First Night Monterey - Celebrating Art for 30 Years!

BUTTONS ON SALE - FIRST NIGHT MONTEREY 2023!!

First Night Monterey, Monterey County's premier New Year's Eve Celebration Of The Arts is in its 30th year, and the event on New Year's Eve 2022 promises to be the best one yet! This year's theme celebrates 30 years of First Night Monterey, and buttons are now available online. First Night Monterey and Kids' Night Out kicks off at 3 PM and then continues with 9 Hours of fabulous Art, Music and New Year's fun all the way into the New Year! Be part of this family friendly, alcohol-free celebration ringing in 2023! Named Best Downtown Community Event in 2021!

MONTEREY COUNTY GIVES!

FIRST NIGHT'S BIG IDEA - ART FOR ALL!

MAKE YOUR DONATION WITH MONTEREY COUNTY GIVES! THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2022 and your donation will be matched with pro-rated funds! Over time, First Night has expanded its passion for families and the arts to be a year-round experience, with workshops, festivals and kids’ programming. Our outreach project, Artworks!, brings together young people to take part in performing and visual arts at community sites in Monterey and Greenfield. Through the year-round Artworks! program – culminating in the New Year’s celebration of visual and performing arts – First Night hopes to encourage involvement and love for the arts. Help us keep the Arts in childrens' lives!

VOLUNTEER SIGN-UP FOR FNM 2023 - GET INVOLVED!

Be a part of First Night! Artful activities are on-going now through the new year as we produce First Night Monterey 2023. You can help! It would be impossible to produce FNM without the hundreds of volunteers. Volunteer now, individually or as a group! Be part of the team! Artful activities are on-going! 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.

BE A PART OF THE TWILIGHT PROCESSION AT FNM!

Join us for the Twilight Procession as we enjoy the lights, the magic, and the joy of First Night into the New Year! It's a Mardi-Gras-style walking parade that begins at Portola Plaza and moves down Alvarado Street to Pearl Street, featuring bands, dance groups, large-scale movable sculptures, puppets, and costumed people. Successful elements include height, sound, lights and glow-in-the-dark materials. The Twilight Procession also serves as the finale for Kids' Night Out!

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SEE THE POSTER SUBMISSIONS FOR FIRST NIGHT 2023!

Since 2003, First Night Monterey staff has collaborated with CSUMB professor Bobbi Long and the Service Learning class for Publication Design students, engaging the students into a creative competition to design the annual First Night Monterey Poster and Buttons. FNM artists work with the design students from theme concept to design for five weeks in class until selection of the final design. The winner, Matthew Lencioni, has the opportunity to produce the print and web graphics for First Night 2023!

See Submissions & Winner