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Santa Monica's COAST Open Streets Festival to Take Place Sunday
September 29, 2017 -- Sunday's second annual COAST Festival is more than a chance to go carless on Santa Monica's often congested streets. It's also an opportunity to listen to an all-female Mariachi band, experience the building of a "Dream Tree" and go dancing in the streets.
The open streets event -- which takes place Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. -- gives people the chance to walk, bike and skate through two miles of activated streets, officials said.
And it's what will take place on those activated streets that have organizers most excited. They include:
* An all-string female Mariachi band Las Collbrí at the Farmers Market,
* The Hip-hop dance group Antics on the COAST Stage at 1 p.m.
* The building of a "Dream Tree" by Kiel Johnson and reDiscover Center using re-purposed materials in the "Sustainability Zone, and
* Twenty Minute Treks, guided tours from poets and historians along Ocean & Broadway from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The festival which covers Ocean Avenue from Wilshire Boulevard to Tongva Park and Main Street from Colorado to Pier Avenues, also includes special zones.
There will be plenty of music on Ocean Avenue South of Wilshire Boulevard sponsored by Downtown Santa Monica and Santa Monica Travel & Tourism, including smooth "Yacht Rock" hits from the 70's and 80's and hot Salsa music from an international ensemble.
There will be plenty of dancing and a Zumba workout at the intersection of Santa Monica Boulevard and Ocean Avenue, hula hoop workouts and soccer lessons in Palisades Park and art workshops at the Camera Obscura Lab in the "Art Zone."
For a full list of COAST events click here.
COAST -- which "marries the concept of shutting down the street to cars with a cultural festival" -- gives participants a taste of what it would be like to get around the heart of downtown and the city's most popular attractions without a car, City officials said.
Last year's event -- which was merged with the annual Santa Monica Festival -- drew more than 50,000 people.
"This year, the City of Santa Monica is pulling off even more live music, interactive art stations, and loads of food," City officials said. "The route is two-miles long, so can easily be walked, biked, or even skated."
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