First Night Monterey - December 31, 2022

First Night Monterey to Celebrate 30th Community Celebration of the Arts

on Saturday, December 31, 2022

2023 Buttons Now OnSale


November 18, 2022. Monterey, CA. Save the date and buy your buttons soon to enjoy a fabulous New Year’s Eve celebration in beautiful Monterey! The City of Monterey’s signature event, First Night Monterey, is celebrating its 30th Community Celebration of the Arts on New Year’s Eve, with activities in Historic Downtown Monterey from 3:00 p.m. until Midnight on Saturday, December 31, 2022.  First Night Monterey is planning another safe and responsible family-friendly New Year’s Eve experience for everyone in Monterey.


Since 1992, Monterey’s annual New Year’s Eve celebration has been a community tradition and anchor to the holiday season, enjoyed by locals and visitors from near and far. Monterey is a popular destination all year long and it is especially a great place to celebrate New Year’s Eve.  Make plans to be here now. Check out the program on the website and start planning your night. The official First Night Monterey program guide is now online and will be printed and inserted into the Monterey County Weekly on December 29, 2022.

The exciting lineup of performers include 22 acts including gypsy jazz, bluegrass, pop, rock and roll, marimba, salsa, Latin jazz, rap, Americana, two orchestras, Folk and seven different cultural dance troupes! There will be lots of art-making activities and selfie murals that will bring out the child in all of us!

First Night Monterey offers the alternative New Year’s Eve celebration that encourages the public to enjoy a curated evening of family-friendly and affordable entertainment. First Night Monterey showcases the performing arts by giving exposure to new artists, rising stars and seasoned professionals helping them to expand their audience. First Night Monterey is committed to diversity in their line-up and seeks to develop cultural awareness and experience all year round.


From the youngest NYE celebrators to those with a treasure trove of First Night Monterey memories, there’s something fun for everyone at First Night! All button sale proceeds, the official ticket to First Night Monterey, supports the performing artists, including over 22 acts and hundreds of musicians.

As you make New Year’s Eve plans, First Night Monterey understands that your dollars are especially dear to you this year. Their goal is to make First Night Monterey affordable for all. First Night offers both Adult and Youth buttons and online special family pack savings.

First Night Monterey Buttons (i.e., tickets) go on sale Monday, November 14, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. online at  On December 1st, buttons will go on sale at all Monterey County Safeway stores. Check online for other retailers selling buttons in Monterey County at .




And the Winner is....Matthew Lencioni!

Matthew Lencioni is a CSUMB student from Santa Clara, graduating this upcoming spring with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Design. He realized he wanted to pursue design after noticing it bridged his passions for art, psychology, and his curiosity towards understanding humanity and how he can contribute to the human experience. When Matthew is not designing for school or a client, he enjoys cooking, hiking, as well as pursuing other forms of art like photography, poetry, and mixed media arts, which ultimately further inspires his designs. After graduation he hopes to break into the UX Design field and/or continue with graphic design & marketing, eventually becoming a business owner.