Open Main Street Returns – Santa Monica Daily Press

Santa Monica will host another “Sharing on Open Main Street” event this weekend. As always, it will be a completely car and bus-free zone in the pedestrian zone between Hill and Kinney Streets. The activities take place on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m.

Participants are further encouraged to get to the event on foot, by bike, scooter or skateboard. The aforementioned pedestrian zone will be fenced to prevent access to e-scooters and e-bikes. These devices must be parked outside of the closed blocks. Buses that normally travel through Main Street will be diverted to Neilson Way, while temporary bus stops will be placed outside the pedestrian mall to serve passengers.

According to data collected during the event last month, nearly 74% of those surveyed walked or bike to the pilot.

The September event marks the third time the Ocean Park Association and Main St. Business Improvement Association are co-hosting this event.

Live music, entertainment, food, numerous children’s activities and fitness facilities are expected. The free fitness classes are offered by the Fit Girl Club. It is requested that participants bring their own mats, towels and water.

The residents of all walks are invited to enjoy huge games like Jenga, Chess and Connect 4. 12 different musicians are expected to perform over the weekend including: Old Corn Lickers, Mocha Chai and Circuit Works.

For kids, parishioners can expect rock climbing, face painting, and story time along with other planned kid-friendly activities. Attendees can look forward to al fresco dining on picnic tables and patio furniture for dining and relaxing.

The organizers boasted of success referring to last month’s event. According to survey data collected by event organizers, nearly 87% of respondents said they spent more time on Main Street because of the pilot.
The program is funded by grants from Metro to support economic recovery and community resilience due to the coronavirus pandemic. “Sharing on Open Main Street” will have its last weekend of fun on October 16th and 17th. In October, events include a pumpkin patch, a costume contest for children and pets, and likely movies on the street.

The full schedule can be found at mainstreetsm.com.
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