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Nov 9 - Dec 31, 2023

First Night Monterey


The mission of First Night Monterey, Inc. is to bring families together and unite our community in all its diversity through the visual and performing arts, to foster the public’s appreciation of visual and performing arts and to celebrate families and community through workshops and the New Year‘s Eve celebration. First Night's programs are designed to appeal to people of all ages and backgrounds and to broaden and deepen public appreciation of the arts. The centerpiece of First Night Monterey is our alcohol-free celebration on New Year's Eve in downtown Monterey.

The Big Idea

Using art as a way to bring the community together and voice our common goals, Create Hope will tell the stories of our residents from all over the county on how they are and will, create for themselves and for their community. Together we can let hope overcome our fears to shape the future. Our project will take us around the county and have a big installation at the FNM 2025, on Dec. 31, 2024

Through their engagement with community groups, schools, businesses and cultural organizations, First Night Monterey is continuing to build successful relationships with the creative industry in Monterey and is a strong advocate for the importance of arts in maintaining a healthy community for all to enjoy. As a signature event in Downtown Monterey, the First Night Monterey New Year's Celebration of the Arts in historic Downtown Monterey brings residents and tourists together in a safe and creative environment to ring in the New Year.

- Peter Cofresi