Summer Starts NOW! Santa Monica’s 3rd St. Promenade Rocks Summer Fun with #FREE Events!

I got this blast yesterday. I could not help myself because finally it’s warm and sunny here in Los Angeles! What better way to celebrate and truly dig into the best of summer than to take advantage of fun — and free- events around the greater LA areas!

The 2015 Summer Slate of Free Events at Third Street Promenade in Downtown Santa Monica

Willy Wonka Screening & Golden Ticket Giveaways at Cinema on the Street, July 17
Local Businesses Dunk Their Bosses at Picnic on the Promenade, July 31
KCRW DJs Bring the Funk for the 2nd Annual Sonic Submarine, Aug. 22

Special Events!
July 10: Street Performer Showcase
July 17: Fix It Clinic by the Santa Monica Bike Center
July 24: Rower Challenge presented by Orangetheory Fitness
July 31: Dunk The Boss featuring a dunk tank (proceeds to Heal the Bay)
Aug 21: Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra

Picnic on the Promenade


Fridays, July 10 — August 21 12 p.m. — 3 p.m.
1300 block Third Street Promenade (Between Arizona and Santa Monica Blvd)

Escape from the cubicle and enjoy lunch at Downtown Santa Monica’s Picnic on the Promenade. This annual summer series eases locals and Promenade walkers into the weekend every Friday afternoon with live music, classic board games, interactive challenges, and free services from Downtown merchants. Bring a lunch or grab-and-go from one of Downtown’s award-winning eateries and soak in the sun.


Cinema on the Street
Friday, July 17 8 p.m.
1400 block Third Street Promenade (just north of Broadway)


Downtown’s outdoor movie series Cinema on the Street returns with a screening of the movie musical Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, starring the zany and always entertaining Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka. Sing along with Oompa Loompas and savor delicious Belgian chocolate bars from KC Chocolatier.

The 2015 Summer Slate of Free Events at Third Street Promenade in Downtown Santa Monica

July 17— Willy Wonka Screening & Golden Ticket Giveaways at Cinema on the Street,

Sonic Submarine


Saturday, August 22 6 p.m. — 11 p.m.
1300 block Third Street Promenade (Between Arizona and Santa Monica Boulevard)


Downtown’s signature electronic music festival Sonic Submarine returns for its second voyage into the funky depths of sound. Rockstar KCRW DJs Garth Trinidad, Raul Campos, and Travis Holcombe will dive deep into their vinyl crates for eclectic sets hpur-long sets. Sonic Submarine pays homage to the Promenade’s roots as a street performer’s paradise where dancing in the streets is an everyday occurrence. Join in on the disco as the sun dips and disappears into the Pacific.


A few fortunate moviegoers will unwrap Golden Tickets and win free gifts from the gourmet chocolate company.
Installations include an interactive photo-booth and a chance to win VIP seating in an outdoor viewing lounge styled by West Elm.


There is so much more going on at the 3rd Street Promenade but this should put a little sizzle into your week!

About Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. (DTSM, Inc.)


Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. is a private non-profit 501c(3) that works with the City of Santa Monica to manage services and operations in Downtown Santa Monica that promote economic stability, growth and community life within Downtown Santa Monica. DTSM, Inc. manages the Property-based Business Assessment District (PBAD) that encompasses the area bounded by Ocean Avenue (W), Wilshire Boulevard (N), 7th Court (E) and the Santa Monica Freeway (S).
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