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Downtown Fridays in Santa Maria

Post Date:04/04/2016 3:13 PM

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April 4, 2016


Downtown Fridays in Santa Maria


Starting Friday April 8th, Downtown Santa Maria will be the place to be for families, fun, fresh produce and community camaraderie.


Downtown Fridays is a new, family-friendly event for Santa Maria’s downtown. The first one will take place, weather permitting, on Friday, April 8th at Santa Maria Town Center West (at the south side of Fallas)). This is to become a weekly event through September, and weather permitting, through October.


From 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Downtown Fridays will feature a farmer’s market, live music, food booths, food trucks, arts and crafts, kids’ activities including a bounce house, novelty items, and a beer and wine tent. It will alternate English bands and Spanish bands each week, and have activities for residents of all ages.


The event is a partnership among the City and well-known local event organizer/promoter and radio personality Ed Carcarey and Sofia Lariz. The event is a direct result and outgrowth of the City’s Downtown Specific Plan, a strategy formulated and approved by City leaders to pump new life into Santa Maria’s downtown core.


Downtown Fridays will give the community more activities downtown, in addition to coming to the movies and to the Public Library. The added foot traffic will help businesses in the area and help downtown become the place people think about going for events and activities.


Overflow parking will be available at the parking structure at Town Center East by Macy's, with pedestrian access across the Broadway pedestrian bridge. Traffic patrol officers and the Downtown Trolley will assist event-goers crossing Broadway. Questions may be directed to Neda Zayer from the City of Santa Maria at or Ed Carcarey at or (805) 331-4744.



Department:                           City Manager’s Office

Contact Person:                     Mark van de Kamp, PIO/Management Analyst II

Telephone Number:                (805) 925-0951 ext. 2372, or 720-4038

E-mail Address:             

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