Get Ready For First Night Monterey

Monterey, CA…A community celebration of the arts, FNM is an affordable, alcohol-free family celebration. A creation of activities, colors, lights, musical entertainment and performances unfolds on New Year’s Eve in Historic Downtown Monterey as we dance, play, act, perform, create and sing our way into 2014! SeaChanges presents the majesty of the ocean and the issues of pollution through artwork completed this past year by youth and community members. The resolution room- challenging all of us to see the change we can make in our individual lives to SeaChanges! 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! See what performers are new this year. Be a part of the Twilight Procession! Find a hotel with our Celebrate and Sleep ticket package. By buying a First Night Button, you support First Night artists and enable First Night ArtWorks! Outreach programs! Bookmark this page and return frequently to get the newest information.Click here to view the First Night Monterey 2014 interactive grid and phone app.

Kids Night Out

THE FIRST ACT for the Young & Young-at-Heart!

Kids’ Night Out will be the most creative New Year’s Eve for your family! Kids’ Night Out and the afternoon/early evening activities kick off at 3 PM with the Opening Ceremony at Colton Lawn on Pacific Street. Music, song, drumming, dance, ballet, folk dancing in traditional costumes, face art, balloon magic, art creating, hat making and more! Activities at the Colton Lawn and Monterey Museum of Art on Pacific Street, and the Monterey Conference Center and Alvarado/Galleria activities complete your artful time, culminating with the 5:30 PM Twilight Procession serving as the Kids’ Night Out Finale!

Band on Street


Button-up” for 9 hours of entertainment! From Classical to Jazz, Blues to Rock to Country, Hip-Hop to Folk! FNM 2014 will have a complete line-up, delighting the entire family.
World dance in the street! International costumed dancers, including Chinese Lion dancers will be on the streets. Dancing to the sounds of oldies, rock-n-roll, the tropical beats and West African sounds. Join your friends dancing with the Wii game “Just Dance!” Buying blinkies and light ups from our kiosks supports First Night and our art outreach programs.
Monterey Center for Spiritual Living: This beautiful Sanctuary resounds with mellow sounds, beautiful voices and great arrangements; choral, classical and cool jazz throughout the night!
Monterey Conference Center: Three floors of music, art and community! Learn to dance, dance to the sounds of live bands, rap, make a rhythmic beat from reclaimed items at the Junk Jam. Celtic, Folk, Flamenco, Dance, Marimba are just a few of the sounds heard. 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 the SeaChanges Resolution Sculpture.
Golden State Theatre: Savor the sounds more live entertainment, from Folk to Blues, all the way to the New Year!
The 2014 Program Guide will be available in mid-December. See performers new this year and see the all our 2014 performing artists.

Finale Band


The Grand Finale! Our 2014 headliners are two reknowned local bands that will bring us into the New Year; Mike Beck and the Bohemian Saints with their Americana/Country music style, and Chris Cain with his original sound of jazz-inspired blues! Both events feature a countdown to the New Year! Read more about this year’s two Finales – at the Conference Center Ballroom and in the historic Golden State Theatre. Be sure to pick up Finale Tickets after 8pm, FREE to button-holders.