Bike, bus, train or walk your way to a free, engaging and fun way to explore your city. This local event transforms our streets into a park for the day. Enjoy two miles of car-free streets and discover local food, music, shops, culture, dance and games with family and friends. 

Stroll with Samba dancers, picnic, and feel the breeze as you move through the streets!  Explore the interactive Coast Zones celebrating culture, sustainability and mobility, as well as other attractions along the route. 

For ongoing updates and additional information about COAST, RSVP to our Facebook Event, follow the City of Santa Monica on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and use the hashtag #GoSaMo.

Download the event flyer.

Event Program

① Colorado Esplanade

Colorado Boulevard has been completely revamped as a pedestrian and bicycle friendly walkway stretching between the Downtown Santa Monica Expo Line terminus station and the entrance to the Pier. With the landmark extension of rail to the City, there’s now a new connection which makes the experience of arriving in Santa Monica as great as the train ride itself.

The Esplanade is a pedestrian zone during Coast – so walk your bike or skateboard!

Metro

New train lines, new buses and new ideas, see what Metro is up to.

Free Bike Valet Parking

At the entrance to Santa Monica Place Parking

Art & Performance

Look for Poem Store, Stickfigure, Contra Tiempo and KnightRollers on the Esplanade at different times during the day. Santa Monica Place features a lifesize Beach Lifeguard Station that will be painted by a local artist during Coast.

Santa Monica Pier

The Pedestrian Zone continues into the historic pier which is over a century old and features wonderful shopping and dining, the 1922 Carousel, spectacular vistas, and Pacific Park – the only amusement park located on a pier on the entire West Coast!

Third Street Promenade

Continue your car-free experience by walking through the refurbished Santa Monica Place and emerging onto the world famous Third Street Promenade.

② Culture Zone

Santa Monica is one of the world’s great destinations not just for its majestic coastline, but also because it has the artistic and cultural offerings to match. At the Culture Zone, get a little taste of what the arts of Santa Monica have to offer:

Active Santa Monica Presents Community Class Demonstrations:

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Join Sarah Marsh-Chiba at The GROOVE.  Dance and move to amazing music!  Simple movements with no complicated choreography.
Zumba with Diana Flores.  An intro to Zumba that will get you moving.  It’s exercise is disguise!  Join Diana for an exhilarating Zumba workout!
Hoopfit Workout with Julia Snyder.  Do you remember playing with a hula hoop back in the day?  Join Julia to for a fun low impact cardio workout that strengthens and tones your entire body, especially your core.
Join Sarah Marsh-Chiba for a Cardio Dance Blast!  Disco dancing one minute to hip hop the next, workout with fun energetic sounds from across the world and across different eras!
Can’t get enough of Zumba?  Come back for more Zumba fun with Diana Flores!

Camera Obscura Art Lab

Santa Monica’s Adult Art Lab experience is open to all at Coast on June 5! Please see the schedule below:

Parklet on Ocean Avenue
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9:00 am 3:00 pm Demonstration – Weaving and Spinning with Anna, Trudy and Jamie, Members of the Southern California Weavers Guild
9:00 am 12:00 pm Demonstration - Watercolorist Timothy Kitz
10:00 am 1:00 pm Participate – Receive a Poem from Brian Sonia-Wallace
Inside the Camera Obscura Art Lab
Annex
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9:00 am 3:00 pm Participate – Sumi Ink Club with Alexis Macnab  Draw, doodle, map, and portray your soul on a shared length of paper with your fellow Coasters.
12:00 pm 3:00 pm Participate – Pen & Ink Portraits with Miles You are welcome to watch or take a seat and pose for Miles Lewis as he draws 5-10 minute brush pen portraits.
Auditorium
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9:00 am 3:00 pm Participate – Make a Collaged Card with Tiffany Peterson  Join Tiffany to make Collaged Trading and Tarot Cards out of magazines.
10:00 am 1:00 pm Demonstration – Wet Felted Painting with Sara Smelt  who will be working on a large wool portrait using her painterly felt technique.
10:00 am 3:00 pm Demonstration – Silver Enameling with Sharon Kaplan Take a look at the delicate process of enameling on silver with this master jeweler.
12:00 pm 3:00 pm Participate – Sing or Play-a-long with Jon Lee who will be playing piano and ukulele. You’re invited to sing along with him to folk, country, and rock songs - requests welcome!
Patio
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9:00 am 3:00 pm Demonstration – Printmaker Zeina Baltagi demonstrates the printing press, making bookmarks from a cut linoleum block.
9:00 am 3:00 pm Demonstration – Printmaker Patricia Mitchell demonstrates screenprinting bumper stickers. Her next class is Watercolor Monotype on June 25.
9:00 am 3:00 pm Demonstration – Painter Frank Valdez demonstrates sketching and painting with a live model, in the same setup that he uses for his weekly Saturday afternoon Long Pose Life Drawing classes.
  • Visit the historic Camera Obscura and view a fascinating panorama cast by the light of the sun
  • Visit The Broad Stage booth for a sneak peek at their upcoming season.

Performers

  • Viver Brasil

Parklet

Relax in the outdoor living room on Ocean Avenue and tell us about your Cultural Experiences in Santa Monica at Culture Happens Here, the interactive display created by HereDesign.

③ City Zone

Meet members of the City Council and other community leaders, see tools of the trade from some of the City departments that make Santa Monica tick, and learn how to keep Santa Monica thriving by thinking local, buying from small businesses, and staying active in your neighborhood.

  • Bring a picnic to City Hall
  • Play giant chess, checkers, jenga, connect four and more!
  • Public Works Open House – meet with staff and see some of the City’s “big toys!”
    • Resource Recovery and Recycling’s “party recycling truck”
    • Water Resources closed-circuit tv truck
    • Public Landscape vehicle
    • Bucket truck
    • Back hoe
    • Curby “The Recycling Robot”
  • Meet the City Council – Come enjoy music and snacks with the Santa Monica City Council in front of City Hall. 
  • City Clerk – Pick up or drop off your vote by mail ballot for the June 7 primary election and get information on the November election. In partnership with the LA County Registrar-Recorder’s Office.
  • The Sycons – groove to the soundtrack of solar-powered tunes

Check out the Buy Local Event Specials

④ Sustainability Zone

Enjoy picture-perfect and award-winning Tongva Park. See artwork made entirely from recycled items, help make a fifty-foot long train from repurposed materials, and even try out some of the solar phone chargers. Reducing our carbon footprint isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s the fun thing to do!

  • Office of Sustainability and the Environment (OSE) presents the Sustainable Living Room art installation by local arts collective DossHaus, made completely from recycled materials.
    • Recharge with OSE staff and plug into the solar phone charger
    • Fill up your water bottle and grab a KIND snack
  • The ReDiscover Cardboard Playground and Upcycled Crafting Corner- With piles of amazing upcycled crafting materials including cardboard (from shipping tubes to refrigerator boxes), fabric, wheels, zip ties, and tons of duct tape, your imagination is sure to go wild. Make a keepsake or sculpture inspired by the beach or help build a 50' cardboard train to celebrate the Expo line!
  • Natural History Museum – just a train ride away on Expo Line, the Museum presents Bioblitz Tongva Park – your chance to explore the insects, animals and plants of the park with a Museum expert.

Performers

  • Dosshaus
  • Stickfigure

⑤ Mobility Zone

The streets of Santa Monica belong to everyone — not just drivers, but bikers, pedestrians, and hey, maybe even hoverboarders. Come visit this Zone for great music, free bike repairs, information on Santa Monica’s revamped bike lanes, bike share and redesigned bus system, a helmet decorating workshop for children, and so much more. And did we mention there will be ice cream?

  • Big Blue Bus
  • Bike Center
  • Bike Walk Santa Monica
  • Bike Rodeo: Bike clinic for kids on pedestrian and bicycle safety
  • Breeze Bike Share
  • CASM Climate Corps
  • dublab: ambient music
  • First Aid by the American Red Cross
  • GoSaMo: Do you walk, bike, bus, or train SaMo? Stop by GoSaMo, the City of Santa Monica’s new campaign for giveaways and more at today’s popup mobility kiosk. Show off your favorite way to get around with your very own screen printed t-shirt.
  • Helmet Decorating Workshop for Kids with Safe Routes to School
  • Peddler’s Creamery: Ice Cream made by peddling a bike!
  • REI Bike Repair
  • Santa Monica Spoke: display of all kinds of bikes from around the world
  • WISE & Healthy Aging
  • ZipCar

⑥ Main Street and Norman Place

Coast celebrates this one-mile stretch of Santa Monica’s historic Main Street with a variety of things to eat, smell, touch, discover and enjoy. One of the best places in Southern California for window shopping, people watching, good food and many more surprises, explore this stretch activated with temporary “parklets” for seating and dining, strolling music and entertainment, business discounts and specials.

Ocean Park Library and Front Lawn on Norman Place

  • Crafts, games, and fun activities
  • sneak peeks of upcoming How-To Festival, SMPL at the Beach, and Summer Reading programs
  • Special Sunday Ocean Park Library hours
  • Sign up for a library card or check out books, DVDs, CDs, and more
  • Water station

Santa Monica Conservancy – Preservation Resource Center at the Shotgun House on Norman Place

The newly refurbished and historic “Shotgun House” was built in the 1890s and allows visitors a glimpse into the City’s complex history. A special display features the history of the African-American community in Santa Monica and the nearby Jim Crow-era beach site known as the “Inkwell.”

Santa Monica Farmers Market extended hours – 9 am to 3 pm

Park at the free bike valet and enjoy:

  • California farmers
  • Farm to table prepared foods
  • Hand crafted cocktails from the bar in the Victorian
  • Cooking demonstrations, Ask a Chef and Chef Interviews with Vucacious catering and friends
  • Steve’s machine empire inventive draw bots, “zee-bots”, spin art and giant crane
  • Eco arts and crafts and produce hunt with books & cookies
  • Balloon design by creative balloons
  • Magic by Craig Thomas
  • Face painting with Katherine King
  • Kids Music area with Peanut of Sweetly Spun Music
  • Live music by the La Love Band: dance grooves, soul, classic rock, Latin, country and reggae

Main Street Community Gardensworkshops and demonstrations throughout the day

Celebrating its 40th birthday, community gardeners welcome everyone to be a part of this regenerative organic gardening oasis. Visit the Butterfly Booth and see what it takes to cultivate local food and flora and nourish biodiversity and butterflies – particularly the monarchs under stress of extinction.

Hands-On Activities and Schedule

9:00 a.m.

  • Planting Milkweed Here and There
  • Monarch Mask-Making
  • Life in the Soil

10:00 a.m.

  • Planting Milkweed Here and There
  • Monarch Mask-Making
  • Biodiversity in the Garden

11:00 a.m.

  • Planting Milkweed Here and There
  • Monarch Mask-Making & Gardening Arts
  • Master Gardeners’ Tips

12:00 p.m.

  • Cheers for the Community Gardens’ Happy 40th! (Refreshments)
  • Planting Milkweed Here and There
  • Monarch Mask-Making & Gardening Arts
  • Master Gardeners’ Tips

1:00 p.m.

  • Planting Milkweed Here and There
  • Monarch Mask-Making & Gardening Arts
  • Growing and Harvesting Local Food

2:00 p.m.

  • Planting Milkweed Here and There
  • Monarch Mask-Making
  • Curbing Climate Change with Healthy Soil

Performers

  • Mad Alsacians
  • John Steven Morgan

Main Street Community Gardens— Happy 40th

(The below activities will be start once there are a reasonable amount of people in attendance.)

  • Garden and Monarch Way Station Tours
  • Regenerative Organic Gardening Demonstrations and Lessons
  • Garden Dining

Coast Performers

Discover, enjoy and play along with these great performers and artists curated and presented by Community Arts Resources especially for Coast participants.

Contra Tiempo
Site-specific performances on the triangle at Main and Colorado and in Tongva Park by this LA-based multilingual urban Latin dance theater company.
Dosshaus
The creative collective of artists Zoey Taylor and David Connelly who build the world the way they wish to live in.  Visit their installation at the Sustainability Zone in Tongva Park.
dublab
Spinning transportation themed tunes in the Mobility Zone at the Civic Auditorium.  When not here - dublab is a non-profit, online radio station dedicated to the growth of music, arts and culture.
La Love Band
Dance grooves, soul, classic rock, Latin, country and reggae
Mad Alsacians
Hot jazz sounds with a French flair up and down Main Street (between Marine and Pico). Under the artistic direction of Jean-Paul Monsché, listen to a soulful repertoire that includes timeless selections from the "Hot Club" era of Paris
John Steven Morgan
Between Dogtown Coffee and Santa Monica Farms, listen to this wonderful local pianist as he tickles the 88 keys of his portable instrument.
Poem Store
Look for local poet Jacqueline Suskin on the Colorado Esplanade. Give her a subject and she’ll write a poem on the spot for you on her manual typewriter!
Skaters
Don’t be surprised if you see somewhere along the route World Champion skater Trey Knight, a Cirque du Soleil featured performer, professional dancer, and elite skating coach performs with his team of professionals.
Stickfigure
These two performers on stilts tower over us under the direction of Eros Biox. Actor, clown, stilt-walker, fire performer, and puppeteer, Biox is the founding father of LA's Stilt Circus and appeared as a principle character in Cirque du Soleil's "DELIRIUM.” On Colorado Esplanade and Main St between Ocean Ave and the SM Civic Auditorium.
The Sycons
Solar powered DJs, audio/visual artists, and alt energy, alt transportation activists.  Listen to their beats at the City Zone in front of City Hall.
Viver Brasil - Samba in the Streets
Bahian Carnival style drumming, dancing and capoeira on Ocean Avenue between Wilshire Boluevard and Colorado Boulevard with this vibrant local company under the direction of founders Linda Yudin and Luiz Badaró.

Buy Local Event Specials

Over 50 Santa Monica businesses and organizations will offer specials during COAST.  Go to www.buylocalSM.com/Coast for more details. 

Bike Repair Along the Route

  • Bike Center, 1555 2nd Street
  • Velofix, Information Station at Ocean Avenue south of Wilshire Boulevard
  • Bike Repair on Main Street
    • Bike Attack, 2400 Main St
    • Bike Attack Electric+, 2904 Main St
    • Giant, 2411 Main St
    • IZIP, 2803 Main St
    • Public Bikes+Gears, 2714 Main St
    • REI, In the Mobility Zone, Main Street north of Pico

How to Get to Coast

Get to Coast car free and carefree.

Whether you walk, bike, scoot, skip, hop, or dance your way over, consider these options for traveling to and from the event.

  • Taken together or individually, the Metro Expo Light Rail and Big Blue Bus let you sit back and relax as you travel to Coast. All offer room to transport your bike right along with you.
  • Take your bike or a Breeze Bike Share rental for a spin on the bike paths along the beach and the new route from 17th Street to 5th Street and Colorado. See below for list of bike rental locations and view our map of bike routes.

Parking

  • Snag a spot in one of the thousands of parking spaces within a 10 minute walk of Coast or use one of the parking lots just steps away. See below for info on parking rates and lot closures.
    Main Street Lots
    • Lots 9, 11, 26: Normal rates.
    • Lot 10: Closed to facilitate Farmers Market loading and unloading.
    • Norman Place Lot: Closed
    Beach Lots
    • North (4N, 5N, 5AN, 6N, 7N, 8N, 9N): Normal rate: $10 per entry
    • Central (3N, 2S, 3S): Normal rate: $12 per entry
    • Central (1N): Event rate: $15 per entry, 200 spaces reserved for Pedal on the Pier at $12 each
    • South (4S and 5S): Normal rate: $10 per entry, parking refund in 5S for Farmers Market patrons suspended
    • Pier Deck: Closed
    • Beach House: Normal rate: $3/hour, $12 daily maximum
    • Short term parking lots (all of 1S, portions of 4S and 5S): Normal rate: $1/hour

    Civic

    Event rate: $10 per entry from 7am to 3pm, must remove car by midnight

    Downtown Lots 27-30 and PS 10

    Normal rates:
    • Each 30 minutes is $1
    • $14 daily maximum

    Downtown Structures 1-9, KEC

    Event rate: $10 per entry from 7am to 3pm, must remove car by midnight

    Mid-City Lots 7, 8, 12

    Normal rates.

Event Accessibility

What to expect

  • Approximately 2 miles of streets will be closed to vehicles and open to people! Walking, bikes, skateboards, wheelchairs, skates, etc. will take over the streets. Expect lots of people and congestion throughout the route. See the event map.
  • The Colorado Esplanade will be pedestrian and mobility devices only, with the rest of the route open to all other forms of mobility, except cars!

Parking, drop-off and getting to COAST

  • All lots along the route have accessible spots. See the ‘Get to Coast car free and carefree’ drop down menu for the list of parking lots and rates.
  • People can be dropped off close to the route via the local access only streets both north and south of the closed streets. See the list of street closures and event map.
  • Public transportation – the Big Blue Bus, Metro buses and the Expo Line are all accessible. Both the Big Blue Bus and Metro buses are rerouting buses due to the street closures. See the BBB site and Metro site for details.

Getting around COAST

  • The streets, sidewalks, Colorado Esplanade, 3rd Promenade, Santa Monica Place, Tongva Park, Palisades Park and the three programmed hubs are all accessible. All public restrooms are also accessible. Additional portable restrooms will be located along the route and will include accessible restrooms.

Accessibility resources

  • An electronic version of the event flyer.
  • Wise & Healthy Aging will have a booth in the Mobility Zone. See the event map for location.
  • A beach access map is available online and will also be available at the event at the three info booths. See the event map for locations.

Bike Rentals

Bike Attack Electric +

2904 Main St.

424-744-8148

bikeattackelectric.com

Bike Attack LLC

2400 Main St

310-581-8014

www.bikeattack.com

Perry’s Café & Rentals

2400 Ocean Front Walk

310-452-7609

www.perryscafe.com

Perry’s Café & Rentals

2600 Ocean Front Walk

310-584-9306

www.perryscafe.com

Perry’s Café & Rentals

1200 Pacific Coast Highway

310-696-8644

www.perryscafe.com

Perry’s Café & Rentals

930 Pacific Coast Highway

310-260-1114

www.perryscafe.com

Perry's Blazing Saddles

320 Santa Monica Pier

310-393-9778

www.perryscafe.com

Santa Monica Beach Bicycle Rental

1428 4th St.

310-428-5337

smbikerental.com

Santa Monica Bike Center

1555 2nd St

310-656-8500

www.smbikecenter.com

Sea Mist Rentals

1619 Ocean Front Walk

310-395-7076

Spokes N' Stuff

1715 Ocean Front Walk

310-395-4748

www.spokesnstuff.com

Are you a Santa Monica business/organization along the route?

Here's how to get involved:

  • Plan to be open on the day of the event.
  • Activate your storefront and make it visible to people attending the event.
  • Help get the word out in advance. Use this postcard or share the event on Facebook to help spread the word! Looking for printed copies of the postcard? Contact communications@smgov.net.
  • Bring your businesses outside. If you have permission to use the sidewalks in front of your business, feel free to bring your products, music, or seating outside. NOTE: Under the terms of the City’s permit, no stationary objects are allowed in the street itself.
  • If you’re offering specials or special activities to celebrate the event, let us know at Santa Monica’s Buy Local website.

For ongoing updates and additional information about Coast, RSVP to our Facebook Event, follow the City of Santa Monica on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and use the hashtag #GoSaMo.

Questions? Please contact communications@smgov.net or check out the FAQ

FAQ

  • How will car access be handled along the route?

    Cars can cross the route at various major intersections, but expect medium-to-long delays on nearby streets if you must drive or travel by bus that day.

  • Is the Pier parking available on June 5?

    No Pier parking and ramp will be closed from 8 AM to 4 PM.

  • Will any locations be open to buy a TAP card on June 5?

    Yes! The Transit Store at 1444 4th Street will be open on Sunday, June 5.