Santa Monica will hold yet another “Sharing an Open Main Street” event this weekend. As always, it will be a completely car and bus free zone in the pedestrian plaza created between Hill and Kinney streets. The activities take place on Saturday and Sunday beginning at 10 a.m.


Attendees are still encouraged to walk, bike, scooter or skateboard to the event. The previously mentioned pedestrian plaza area will be geofenced to prevent e-scooter and e-bike access, these devices will need to be parked outside the closed blocks. As for buses that typically pass through Main St., they will be detoured to Neilson Way while temporary bus stops will be placed outside of the pedestrian zone to serve riders.


According to data collected during last month’s event, nearly 74% of respondents walked or biked to the pilot.


The September event marks the third time Ocean Park Association and Main St. Business Improvement Association have held this event together.

There is expected to be live music, entertainment, food, numerous activities for kids and fitness opportunities. The free fitness classes are being put on by Fit Girl Club. It is asked that participants bring their own mats, towels and water.


Residents of all walks are invited to enjoy giant-sized games such as Jenga, chess, and Connect 4. There are expected to be 12 different musicians performing over the weekend including: Old Corn Lickers, Mocha Chai, and Circuit Works.


For children, community members can expect rock climbing, face painting and story time along with other kid-friendly activities planned. Participants can expect to enjoy al fresco dining on picnic tables and lawn furniture set up for eating and relaxing.


Organizers boasted of success when referring to last month’s event. According to survey data collected by event organizers, nearly 87% of respondents said they spent more time on Main St due to the pilot.
The program is funded by grants from Metro to promote business recovery and community resilience due to the coronavirus pandemic. “Sharing an Open Main Street” will have its last weekend of fun on October 16 and 17. In October, the events include a pumpkin patch, a kids and pets costume contest and likely movies in the street.


For the full schedule please visit mainstreetsm.com.
SMDP Staff