First Night Monterey 2022 - New Beginnings!


The most creative New Year's Eve for your family! First Night Monterey 2022 and Kids' Night Out kicked off our 29th annual celebration of the Arts at 3 PM with the Opening Ceremony at Colton Lawn on Pacific Street. Taiko drummers called us to begin! Music, song, drumming, dance, ballet, folk dancing in traditional costumes, art creating, hat making and more completed your artful time! Kids' Night Out culminates with the 5:30 PM Twilight Procession serving as the Kids' Finale.


Button-holders buttoned-up" for nine hours of entertainment! From Classical to Jazz, Blues to Rock, Samba to Folk! FNM 2022 featured a line-up of performances designed to delight the entire family. World dance! International costumed dancers, youth dance troupes. Dancing to the sounds of oldies, rock-n-roll and tropical beats.
Monterey Center for Spiritual Living: This beautiful Sanctuary resounded with mellow sounds, beautiful voices and great arrangements throughout the night!
Multiple Venues Downtown including the Monterey Conference Center and the Golden State Theater, featured music, art and community! We celebrated Monterey's 250th Birthday at the free concert with the Monterey Pops! and enjoyed the birthday cake! Participants viewed art exhibits from First Night-sponsored workshops and posted hopes and dreams for the New Year on our Resolution Sculptures. They danced to the sounds of live bands; Samba, Jazz, Folk, Latin, Marimba, just a few of the sounds heard!


The Grand Finale! Live music from featured performers brought us into the New Year with a countdown to midnight! Special surprise guests dropped in to join the band - you never know what might happen at a First Night finale! Whether they wanted to be on their feet dancing or just sitting back and enjoying the tunes, button-holders were guaranteed a fun and exciting time into the New Year. There were two finales this year; one at the Golden State Theatre featuring the Latin Jazz Collective with John Nava, and the other in the Serra Ballroom of the Monterey Conference Center starring SambaDá.

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Be a part of First Night! Artful activities are on-going now through the new year. First Night volunteers included teens, military personnel, retirees, service organizations and community members just like you! Volunteers working 4+ hours on New Year's eve earn a free admission button! You can help! It would be impossible to produce FNM without the hundreds of volunteers. Volunteer now, individually or as part of a group! Get involved! Artful activities are on-going throughout the year! High School and College Students: Build up your community service hours; volunteer in a fun and creative environment! Expand your resumé with relevant experience; service learning hours are available.

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