Your year starts here! A 3:00 p.m. kick-off at Colton Lawn on Pacific Street, culminating with the Twilight Parade at 5:30 p.m on Alvarado Street serving as the kids' Finale. Music, song, drumming, dance, ballet, face art, art creating, hat making and more! Check out the Colton Lawn on Pacific Street, the Monterey Art Museum and the Work Building on Alvarado Street for activities to complete artful time. Make sure to have your FNM button - admission to all the fun for the over-5 set! Please refer to the afternoon and evening grids to plan your New Year’s Eve and participate in all the fun! Thanks to First Five Monterey County for their support of the free kids' activities. Preliminary details; program, locations and times subject to change.
The opening of our 26th Celebration begins with the beat of many drums from traditional to the recycled! Join us as the drummers call to us to begin the Celebration! Bringing us together as we open First Night Monterey 2019! Please join us on Pacific Street at Colton Lawn.
Join us as we process down Alvarado Street from Portola Plaza towards Pearl Street. The Procession starts at 5:30PM. First Night Monterey is first and foremost about community, so we hope you will join us in the Twilight Procession as we feature, artists, stilt walkers, dancers, giant puppets, marching moms and many other local friends and neighbors. Procession route begins at Franklin Street down Alvarado Street (wrong way) towards Pearl.
Pop! Pop! Pop! Who can resist squishing and twisting bubble wrap? Jump, hop, stomp, do the electric slide or break dance your way to popping every single bubble!
MY Museum’s Wheelie Mobilee Outreach Vehicle has been wheelin’ through Monterey County bringing new opportunities for fun and exploration to a variety of venues since 2008. The Wheelie helps spread MY Museum’s mission of providing an environment where curiosity and creativity flourish while both children and adults learn together through experience. Our carts and tables are packed with building and tactile activities to keep your little ones engaged and inspired! The fun never stops when the Wheelie is in town!
Every Child - even your inner child - will have such fun adorning these crowns with jewels, your name or monogram to make and wear!
Be creative and have fun is our motto! The creating of the celebration hat brings out the kid in everyone! The fashionable all wear them, for they display the creativity in all of us! What? A new year’s hat… so turn a paper grocery bag into a top hat with pizzazz! using tulle, beads, pipe cleaners, colored paper, prismatic Mylar strips and more! Fun for all ages-and an absolute must for First Night participants with flair!
First Night artists are ready to create a festive, artful image on your face! Please note, this a popular activity, waiting lines are formed; lines may close early so artists can finish on time.
Join the Sunset Center and their new year’s elves at the photo booth! Create a unique one-of-kind photo card as a keepsake for 2019! Smile and Happy New Year!!
Step to the beat and get into the rhythm as you play the Just Dance video game! From Bruno Mars to Katy Perry tracks to Nicki Manaj to Ariana Grande - get ready to dance!! You're the star! There's something for everyone. Presented by Best Buy.
Commit your family's hopes and wishes for the New Year to our Resolution Sculpture along with those of your friends and neighbors.
Glow in the dark, light up the night, fly into the new year! First Night Monterey takes pride in providing New Year's Eve novelty items at family-friendly prices. Visit one of our kiosks to purchase the perfect glow-in-the-dark accessory that will add a magical sparkle to anyone's New Year's Eve look. This is a fundraiser for First Night; all proceeds benefit our year-round arts programs. Buy Admission Buttons here also.
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