visual search. FIRST NIGHT IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR LOST OR STOLEN ITEMS
Valet parking is not available. First Night encourages patrons to ride the MST busses, free with your admisison button. Ample parking is available at Del Monte Center, with shuttle service to the festival, courtesy of MST. Please visit our Park & Ride page for details.

Hotels and Restaurants:

There are many hotels to choose from in Monterey, some offer ticket packages. First Night Monterey has a large and 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.


Help us in our mission to bring the arts to underserved communities in Monterey County. First Night Monterey is a 503(c)(3) organization and your donations are fully tax-deductible.


Contact Us

First Night Monterey

Office: 542 Archer Street, Monterey, CA
Mail: P.O. Box 185, Monterey, CA 93942
Phone: 831.373.4778
Fax: 831.642.9860
email: info[at]firstnightmonterey[dot]org

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