Santa Maria’s popular Downtown Fridays will kick off its second year on Friday, March 31st with a Farmers Market full of fresh tasty produce, rows of food vendors, and live music from local bands. This season will bring new and expanded attractions, too.
This family-friendly event for Santa Maria’s downtown will occur every Friday from 5:00 p.m. to sunset at the Town Center West parking lot, all the way to September 29th, weather permitting. Admission and parking are free. Live music will include both Spanish and English entertainment.
The event is a result of the City’s “Downtown Plan” which focuses on ways to help draw in more visitors to the downtown area. Downtown Fridays was started not only to give residents and visitors something to do, but also to benefit nearby businesses.
Downtown Fridays quickly proved to be a great success in launch last year, attracting over 2,000 people every week and made a positive impact by generating more customers for nearby businesses.
While keeping popular features, organizers this year also added new ones. During the summer, hours will last until 9:00 p.m. Once a month, the beer and wine tent will feature local breweries and wineries. There is an option to have private parties for businesses or organizations, with tents near the stage.
Overflow parking will be available at the nearby 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.
The community event is a partnership among the City of Santa Maria and local event promoters Ed Carcarey and Sofia Lariz. Questions may be directed to Neda Zayer from the City at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ed Carcarey at email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org