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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 beginning in October for overview of program, tickets information and sales. Download the complete program guide in 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 in December!


Your Purchase Directly Supports the Artist Fees. Save $ by buying early! Admission Button Prices are:
ADULT BUTTON (16 and older)
$15 through December 6, 2014
$20 starting December 7, 2014 through December 30th
$24 December 31, 2014 (Day of Celebration), available at Event .
YOUTH BUTTON (6-15 years old)
$10 through December 6, 2014
$12 starting December 7, 2014 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 website for complete details.

Hotels and Restaurants:

There are many hotels to choose from right in Historic Monterey, some offer ticket packages; watch for information. 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. Through December 31, your donation matched!

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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