The Sixth Annual Pico Festival and Classic Car Show, an event highlighting the businesses and artists along Pico Boulevard in Santa Monica, will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2 at Virginia Avenue Park, 2200 Virginia Ave., Santa Monica.
Presented by the Pico Improvement Organization and the city of Santa Monica, the Pico Festival will feature artist displays of paintings, drawings, sculptures, and other colorful creations, all for sale.
Neighborhood merchants will also offer fashion products, balloons, salon treatments, massage, and other services, and a Gallery Pavilion filled with a collection of fine art from around the city will be on exhibit at the event.
A key feature of the festival, the Classic Car Show, will consist of over 40 custom cars from across Southern California. Pico Boulevard has been host to scores of auto businesses over the decades, the Pico Improvement Organization notes.
Trophies will be awarded in various classes and prizes will be raffled, including a sound system donated by Al’s Stereo.
Car show and raffle proceeds will benefit the Santa Monica High School Athletic Department and the Cody Williams Recovery Fund, named after the Santa Monica High linebacker who sustained serious spinal injuries in a football game in September 2009.
Musical performances at the festival will include Upground, Mariachi Alta California, the Russ Mullen Jazz Associates and the Samohi Jazz Combo. Various dance performances will also be presented by Folklorico La Rosa, Capoeira Besouro, YWCA Dancers, and the Samohi cheerleaders.
At nearby Santa Monica College, the Art Department will open its doors for glassblowing and printmaking demonstrations, and will host an exhibition and sale of drawings, paintings, jewelry and art glass made by student artists and faculty. SMC will also provide panels for visitors to draw on as a part of the Big Draw LA annual October event. The Big Draw LA creates opportunities for people of all ages to discover that drawing can help them See, Think, and Invent.
Santa Monica College will offer free parking at Pico and 17th Street.