Coast is Santa Monica’s open streets event. Families can enjoy two miles of car-free streets and discover local food, music, shops, culture, dance, and games along the route.
Coast is entirely free and family-friendly. The event is held on approximately two miles of car-free streets in Downtown Santa Monica, including Ocean Avenue from Wilshire Boulevard south past City Hall and Tongva Park, as well as all of Main Street to Marine Street.
It’s not a race or a sporting event, and there’s no start or finish, and no right way to do it. Visitors can come for an hour, walk a block and sit down at a cafe, or ride bikes from end to end.
This year, the route features a variety of interactive and eclectic performances including a performance stage on Ocean Avenue at Santa Monica Boulevard, strolling musicians, dancers and large-scale immersive art installations at site-specific locations to be discovered along the route.
Aerial Artist John Q gathers up to 1,000 people in real time at the event creating a live human installation to artistically illustrate art, mobility and sustainability. Artists Jana Cruder and Matthew LaPenta demonstrate the impact of disposable plastic on the natural environment with their larger-than-life art installation titled, Natural Plasticity, constructed of a massive plastic straw and giant plastic bottle towering nearly 30 feet high. Event goers have an opportunity to contribute their personal mark to artist Peter Tigler’s interactive thumbprint mural that will take shape with public participation to illustrate a message of mobility and sustainability.
The Santa Monica Community Garden offers a variety of ways to explore the natural world through garden tours, arts and crafts, planting tips, and a how-to on preparing home-grown vegetables. Active Santa Monica leads a series of engaging sessions ranging from dance to sports. Santa Monica Spoke teaches bike and scooter safety skills at the Bike Rodeo and provides an opportunity for participants to decorate helmets.