SANTA MONICA—On Sunday, October 7, two miles of streets in Santa Monica will be closed to car traffic as the city hosts its annual COAST Open Streets Event, which will feature a number of festivities including live music, dance, hands-on activities and large-scale art installations.
All of the events at COAST will focus on exploring new mobility options, sustainability and art. In a press release from the city of Santa Monica’s website, “Attendees are invited to enjoy the re-imagined public space by walking, biking, or skating throughout COAST’s route while taking in the picturesque Pacific Ocean views and various experiences offered along the way.”
Activities and performances will take place on every block within the radius of the 2-mile route, including at Camera Obscura, City Hall and the Santa Monica Pier.
The Camera Obscura Lab (COAL) will provide unique art experiences. Some of these include “Creatures on the Move,” an interactive kinetic installation and hands-on workshop by artist Molly Allis. There will also be a drawing and sketching session facilitated by Lisa Diane Wedgeworth, called “Music To Draw To.” People can enjoy celestially inspired music by the band Desert Magic while they create art.
The front yard of Santa Monica City Hall will be transformed into an open “Urban Dance Jam” for the COAST festivities. Music will be provided by DJ Glenn Red, who will play a mix of African and Latin rhythms with funk, hip-hop and reggae spins.
The festival will offer “World Dance Sessions,” that feature “Tropical Dance Jam” with Andrea Rodriguez, “Sabor Session” with Contra Tiempo, and “Bloco Afro Jam” with Viver Brasil. The Colorado Esplanade will hold performances and workshops facilitated by Koshin Taiko and Percussion Artists Workshops (PAWS).
Bike safety and related workshops will be available all day. Attendees can decorate helmets, learn how to ride a bike safely and discover the “Safe Routes to School Program.” Skateboarding lessons will be offered, courtesy of the Los Angeles based skateboarding school, SkateSide.
To conclude the festivities, there will be a celebratory “The After Party” event on the Pier. Musicians, artists and dancers will perform for the public. An array of unique musical acts will include R&B-soul-funk from the Blue Breeze Band, a six-piece string band called the Moonsville Collective, and Afro-Latin group El Santo.
Participants are encourage to walk, take the Expo Line or Big Blue Bus, and utilize the 110 miles of bikeways to get to the event. Attendees are able to ride their bikes or wheeled devices and walk along the route.
Bike rentals will be available at over 85 as well as at the 85 Breeze Bike Share stations located throughout the city. Free bike valet will be provided at several locations along the route.
For more details about COAST events, go to www.smgov.net/coast and use #COASTSaMo on social media.