New Year’s Eve is coming up quickly, and it acts as a great time for communities to gather together in celebration and revelry. California, some have asserted, knows how to party, and evidence of this belief can be found in Monterey this New Year’s Eve. In addition to boasting some of the most epic and coveted luxury real estate in the country, Monterey also hosts an annual event meant to ring in the New Year proper, and that is First Night Monterey. Many cities take part in this particular tradition, but Monterey is among the best out there on an annual basis.
First Night Monterey 2017 gives residents and tourists plenty of reasons to get out of the house for New Year’s Eve, and kicks off at 3:00 p.m. local time. This family-friendly event is always free of alcohol, and includes live performances from eclectic artists such as musicians and dancers. Some of this year’s performers include local musicians who have played Monterey since 1993 Red Beans & Rice, as well as Valley Soul for the first time. All types of music lovers will be satisfied at the 2017 iteration of First Night Monterey, with so many different talents taking the stage throughout the day.
Because midnight is the most important time of all, the event’s grand finale will take place at the Golden State Theater for those who want to stay indoors, and out on Alvarado Street for those who want to ring in the New Year outside. The countdown will be sure to get the blood pumping among all those in attendance, and Monterey will truly be alive – inside and out – given the sheer volume of performances and venues involved. There will also be a Twilight Procession at 5:30 p.m. local time for the youngsters, closing out the adjacent Kid’s Night Out in the process.
Visitors are encouraged to purchase their buttons – which are used in place of tickets – ahead of time. Kids five years of age and younger enter for free. More information can be found through the event’s official website. Do not miss out on the opportunity to be a part of the 24th annual First Night Monterey – plan on partying with the great people of this beautiful city to ring in the New Year!