Main Street Al Fresco


The Main Street Al Fresco Project reimagines the way we use our streets, sidewalks, and curbside space to better support small businesses and active mobility. In partnership with the Main St Business Improvement Association and Ocean Park Association, the City repurposed travel lanes and converted parking spaces to allow businesses to temporarily launch outdoor dining, shopping, and recreation along the public right-of-way during the COVID-19 pandemic. From Pico Blvd to Pier Ave sidewalk extensions, parklets, private parking lots, and curb use were transformed as part of the City’s economic recovery efforts  to safely reopen Santa Monica. 

For four weekends this summer, two blocks of Main Street will become a pedestrian plaza where the Santa Monica community can safely enjoy al fresco dining, family-friendly activities, and other fun experiences with local businesses. Sharing an Open Main Street, builds on the successful Al Fresco sidewalk dining and parklet project.

Upcoming - Sharing an Open Main Street is September 18-19

Join the community one weekend a month this summer and fall when two blocks of Main Street will be transformed into a pedestrian plaza where the community can enjoy al fresco dining, reconnect with friends, shop, and have fun in the street! Everyone is encouraged to walk, bike, or bus down to Main Street and if you plan to eat, reservations are strongly encouraged. 

Know before you go:

The "Popup Park" at Main & Ashland will host the following activities: 

Photo of the Remarkables mountain range in Queenstown, New Zealand. 

Above: Diagram shows extent of Main Street to be converted to a pedestrian plaza for four weekends over the summer. 

Photo of the Remarkables mountain range in Queenstown, New Zealand. 

Above: Diagram shows planned detour route, temporary bus stops, and parking. 

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