SANTA MONICA, Calif., Sept. 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Santa Monica is closing two of its main thoroughfares to car traffic on October 1, 2017 for the COAST Open Streets Festival. COAST marries the open streets event concept with a robust cultural festival with live music, interactive art, and local food for the public's pleasure. The route is two-miles long, making it easy to walk, bike, or skate throughout Santa Monica with great views of the Pacific along the way. COAST is free to the public and runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The route will close Ocean Ave. from Wilshire Blvd. to Tongva Park, and Main St. from Colorado Ave. to Marine St. Enjoy entertainment every block of the route and at the iconic Santa Monica Pier, Third Street Promenade, and Santa Monica Place.
Five things you shouldn't miss:
- All-string female Mariachi band Las Collbrí (Main St 10-12:30; Ocean 1:30-4)
- Hip-hop dance group Antics (COAST Stage, 1)
- Samba Reggae and Afro-Brazilian Dance (Ocean & Santa Monica, 11, 12)
- Kiel Johnson and reDiscover Center build Dream Tree from repurposed materials (Sustainability Zone, 10-4)
- Twenty Minute Treks, guided tours from poets and historians (Ocean & Broadway, 11-4)
The best way to get to COAST is on the Expo Line, Big Blue Bus or by taking advantage of Santa Monica's 110 miles of bikeways. You do not need a bike to come to COAST. You can walk, check out a Breeze bike or rent a bike at multiple locations along the route. Free bike valets will make it easy to check-in your bike to grab lunch and enjoy the entertainment.
"We invite our local and neighboring communities to join us for COAST, one of the biggest block parties in the region," said Mayor Ted Winterer. "Two miles of Southern California's most desirable streets will be closed to cars for the enjoyment of bikers and pedestrians with lively entertainment on every block. Please stop by City Hall to say hello to me and the Council."
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SOURCE City of Santa Monica