The 21st annual Santa Monica Festival, highlighting the connection between the city’s businesses, arts and environment while promoting sustainable living, will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 19 at Clover Park, 2600 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica.
The festival will feature interactive activities, live music and dance, fitness displays and food. Admission, parking and bike valet are free.
Among the highlights are music performances by Dustbowl Revival, La Santa Cecilia, Lux Aeterna and Vaud & The Villains, fitness classes, eco-friendly workshops and a Santa Monica Farmers Market “Chef Challenge” cooking competition.
In addition, visitors can learn about recreational classes offered by the city and how to incorporate fitness into everyday life, watch cooking demonstrations and discover local resources offered by a variety of Santa Monica environmental and local nonprofit organizations.
“The city proudly presents this annual festival to celebrate and showcase the unique and progressive programs, businesses, culture and environmental initiatives of Santa Monica,” said Allison Ostrovsky, Cultural Affairs supervisor in Santa Monica.
The event is presented by the Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division, Community and Cultural Services Department, and Office of Sustainability and the Environment.
The culinary stage includes a new addition this year, the Santa Monica Farmers Market “Chef Challenge” featuring Nyesha Arrington, executive chef at The Wilshire, and John-Carlos Kuramoto, executive chef at Michael’s, who will create dishes using farmers market ingredients.
Over a dozen food trucks and carts will be on hand at the event.
The festival’s “Eco Zone” will include interactive booths and activities promoting sustainable solutions for the home, garden and daily living.
Fitness related activities will include Zumba, belly dancing, martial arts, gymnastics, and yoga demonstrations throughout the day.