First Night Monterey

First Night Monterey 2016
Fast Facts


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 2016 is "Art Connecting Communities." 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!


Thursday, December 31, 2015 from 3 PM through Midnight


Historic Downtown Monterey - Over 22 performance sites, most venues are indoors. First Night Monterey goes on "Rain or Shine"! Buy buttons online and at stores beginning in November!


Your Purchase Directly Supports the Artist Fees. Admission Buttons go on-sale in November. Save $ by buying early! Prices are:
ADULT BUTTON (16 and older)
$15 November through December 5th
$20 December 6th through December 30th
$22 December 31, 2015 (Day of Celebration), available at Event .
YOUTH BUTTON (6-15 years old)
$10 November through December 5th $12 December 6th through December 30th
$15 December 31, 2015 (Day of Celebration), available at Event
Children five and under are admitted free! Discounted Family Pack (2 Adult and 2 Youth buttons) 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, Rabobank in Pacific Grove, Gonzales and Marina; or buy buttons online! Discounted Family Pack only available online through December 28, 2015.

We do not mail buttons. Pick up buttons purchased on-line Dec 30-31st at our 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 2016!

Art Connecting Communities outreach projects use art to promote non-violent resolutions to problems, such as gangs, bullying, and domestic violence with a goal of connecting communities and building positive healthy attitudes. FNM presents artwork completed this past year by youth and community members within this project. The resolution room challenges all of us to see the changes we can make in our individual lives to Connect Communities!

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 return to our website for complete details. There wll be indoor and outdoor finales to choose from and a separate ticket is required for the indoor finales; get your finale ticket after 8pm at the Portola Plaza Kiosk.

Hotels and Restaurants:

There are many hotels to choose from in Monterey, some offer ticket packages, return in September for details. 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.

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 the Command Center near the volunteer check-in area 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. Historically December is a dry month in Monterey, even in el niƱo years. Rain or shine, First Night Monterey will joyfully proceed regardless of weather. Many First Night venues are indoors!
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.
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.

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