First Night Monterey requires all indoor attendees/volunteers/staff/performers aged 12 and older to provide proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 24 hours of the event. This policy will help us to provide the safest experience possible for everyone. Staff, volunteers, and attendees ages three and older are also required to wear a mask when inside any venue and we request that you also wear them in crowded outdoor venues.

First Night Monterey is committed to following the latest science to protect the health and safety of all of our attendees, staff, volunteers, and the community at large. We're especially committed to protecting the health of children under the age of 5, who are not yet eligible to be vaccinated, and children ages 5-12 who may have not yet had the chance to be fully vaccinated. Families with children make up a large part of our event.

At button pick-up, attendees over 12 years of age must present their proof of vaccination record or proof of negative COVID-19 test, along with a valid photo ID for ages 18 years and older. Button holders with approved documentation will be issued wristbands for easy entry into all indoor venues.

Document Requirements

Records must be presented with a matching photo ID if 18 years or over.

Valid forms of vaccination records include:

  • The original, photocopy or digital photo of the CDC vaccination card or similar document from another state, local, or foreign government; one photo with ID and Vax card side-by-side is acceptable
  • The California SMART Health Card, available at

Acceptable negative COVID-19 results must:

  • Be taken within 24 hours of the event (Antigen test) or 48 hours (PCR test).
  • Include attendee's name, date and type of test, and indication that the result was negative for COVID-19.
  • Come from lab-run polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or rapid antigen tests. We do not accept at-home test results.

These policies are consistent with other events and attractions in the area, and are subject to change as CDC and Health Department regulations develop.

Click here to see testing locations in Monterey County - many sites offer free testing.