First Night Monterey 2021 was held as a virtual event on December 31, 2020. At this time we have no information on whether we will be able to host our annual New Year's Eve Celebration of the Arts in historic downtown Monterey, but we are hoping for a return to normalcy by the end of 2021. We will keep you advised when we have more information. Meanwhile, wear your mask and stay socially distanced to reduce the spread of COVID-19, and get the vaccine when its your turn!


A community celebration of the arts on New Year's Eve, First Night is Monterey's most exciting, imaginative and uplifting cultural event. FNM is an affordable, alcohol-free family celebration. Check our website in November and December for an overview of the program (over 30 different performers playing more than 70 sets), Kids' Night Out art activities, ticket information and sales. Download the complete program guide in late December and plan your night ahead by reviewing the program and performers - it's a big night with nine hours of entertainment!


December 31 from 3 PM through Midnight


Historic Downtown Monterey - Multiple performance venues, most sites are indoors. It rarely rains in Monterey on New Year's Eve but regardless, First Night Monterey goes on "Rain or Shine"! 85% SITES INDOORS!


Save money by buying early! Admission Buttons are a work of original art and are now on sale at Advance Purchase prices. Your Purchase Directly Supports the Artist Fees. Prices and dates are subject to change.

ADULT BUTTON (16 and older)
$18 Early Bird Price Mid-November - Early December
$22 Advance Purchase Price Until December 30
$25 Full Price December 31 (Day of Celebration), available at Event
YOUTH BUTTON (6-15 years old)
$10 Early Bird Price Mid-November - Early December
$12 Advance Purchase Until December 30
$15 Full Price December 31 (Day of Celebration), available at Event

Children five and under are admitted free!

We do not mail buttons. Pick up online purchased buttons December 31 at Will-Call. Buttons may also be purchased at select local stores in December (locations to be announced) or can be purchased at the event.


Activities begin at 3:00PM with the Opening Ceremony at Colton Lawn stage on Pacific Street. Kids Night Out! begins at 3:30PM with interactive art activities: face artists, puppet art theater, interactive art activities and folk music will entertain children of all ages. Join us for the Twilight Procession at 5:30. Commit your New Year's resolution at the interactive Resolution Sculpture, challenging all of us to see the changes we can make in our individual lives!

Performances range from Classical to Hip Hop, Jazz to Reggae, Dance Venues to the Written Word and a whole lot of art; FNM presents artwork completed this past year by youth and community members within our ArtWorks! Outreach projects.

Grand Finale starts at 11:15. Check program and return to our website for complete details, a separate ticket (FREE with your button) is required for the indoor finale; get your finale ticket after 8pm at the Portola Plaza Kiosk.

We invite you to a very special party as we transform the streetscapes, buildings, theaters, churches and concert halls throughout Historic Downtown Monterey into a fun, informative and unique way for the community to experience multiple forms of art on an evening where we celebrate our uniqueness, our commonality and the coming of the New Year!


There are many hotels to choose from in Monterey. First Night Monterey has a varied selection of food and beverage booths for your enjoyment. The Monterey Peninsula has excellent restaurants of every conceivable type; far too many to be listed here. For listings and reviews or hotels and restaurants, go to We are located in historic downtown Monterey.