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Open Streets Santa Maria closes Main St. for day full of community activities

Posted at 10:15 AM, Mar 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-31 21:56:26-04

For the first time in history, a full mile of Santa Maria’s Main St. will be closed to celebrate Open Streets Santa Maria.

According to the Santa Barbara Open Streets website, the event usually rotates from town to town to highlight the different communities of Santa Barbara County. For Santa Maria, the event fell on Sunday, March 31, Cesar Chavez Day and was jam-packed with activities.

Event organizer Carlos Escobedo said Open Streets Santa Maria is about enjoying what the city has to offer.

“You know sometimes we are just too busy working, going to school, working going to school, and we don’t take time to get to know our neighbors,” Escobedo said.  “This is a place where you know you’re going to end up having a new hobby, or making a new friend or trying something new.”

The event was from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Main St. was closed from North Blosser Rd all the way down to North Broadway. In that mile-long car-free space, people could stop by a variety of booths and activities.

Open Streets Santa Maria falls on Cesar Chavez Day and will be jam-packed with activities. Photo Courtesy: Open Streets Santa Maria

They included:

  • BMX Show
  • Ecozone
  • Try transit zone
  • Dance zone
  • Education zone
  • Health and wellness fair
  • Farmers market
  • Kids activity zone
  • Cesar Chavez Celebration
  • Foursquare Church zone
  • Bike activity zone
  • Live music
  • Running race
  • Arts and culture zone
  • Climbing wall