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First Night Monterey - A New Year’s Eve Celebration of the Arts

It all started in Boston 42 years ago when the concept of First Night was brought to existence. Following its success, it has then been brought to different states and places in the US and Canada. With still the same aim that is to have a creative and unique way to celebrate the New Year’s Eve, First Night has become a huge success in different places. Because of this, many versions of it have started. In 1992 of December 31st, Monterey started its first ever First Night Monterey. If you are looking for a unique way to celebrate the New Year’s Eve; something that is creative and something that your kids and your whole family will surely enjoy and love, First Night Monterey should be on top of your New Year’s Eve priorities.
 
This family-friendly affair is strictly for families only especially for the kids. It’s relatively a new way to celebrate the New Year which is usually all about fireworks and some not so decent activities. For this year, First Night Monterey 2018 will be celebrating its 26 years with the theme Color Me Monterey
 
This year’s First Night Monterey will begin at 3pm up until the clock strikes midnight. It’s loaded with activities and fun that are wholesome and good for the whole family. Invite the whole family and welcome 2019 with a bang with lots of laughter and merry-making. Join the entire Monterey community as they dance, act, sing, perform and appreciate art as they greet the New Year. For a complete list of activities during the event, see details below.
 
3:00pm - Opening Ceremony (Colton Lawn stage Pacific Street)
 
3:30pm - Kids Night Out (face painting, henna tattoo, puppet art theatre, folk music)
 
5:30pm - Twilight Procession (Alvarado Street)
 
11:15 - Grand Finale
 
New Year isn’t complete without the New Year’s resolution, First Night Monterey made this even more exciting with an Interactive Resolution Sculpture — challenging each and every goers to make life-changing moves, bold actions and improve life in the coming year. Moreover, a musical treat awaits musical fans with Hip Hop music, Classical, Jazz and Reggae. Art lovers would definitely enjoy art installations and different crafts.  And of course, let us not forget the variety of food choices available in every booth. Catch all these performances and entertainment happening at Historic Downtown Monterey on December 31, 2018. 
 
Ticket prices are as follows:
 
ADULT BUTTON (16 and older)
$18 Early Bird Price November through first week of December
$22 Advance Purchase Price through December 30th
$25 Full Price December 31 (Day of Celebration), available at Event
 
YOUTH BUTTON (6-15 years old)
$10 Early Bird Price November through first week of December
$15 Advance Purchase Price through December 30th
$18 Full Price December 31 (Day of Celebration), available at Event
 
Know before you go
 
Children 5 year and under are free of admission
Discounts are available through online or by buying early.
Event pushes thru rain or shine.
Parking is available.
This event is for all ages and shape and sizes.

Staying in Monterey for the New Year? Check out Munras Inn. Book best room rates through our website here or call (831) 646-9696.

Photo credit: www.montereyherald.com