First City Festival

First City Festival

First City Festival


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Monterey meets Coachella during the First City Festival. The site of the original Monterey Pop Festival, Monterey County Fair & Event Center hosts the two-day music event August 23rd and 24th. 


Over 30 bands and musicians perform on three stages throughout the fairground’s 20 acres. The First City Festival focuses on everything from electro-pop, psychedelic pop to dream pop. Major acts include Beck, The National, The Naked and Famous, Phantogram and many more! For a full line-up click here.


There are a variety of activities to keep you busy in-between sets including a full carnival complete with games and rides. Several food, wine and beer vendors will also be on site.

Tickets & Special Discount Code

Two-day general admission passes are $159.50 and two-day VIP admission passes are $289.50. Ticket prices also include unlimited access to carnival rides. For tickets visit the official First City Festival ticketing website.

Use discount code FCFSEEMONTEREY to get $50 off a two-day general admission ticket ($109.50 with discount) and $25 off a single-day Saturday or Sunday ticket ($54.75 with discount). Tickets can be purchased at

First City Festival Hotels

Several hotels of Monterey and Seaside are all within a short walk or drive of the Monterey County Fair & Event Center. Various campgrounds and campsites are also available within a short distance to the venue.
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