The 20th annual Santa MonicaFestival will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 7 at Clover Park, 2600 Ocean Park Blvd.
Presented by the city of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division and Office of Sustainability and the Environment, the Santa Monica Festival has evolved into a celebration of art and the environment, event organizers say.
The festival will feature a mix of live music and dance, art workshops utilizing recycled and repurposed materials, vendors offering earth-friendly artistic wares and local resources offered by a variety of city and local nonprofit organizations.
Fresh foods will be offered from an assortment of food trucks, including Mexican, Indian and Asian cuisines as well as a variety of desserts. Cooking demonstrations will be given throughout the day by chefs and farmers that have been paired by Laura Avery of the Santa Monica Farmers Market.
Attendees will have an opportunity to take part in a community “flash mob,” courtesy of Dance Attack and led by Ryan Heffington. An array of environmental organizations will also be sharing their wealth of knowledge and tips about living sustainably, organizers said.
“The festival embodies both the pulsating energy and compassion that the city of Santa Monica has always emitted, but with a new twist,” says Katie Bergin, executive director of Community Arts Resources, the festival’s producer.
Allison Ostrovsky, cultural affairs supervisor for the city, added, “The city is excited to be reimagining this community jewel, presenting the 20th anniversary festival.”
The Santa Monica Festival is a solar-powered, near zero-waste event, organizers said. The festival is free and open to all ages.
Free and ample parking is available but attendees are encouraged to take public transportation, walk or bike. A free bike valet is located at 25th Street, south of Ocean Park Boulevard.