Main Street, Colorado Blvd. and Ocean Ave will be closed to traffic Sunday but officials hope the streets will be far from empty.
Bicyclists, pedestrians, skateboarders and anyone traveling without an engine are invited to fill the car-free zone as part of the City’s second annual Coast Festival.
More than 50,000 people attended the first event last year and organizers have kept the route essentially the same for this weekend’s festival.
Marine Street will be closed from Pier to Colorado. Colorado will be closed from 5th to Ocean and Ocean will be closed from Wilshire to Colorado. Each section of the closure will have its own entertainment and activities.
Ocean Ave will have live music from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. including “Yacht Rock” banc Yachty By Nature, KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez, Antics hip-hop dance company and Rumbankete salsa musicians.
Local groups distributing information will include Santa Monica Airport2Park Foundation, Santa Monica Mid City Neighbors, Connections for Children, Santa Monica Fire Department, West Side Energy Partnership and the Shakey-Quakey School House Earthquake Simulator.
Several recreation classes will be held at the intersection of Ocean and Santa Monica Blvd. including a Zumba workout (10 – 11 a.m.), Brazilian dance/drum (11 a.m. – 1 p.m.), African fusion and jazz dance with rap lessons (1 – 2 p.m.) and cardio exercise (2 – 3 p.m.).
Soccer skills will be offered all day in Palisades Park at Santa Monica Blvd. and from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. there will be a low-impact cardio class featuring hula hoops.
The Camera Obscura Art Lab at 1450 Ocean Ave. will have an all day Art Zone including artist-led tours, group karaoke, collaborative drawing, write something for a stranger and more designed to facilitate connections between attendees.
Inside there will be tours of the Camera Obscura mechanism, printmaking with artist Zeina Baltagi, a large collaborative scroll drawing with Shannon Freshwater and two interactive games. VVR, a “Google Daydream VR experience,” that explores the purpose of humanity in an automated world and Sign, a group experience by Thorny Games that explores the real life struggle to develop sign language. Roberto Benavidez will field questions about art Pinatas with a making demonstration from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Outside there will be community portraits combining residents from different neighborhoods into blended “families” and a group sing-along from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. with lounge singer Robby Fontana.’
Camera Obscura will also be the launching point for “Twenty Minute Treks” and the short tours will cover topics like local history, art and poetry. Tours will leave every 15 minutes beginning at 11 a.m.
The Santa Monica Pier will host a friendly bike decorating event at noon in advance of their Bike Parade starting at 2 p.m. Pier businesses will have discounts and specials throughout the day. There will be live music by modern folk rocker Sister Speak at 12 p.m. and The Music of Rod Lightning & the Thunderbolts of Love (classic rock) at 2:15 p.m. Pier history tours will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Santa Monica Pier Aquarium will host a Saturday Story Time at 2 p.m. Aquarium visitors can decorate a free canvas bag (with paid admission and while supplies last) and there will be an Aquarium Activity Table offering sea-themed crafts next to the bike decorating.
The Colorado Esplanade (from 4th to Ocean) will have several activities.
Metro will provide information about local transit, the Red Cross will have information about disaster relief programs, the Santa Monica College Emeritus College Jewelry class will give attendees the chance to make jewelry with recycled materials, the Santa Monica Symphony will have live performances and some instruments on hand for demonstrations and Kids On Stage will let youth create characters and stories.
Santa Monica Place has live music all day and a COAST pass good for food/drink specials at mall restaurants. While much of Downtown Santa Monica isn’t part of the road closed course, local businesses will still have specials and the Promenade will host its regular street performers/public art.
City Hall will host information and activities related to sustainability. The reDiscover Center will help attendees document their sustainable dream and create life-size cardboard trees. Climate Action Santa Monica, Environmental Defenders, the LA County Toy Loan Program, Santa Monica Forward and Solar Santa Monica will all be on hand with games, activities and information.
Members of the various Santa Monica Boards/Commissions will be at City Hall with specific activities hosted by the Commission on the Status of Women, the Rent Control Board and City Council.
The Santa Monica Civic Auditorium will host mobility themed activities. Information will be provided by GoSaMo, The Free Ride, Big Blue Bus, Breeze Bike Share and The Southern California Association of Governments. Santa Monica Spoke will host a bike rodeo and there will be live screen printing. A pair of food trucks will also be located at the Civic.
Several local groups will be providing entertainment along Main Street.
The Community Garden will have activities from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. including Monarch mask making, selfies in the garden, tips from Master Gardeners, seed saving information and gardening demonstrations.
The Santa Monica Conservancy will be will be at their Shotgun House (Norman Place between Main and 2nd) hosting tours of the historic resource and manning a booth with kids activities. The nearby Ocean Park Branch Library will have crafts for kids, big games (Jenga, Connect Four, Twister), library information and a preview of the upcoming Santa Monica Eats! Event.
The Main Street Farmers Market has extended hours from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be live music all day, cooking demonstrations, panel discussions, kids dance activity, Buy Local booth and additional family friendly fun.
Several roving performers will wander the route throughout the day including the New Orleans brass band Critical Brass, acrobatic performer Eros Biox, jump ropers jumpLA, S4X saxophone quartet and the all-string female band Los Colibri.
For more information about Coast, visit smgov.net/coast. For a list of businesses participating, visit http://www.buylocalsantamonica.com/