July 19, 2019 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

Picnicking on the Promenade

By Charles Trepany

Teenagers laughing over a game of Apples to Apples. Parents showing their children how to toss a bean bag. Store employees enjoying their lunch break under a bright blue umbrella.

Such are the sights and sounds of the fourth annual Picnic on the Promenade, a weekly outdoor summer event organized by Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. and recurring until Aug. 31.

Every Friday from noon to 4 p.m., passersby on the north block of the Third Street Promenade can find classic games – like cornhole, ping pong, giant Jenga, tic-tac-toe and Apples to Apples – to enjoy for free. Although the games are available only on Friday afternoons, the colorful tables, chairs and umbrellas stay out for visitors to enjoy Monday through Friday.

Photos: Downtown Santa Monica Inc.
Playing cornhole is a great break away from shopping!

Downtown Santa Monica’s senior marketing and communication manager Kevin Herrera said the goal is to allow visitors to make the space their own.

“It gives locals as well as visitors another reason to visit downtown and to really enjoy the Promenade as the community’s living room,” he said. “You can shop, dine, enjoy the beautiful weather and just hang out and watch our performers and people watch as folks come through the area.”

On Friday nights from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., visitors can enjoy free performances from the Promenade’s most established street performers invited by Downtown Santa Monica, Inc.

“We really pride ourselves on having a really diverse and talented group of street performers on Third Street Promenade, so we really strive our best to highlight that talent,” Herrera said. “It’s all organic talent. Every week we’ll have different acts.”

On Wednesday nights from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Picnic on the Promenade becomes Ping Pong on the Promenade. Also free to visitors, this event includes PongFit representatives who organize ping pong matches, offer tips on technique and spread awareness about the game.

Former Santa Monica resident Vetzy Ferreira said the games at Picnic on the Promenade appeal to all ages.

“I’m taking care of the kids, and the parents are shopping,” she said. “They’re great for kids because you can entertain them while other people go shopping.”

Belgium tourist Maxim Demoor said the games at Picnic on the Promenade were a nice way for him to relax during his visit.

“We started with Ping Pong,” he said. “It’s a very nice idea, and the weather is also nice. It’s cool.”

Herrera said the best part about Picnic on the Promenade is how it brings families together.

“For me personally, it’s just seeing all the people enjoying the space, whether it’s little kids or adults,” Herrera said. “It seems that the atmosphere brings out the kid in all of us.”

For more information head to: www.downtownsm.com

Related Posts

Santa Monica Sees Nearly 9 Percent Spike in Part 1 Crimes

February 4, 2019

February 4, 2019

SMPD Chief Cynthia Renaud gives crime update. By Sam Catanzaro Over the past month, Santa Monica has experienced a string...

Man Charged for Murdering Mother

February 4, 2019

February 4, 2019

Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office files charges on Stephen Lloyd Fader. By Staff Writer The Los Angeles County District...

Fighting Fires, Tackling Homelessness, Saving Lives

February 5, 2019

February 5, 2019

The role of fire departments in 21st-century urban centers.  By Keldine Hull Do firefighters fight fires? Obviously, but most of...

SM City Defends Temporary Protective Status for Immigrants

February 5, 2019

February 5, 2019

By Staff Writer Santa Monica City Council voted unanimously at their January 22 meeting to join an amicus brief to...

SMPD Mounted Patrol Aids in Arrest

February 5, 2019

February 5, 2019

By Sam Catanzaro The Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) carried out an arrest on February 1 with the aid of horses....

MDR Oil Well Explosion Sparks Debate

February 6, 2019

February 6, 2019

Jan. 18 incident sheds light on the dangers of oil wells in the city. By Tor Marom Discussions on public...

State of the City: Climate Change, Communication Among Challenges Facing Santa Monica

February 8, 2019

February 8, 2019

Mayor Davis delivers annual address. By Tor Marom This past Wednesday, the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce held its annual...

Santa Monica and ‘Big One’ Preparedness

July 8, 2019

July 8, 2019

All it took was 10-20 seconds for the 1994 Northridge earthquake to rattle Southern California in a way no earthquake had done before. Dozens of people lost their lives and thousands more were injured as the state reeled from a catastrophic event that cost billions in damages

Santa Monica Man Arrested for Attempting to Murder Girlfriend

February 12, 2019

February 12, 2019

Kevin Ferron charged with attacking girlfriend Anna Koosman. By Sam Catanzaro The Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) have arrested a...

Fire Damages Santa Monica High Rise

February 13, 2019

February 13, 2019

Shores Apartments unit catches fire Monday night.  By Staff Writer A Santa Monica high rise by the beach caught fire Monday...

SMPD to Conduct Bike and Pedestrian Safety Enforcement

February 13, 2019

February 13, 2019

Citations and increased enforcement Feb. 15 and 18. By Staff Writer  The Santa Monica Police Department will be conducting bike...

Judge’s Final Ruling Orders Districts, Special Election

February 17, 2019

February 17, 2019

Final judgement calls for July 2 special election to choose new council.  By Sam Catanzaro  A final judgment has been...

Santa Monica Police Seize 29 Guns, Cocaine, Meth and Heroin

February 20, 2019

February 20, 2019

By Staff Writer  On February 15,  the Santa Monica Police Department’s (SMPD) Narcotics/Vice Unit along with SWAT served multiple search...

Adapting to Santa Monica’s Single-Use Plastic Ban

February 21, 2019

February 21, 2019

City’s disposable food-ware ordinance under effect. By Keldine Hull When an updated Disposable Food Service Ware Ordinance went into effect...

Council Votes Unanimously to Appeal District-Election Ruling

February 22, 2019

February 22, 2019

City of Santa Monica to appeal ruling that elections are in violation of CRVA.  By Sam Catanzaro On February 21,...