First Night is how Monterey rings in the New Year. First Night Monterey is a community celebration of the arts on New Year's Eve. It’s an alcohol-free family celebration that lasts from 3 PM to midnight with over 30 different performers playing more than 70 sets ranging from Classical to Hip-Hop, Jazz to Reggae, and dance ensembles.
This is the perfect family event for anyone visiting Monterey for the New Year. There’s also Kids' Night Out activities. Kids Night Out! begins at 3:30 PM with kid friendly activities like face painting artists, puppet theater, interactive art activities and folk music for the little ones. It all culminates with the Twilight Procession at 5:30 PM.
For those staying later, First Night Monterey transforms historic downtown: streetscapes, buildings, theaters, churches and concert halls into a fun, informative and unique to experience multiple forms of art and celebrate the New Year!
Hotels and restaurants throughout Monterey are available and ready for the influx of guests for First Night Monterey. Keep in mind when choosing accommodations that events are located in historic downtown Monterey. FNM does not provide valet parking, but there are free shuttles available for park and shuttle rides. You can also reserve private transportation with Main Event Transportation and Monterey Airbus. Private car services can offer direct transfers between hotels and downtown Monterey.
Reserve a shuttle or luxury vehicle and start your New Year with Monterey Airbus!