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First Night Monterey 2020


The First Act for the Young and Young-at-Heart

The most creative New Year's Eve you will have with your family!

Your year starts here! A 3:00 p.m. kick-off at Colton Lawn on Pacific Street, culminating with the Twilight Parade at 5:30 p.m on Alvarado Street serving as the kids' Finale. Music, song, drumming, dance, ballet, face art, art creating, hat making and more!

Check out the Colton Lawn on Pacific Street and the Monterey Art Museum for activities to complete artful time. Make sure to have your FNM button - admission to all the fun for the over-5 set! Please refer to the afternoon and evening grids to plan your New Year’s Eve and participate in all the fun! Thanks to First Five Monterey County for their support of the free kids' activities.

Opening Ceremony

Opening Ceremony - Colton Lawn

Site 1: Colton Lawn/Pacific Street Stage

3:00 PM

The opening of our 26th Celebration begins with the beat of many drums! Join us as the drummers call to us to begin the Celebration! Bringing us together as we open First Night Monterey 2020! Please join us on Pacific Street at Colton Lawn.

Twilight Procession

Twilight Procession

Alvarado Street, from Portola Plaza to Pearl Street

5:30 PM

Join us as we process down Alvarado Street from Portola Plaza towards Pearl Street. The Procession starts at 5:30PM. First Night Monterey is first and foremost about community, so we hope you will join us in the Twilight Procession as we feature, artists, dancers, giant puppets, marching moms and many other local friends and neighbors. Procession route begins at Franklin Street down Alvarado Street (wrong way) towards Pearl.


Bubble Stomp

Bubble Stomp!

Site 3: Pacific Street Art Space

3:30 – 5:00 PM (Free Activity)

Pop! Pop! Pop! Who can resist squishing and twisting bubble wrap? Jump, hop, stomp, do the electric slide or break dance your way to popping every single bubble!

Wheelie Mobilee

MY Museum Wheelie Mobilee

Site 4: Colton Lawn My Museum Space

3:15 – 5:00 PM (Free Activity)

Sponsored by MY Museum, the Wheelie Mobilee Outreach Vehicle has been wheelin’ through Monterey County bringing new opportunities for fun and exploration to a variety of venues since 2008. The Wheelie helps spread MY Museum’s mission of providing an environment where curiosity and creativity flourish while both children and adults learn together through experience. Our carts and tables are packed with building and tactile activities to keep your little ones engaged and inspired! The fun never stops when the Wheelie is in town!

Making Crowns

New Year's Eve Crowns

Site 7: Monterey Museum of Art Downstairs

3:30 – 5:00 PM (Button Venue)

Every Child - even your inner child - will have such fun adorning these crowns with jewels, your name or monogram to make and wear!

Celebration Hats

Celebration Hats

Site 5: Art Station 1, Colton Lawn

3:15 – 5:00 PM (Free Activity)

Be creative and have fun is our motto! The creating of the celebration hat brings out the kid in everyone! The fashionable all wear them, for they display the creativity in all of us! What? A new year’s hat… so turn a paper grocery bag into a top hat with pizzazz! using tulle, beads, pipe cleaners, colored paper, prismatic Mylar strips and more! Bring your own bags to be a recycling superhero! Fun for all ages-and an absolute must for First Night participants with flair!

Painted Faces

First Night Face Art!

Site 6: Art Station 2, Colton Lawn

3:30 – 5:00 PM (Free Activity, on-going, lines are formed)

Site 22: Mezzanine Art Space, Monterey Conference Center

6:15– 9:00 PM (Button Venue on-going with staff breaks, lines are formed)

First Night artists are ready to create a festive, artful image on your face! Please note, this a popular activity, waiting lines are formed; lines may close early so artists can finish on time.


Monterey Fire Department Celebrates the New Year with Hot Chocolate!

Site 10: Alvarado St/Fire Department Venue

6:15 – 8:30 PM (Button Venue)

Join the Monterey Fire Department and warm up with some delicious hot chocolate! Happy New Year!!

Just Dance

Best Buy Presents "Just Dance!" (Video Game) (DA/CH)

Site 15: Alvarado Street/Best Buy Stage

6:45 – 9:15 PM

Step to the beat and get into the rhythm as you play the Just Dance video game! From Baby Shark to Justin Bieber, from Frozen 2 to Ariana Grande - get ready to dance!! You're the star! There's something for all ages. Presented by Best Buy.

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FNM 2020 Resolution Sculpture

Site 25: Steinbeck 2, Conference Center

6:15 – 10:00 PM (Button Venue)

Commit your family's hopes and wishes for the New Year to our Resolution Sculpture along with those of your friends and neighbors. Take a selfie to commenmorate the New Year!


FNM Kiosks: New Year's Eve Blinkies and Button Sales

Site 2: Colton Lawn on Pacific Street (3:00 –5:00 PM)
Site 11: Alvarado Street near Pearl Street (4:00 –9:00 PM)
Site 18: Del Monte Plaza (3:00 –11:00 PM)

Glow in the dark, light up the night, fly into the new year! First Night Monterey takes pride in providing New Year's Eve novelty items at family-friendly prices. Visit one of our kiosks to purchase the perfect glow-in-the-dark accessory that will add a magical sparkle to anyone's New Year's Eve look. This is a fundraiser for First Night; all proceeds benefit our year-round arts programs. Buy Admission Buttons here also.



Site 16: Wells Fargo Stage, Alvarado Street

7:45– 8:15; 8:30–9:00 PM

Joshua Alfaro, Founder of the Alisal Community Arts Network, thinks big. Even the acronym provides inspiration: Alisal CAN! The AUSD Marching Drum Line is a performing group composed of standout students from the AUSD after school drumline teams. The groups are sponsored by ACAN, which holds classes for over 1500 youth in East Salinas, Greenfield and Gonzales. Come hear them play!

Stegatron Street Show (DA/CH)

Site 14: Alvarado Street

8:15- 8:45, 9:00- 9:30, 9:45- 10:15

This power trio has a Modern Circus type act focusing on dance with LED illuminated prop manipulation, juggling and eye popping colors. You will be wondering how did they do that! These light artists and street performers juggle to music, dance to lights and have a circus type fun act! A show stopper in the street! Look for their STEGATRON Art Car! The Art Car (is it a car?) is a post-historic pre-apocalyptic robot dinosaur from the future! Music, lights, this car has it all!

Black Irish Band (FK/WM)

Site 26: Steinbeck 3 Ballroom/Conference Center

6:15– 6:45; 7:00- 7:30; 7:45- 8:15 PM

Hailing from the historic Gold Rush Country of America, the Black Irish Band of 28 years have a musical style that is as timeless as the rugged landscape of the west, a tribute to the people whose lives were spent building the world we now take for granted. The band has a large complement of traditional maritime and railroad music, as well as ethnic tunes in their repertoire. They excel at Irish & Scottish, and American folk music with an assortment of original songs and traditional western ballads. The band's musical style captures the spirit of the immigrants of this land, the men and women who tamed the Wild West.

The Dance Center (DA/CH)

Site 23: Steinbeck 1/Conference Center

6:15 – 6:45 PM

The dance training/performance and competition team features all styles of dancers with years of experience. It is appealing to all ages and genders, focusing on community enjoyment and the betterment of students.

DiFranco Dance Project (DA/CH)

Site 12: Alvarado Street Galleria

6:45–7:15, 7:30–8:00 PM

The DiFranco Dance Project will present a lively, colorful, culturally diverse holiday program of dances representing New Orleans Jazz, Afro-Samba of Bahia and Afro-Cuban Fusion and even a unique blend of Afro-Celtic Dance. The DiFranco Dance Project is a local youth dance troupe of youth ranging from 8 through 16. The dancers are members of Dianne Lyle’s Afro-Latin Jazz Dance classes, originally an after-school dance program sponsored by the Pacific Grove Recreation Department.

Guitars Not Guns Band (RCH/CH)

Site 16: Wells Fargo Stage, Alvarado St.

6:15–6:45, 7:00-7:30 PM

Guitar Not Guns is a music program that provides free guitars and instruction to youth in Monterey County. The instructors volunteer their time. The Marina program is the largest on-going throughout the year; serving the residents of Marina and children from other peninsula cities. Their programs teach the very basics of guitar playing up through advanced playing.

Greek Village Dancers Of The Monterey Peninsula (WM/DA)

Site 12: Alvarado Street/Galleria

6:15- 6:45 PM

The lively and vibrant Greek Village Dancers will perform vigorous, intricate, graceful folk dances of Greece, wearing authentic costumes. Audience participation is welcome: simple dance steps will be taught. Opa!

Shinsho Mugen Daiko (WM/CH)

Site 1: Pacific Street Stage

3:00 – 3:30, 3:45 – 4:15; 4:45 – 5:15 PM

Hear the thunder of the drums! Experience the exquisite physicality of these Taiko Drummers as they perform traditional Japanese drumming, incorporating elements of martial arts. Shinsho Mugen Daiko was founded in 1999 by Ikuyo Contant, as a group of drummers interested in studying the art of Japanese drumming. Taiko is a traditional art form that incorporates the elements of martial arts, focusing on centering oneself in the grounded position, the concentration, direction, and controlling of energy and breathing.

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