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Kids' Night Out!
The First Act for the Young and Young-at-Heart

The most creative New Year’s Eve you will have with 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 Twilight Parade at 5:30 PM serving as the kids’ Finale. Music, song, drumming, dance, ballet, face art, art creating, hat making and more! Check out the Colton Lawn and Monterey Museum of Art on Pacific Street, and the Monterey Conference Center activities for your complete artful time. Make sure to have your FNM button to enjoy all the fun! Please refer to the afternoon and evening grids to plan your New Year’s Eve.

BL=Blues | CH=Childrens' | CL=Classical | DA=Dance | FK=Folk/Celtic/Americana | FM=Film | JZ=Jazz
LT=Latin | RCH=Rock/Country/Hip-Hop | WM=World Music

Opening Ceremony

Opening Ceremony - Colton Lawn

Site 1: Colton Lawn - Free

3:00 - 3:30 PM

The opening of our 19th 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 2013! Please join us on Pacific Street at Colton Lawn.

Twilight Procession

Twilight Procession

Alvarado Street, from Portola Plaza to Pearl Street

5:30 PM

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 Processional as we feature, artists, stilt walkers, dancers, giant puppets, marching moms and many other local friends and neighbors. Parade route begins at Portola Plaza down Alvarado Street (wrong way) towards Pearl.

Making Crowns

New Year's Eve Crowns

Site 8: Monterey Art Museum, Lower Level

3:00-5:00 PM (Button venue)

Every Child-even your inner child-will have such fun adorning these crowns with jewels, your name or monogram to make and wear!

Bubble Stomp

Bubble Stomp!

Site 4a: Pacific Street

3:00-5:45 PM Free

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!

Chalk Art

Chalk Art!

Site 4a: Pacific Street

3:00-5:00 PM Free

We provide the chalk, you provide the creativity! Help turn Pacific Street into a work of art!

Celebration Hats

Site 5: Art Station 1, Colton Lawn

3:00-5:00 PM Button Venue

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!.

Henna Tattoo

Henna Tattoos

Site 21: Conference Center Mezzanine

6:30 - 10:30 PM (Button Venue on-going with staff breaks-lines are formed)

Creative Henna artists are ready to paint a temporary work of art. Please note, this a popular activity, waiting lines are formed!.

Painted Face

Face Painting!

Site 6: Art Station 2, Colton Lawn

3:00-5:00 PM (Free, on-going -lines are formed)

Site 19: Conference Center Mezzanine Level

6:00 - 10:00 PM (Button Venue, ongoing, lines are formed)

First Night volunteers are ready to create a festive, artful image on your face! Please note, this a popular activity, waiting lines are formed.

Just Dance

Best Buy Presents "Just Dance!" (with Wii)(DA)

Site 14a: Alvarado Street near Golden State Theater

6:45 - 10:45 PM

Step to the beat and get into the rhythm as you play the Just Dance Wii game! From Katy Perry tracks to Gangnam style- get ready to dance!! You're the star! Presented by Best Buy.

The Water Underground presents Full Fathom Five

Site 1: Colton Lawn

3:30 - 5:00 PM

An interactive art installation celebrating our natural environment. Colton Lawn will be transformed into a river, with colorful fish made from recycled materials swimming by. Come and sit down on the riverbank and be served tea by water-nymphs. Raise your cup in a toast, and send your New Year's wishes to the community.

New Year's Eve Blinkies and Button Sales

FNM Kiosks
Site 4: Colton Lawn on Pacific Street (until 5:30 PM)
Site 17: Portola Plaza in front of the Conference Center
Site 9: Alvarado Street near Ordway Pharmacy

3:00 - 11:00 PM

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 this year 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..

Ash Dance - Groove Like Bollywood! (WM/DA)

Site 10: Alvarado Street Galleria

3:45 - 4:15, 4:30 - 5:00 PM

The Ash Dance group brings the glamour and spectacular dancing of India's favorite Bollywood movies to the streets of Monterey. Enjoy their exotic and captivating rhythms.

Amanda West and Pete Solomon (FK/WM)

Site 7: Monterey Museum of Art

3:30 - 4:00, 4:15 - 4:45, 5:00 - 5:30

Santa Cruz's Amanda West and Pete Solomon bring their blend of world music, jazz and folk sounds to the Monterey Museum of Art. Join them for a thought-provoking afternoon of original songs that they describe as "Philosophical Folk Fusion".

Carmel Academy of Performing Arts - Team CAPA (DA/CH)

Site 19: Conference Center Serra Ballroom

3:30 - 4:00, 4:15 - 4:45 PM

High-energy dancers age 5 to 17 perform jazz, hip-hop and contemporary dance styles to various musical genres.

Monterey Peninsula College String Ensemble (CL)

Site 26: Carleton Hall

3:30 - 4:00, 4:15 - 4:45, 5:00 - 5:30 PM

The MPC String Ensemble, directed by David Dally, is a community orchestra of string players (violins, violas, cellos & basses), which performs great classical works of music. They will perform selections from the Dohnanyi "Serenade," Shostakovich "Sinfonia for String Orchestra," and the Bruckner "Adagio" from the string quintet.

MC Lars with Marina Teen Center (RCH)

Site 3: Pacific Street Colton Lawn

3:30 - 4:15, 4:30 - 5:15 PM

Site 24: Conference Center Ferrante Room

6:30 - 7:00, 7:15 - 7:45, 8:00 - 8:30 PM

Carmel native MC Lars has a unique voice in hip-hop and has performed at First Night since the very beginning. His rhymes are intelligent, thought provoking and funny. Lars is this year'™s First Night Artist in Residence and has been working with the Marina Teen Center to let local teenagers make music. Hear the results exclusively at First Night!

Shinsho Mugen Daiko (WM)

Site 2: Pacific Street Stage - Opening Ceremony

3:15 - 3:30, 4:00 - 4:30, 5:00 - 5:30 PM

Hear the thunder of the drums as they call us to begin the countdown to 2013. Experience the exquisite physicality of these Taiko Drummers as they perform traditional Japanese drumming.

Spector Dance(DA/CH)

Site 23: Conference Center Steinbeck Room

3:45 - 4:15, 4:30 - 5:00 PM

SpectorDance and Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute collaborated on Ocean, a multidisciplinary work that brings together science, dance, music, and film. The piece explores changing ocean chemistry, the food web, storm patterns, and how we might become better stewards of our beloved ocean.

Yala Lati (WM)

Site 24: Conference Center Ferrante Room

3:30 - 4:00, 4:15 - 4:45, 5:00 - 5:30 PM

Yala Lati is an inspirational women's choir from Santa Cruz, offering spiritual and folk music from a diverse range of traditions and faiths. With their beautiful a capella harmonies and uplifting messages, the songs of Yala Lati will leave you in a positive frame of mind to begin your New Year.

Young Filmmakers: Monterey Bay Teen Film Series (FILM)

Site 14: Golden State Theater

4:30 - 5:15, 6:30 - 7:00 PM

Young filmmakers explore their voices, their dreams and their environments. This year's program features films in which teenagers create light bulbs for slums from repurposed plastic bottles, where students create hip hop jams about the pleasures of belonging to the Chemistry club, and where students fight the pressures to give up on their dreams of studying art in school. All of the locally made films were created in workshops that will continue through an ongoing partnership of CSUMB with the Philip Glass Center for Arts, Science and the Environment.


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!

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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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