First Night Monterey 2022 - Celebrating 29 Years!

Planning is being finalized and we will keep you updated with changes as they occur. See a preliminary listing of performers here - 85% of performances are indoors and an admission Button is your ticket! Pick up the free Monterey County Weekly on December 23 for your copy of the Program Guide.

THE FIRST ACT FOR THE YOUNG & YOUNG-AT-HEART!

The most creative New Year's Eve for your family! First Night Monterey and Kids' Night Out kicks off at 3 PM with the Opening Ceremony at Colton Lawn on Pacific Street; Kids' Night Out culminates with the 5:30 PM Twilight Procession serving as the Finale. Music, song, drumming, dance, art creating, hat making and more will complete your artful time!

Kids' Night Out

THE SECOND ACT: THE MAIN EVENT!

"Button-up" for 9 hours of entertainment! From Classical to Jazz, Blues to Rock, Samba to Folk! FNM 2022 will have a line-up of over 65 performances designed to delight the entire family. World dance! International costumed dancers. Dancing to the sounds of oldies, rock-n-roll and tropical beats.
Monterey Center for Spiritual Living: This beautiful Sanctuary will resound with mellow sounds, beautiful voices and great arrangements throughout the night!
Multiple Venues in the Golden State Theater and in the beautifully remodeled Conference Center feature music, art and community! Dance to the sounds of live bands; Celtic, Folk, Latin, Marimba are just a few of the sounds you will hear. View art exhibits from First Night-sponsored workshops from Greenfield to Salinas and Marina, and post your hopes and dreams for the New Year on our Resolution Sculpture.

FINALE PERFORMANCES - NEW YEAR'S EVE COUNTDOWN!!

The Grand Finale! Live music from featured performers will bring us into the New Year with a countdown to midnight! Special surprise guests may be dropping in to join the band - you never know what might happen at a First Night finale! Whether you want to be on your feet dancing or just sitting back and enjoying the tunes, you can guarantee a fun and exciting time into the New Year. There will be two indoor finales this year; one at the Golden State Theatre and the other in the Serra Ballroom at the Monterey Conference Center. .

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Volunteer Sign-Up for FNM 2022

Be a part of First Night! Artful activities are on-going now through the new year as we produce First Night Monterey 2022. First Night volunteers last year 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! 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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FIRST NIGHT NAMED TOP REASON TO VISIT MONTEREY

The San Francisco Chronicle listed First Night Monterey as #5 in its 2015 article entitled "Ten Reasons to Visit Monterey County Now", describing First Night as "The state’s most dynamic and alcohol-free family-friendly New Year’s Eve festival." Thanks – we agree! Read the full article.

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