Uniting our Community through the Arts!

First Night ArtWorks!

First Night Monterey is supported almost entirely by private funds and button sales. Your support is needed to make sure that the tradition of First Night is available for the years to come.

Donations and button sales pay all the artists at the event and much more. First Night Monterey is produced by a small part-time staff, a dedicated board of directors and our amazing volunteers. Please join them in making a donation today.

Gifts from individuals, businesses, and foundations help First Night Monterey to accomplish its unique work of building community and celebrating diversity through the arts via our outreach program ArtWorks!

First Night Monterey is a nonprofit charitable organization 501(c)(3) and your donation may be tax deductible. You will receive a letter acknowledging your donation for tax purposes.

How Your Company Can Be a Sponsor at the 30th Annual FNM

Contact Executive Director Ellen Martin for details by email or call the FNM office at 831.373.4778. Levels of Sponsorship and corresponding marketing opportunities vary. Let us find an opportunity that complements your company image and fits within your budget!

Your sponsorship is the key to keeping our award-winning programming affordable for all children and families.

First Night Monterey brings together people of all ages, races and backgrounds. Even in the midst of a pandemic, nearly 10,000 people sampled jazz, folk and classical music while staying safe with other vaccinated and tested people. There were venues that introduced our community to a variety of dance styles, supplied opportunities to design and build masks, hats, and puppets. Each year participants see themselves, each other, and our community in a brand new way ... in an atmosphere electric with joy and hope.

Your support is needed now more than ever as we expand our outreach workshops, extend our celebration 'footprint', and plan for the 30th annual First Night Monterey celebration!

Thanks to the leadership and generosity of our past donors and sponsors, First Night Monterey has become a treasured family tradition. The New Year's Eve arts celebration showcases hundreds of talented visual and performing artists. Through our Outreach workshop programs, hundreds of young people work together under the guidance of professional artists to produce larger-than-life puppets, murals, original poetry, and more.

First Night Monterey has been honored by the following associations:

  • The Arts Council for Monterey County
  • The California Arts Council
  • First Night International
  • The Monterey County Herald
  • The Coast Weekly ('Best Community Event 2011')
  • The Salinas Californian
  • The San Francisco Chronicle 2015 (#5 in article 'Ten Reasons to Visit Monterey County Now')