Due to the global pandemic, we will be hosting a virtual First Night as we ring in 2021! First Night Monterey is teaming up with other First Night organizations to bring you a unique New Year's Eve celebration that will feature performances from local favorites, KIDS’ NIGHT OUT art activities and youth performances! From Classical to Jazz, Blues to Rock, Samba to Folk! First Night Monterey will have a virtual line-up of performances designed to delight the entire family. Stay tuned for further developments!


Celebrating 28 years, First Night Monterey 2021 is a Community Celebration of the Arts on New Year’s Eve. First Night is Monterey’s most exciting, imaginative and uplifting cultural New Year’s Eve event. Check out our website for an overview of the program, our performers and how to access this year’s virtual New Year’s event!


New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2020 beginning at 3:00pm with a virtual Kids’ Night Out and culminating with the virtual Grande Finale which will include a countdown to midnight with fireworks!


First Night always goes on rain or shine and that includes this year! Experience our program from the comfort of your own home and enjoy our free virtual celebration on YouTube- a premier event. Donate and receive your FNM 2021 button and some swag!


Activities and virtual performances include: hands-on art activities to make at home; performances from Heartstrings, Dirty Cello, Black Irish Band, Fields of Eden with Kiki Wow, MC Lars, SpectorDance; dance performances, poetry and more. New this year, we will also feature performances from other First Night celebrations around the U.S.!


Your FNM 2021 button gives you VIP status to all of our events! Donate to obtain a button or our special friends package. Your donation will keep the lights on at FNM and support keeping this treasured family tradition alive! First Night Buttons are a work of original art and will be an important keepsake for families that have collected admission buttons over the years. Donations from Buttons will support our logistics team in building a stage, pay artists, and your support will help keep alive our summer art programs and help us to sustain Monterey County’s cultural economy as well as enable FNM to return next year. Without your support, First Night Monterey will certainly not be able to continue.