COAST, The City of Santa Monica’s third annual open streets event, takes place October 7, 2018. (William Short Photography)
In celebration and commitment to art, mobility and sustainability, Santa Monica will once again hold COAST, an open streets event that is open to the public.
Taking place Sunday, Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the celebration is free and will expand across two miles of streets.
Closed off to traffic, streets will be filled with interactive art exhibits, live performances, local food and business purveyors.
Family, friends and neighbors will have Ocean Avenue from Wilshire Boulevard to Tongva Park and Main Street to Marine Street to roam around and enjoy their day taking in the sights and sounds.
Just last year, the event welcomed more than 50,000 visitors of all ages.
The turnout this year will get to witness numerous eclectic performances, including a stage on Ocean Avenue at Santa Monica Boulevard.
Those in attendance will get to see strolling musicians, dancers and large-scale immersive art installations at various spots along the route.
COAST makes for a great outing as it’s free and showcases great talent and food.
Aerial Artist John Q will bring together up to 50 people in real time to create a live human installation to depict art, mobility and sustainability.
Meanwhile, artists Jana Cruder and Matthew LaPenta will stun audiences with their larger than life art installation, Natural Plasticity, which illustrates the impact of plastic on the environment.
Event goers will be able to leave their personal mark on artist Peter Tigler’s interactive thumbprint mural.
Offering numerous ways to explore the natural world with garden tours, arts and crafts, planting tips and more will be the Santa Monica Community Garden.
Active Santa Monica will be hosting sessions ranging from dance to sports.
Lastly, Santa Monica Spoke will be teaching bike and scooter safety skills at the Bike Rodeo and will be allowing participants to decorate helmets.
Because mobility is one of the things being celebrated, attendees are encouraged to ride their bicycles or walk along the route.
For those interested in cycling but have no bicycle, multiple locations will be renting them out along the route.
To view more information, visit www.smgov.net.