Experiment Weekend on Lower State Street Set for April 19-20

The public is invited to come to downtown Santa Barbara to view a series of demonstration projects to “re-energize” the 300 to 500 blocks of State Street from 7 p.m. to midnight April 19 and from noon to 10 p.m. April 20.

Experiments include: expansive outdoor dining areas, interactive art installations and featured pop-ups from local start-up companies.  

The event is an opportunity for the community to learn and experience a new design for one weekend, organizers said. Public comment is sought. 

On April 19, the Arts Fund will present interactive light art installations in the evening.  

South Coast entrepreneurs will fill vacant spaces on State Street for one month selling hand-crafted items. The public can learn about local startup companies. 

Some of the businesses involved in the weekend activities include: Roots Footwear Huarache Sandals handmade on-site; Lil’ Stompers Children’s Shoes; Catherine Gee Women’s Clothing and Fashion; Colibri Handmade Bags & Acessories from Latin America; Qashi Handmade Chumash Abalone & Pearl Jewelry; Pedego Electric Bikes; Luna Sandals for hiking and running; and Luche Leash Co., a modern leash for a modern dog. 

Friends and family can enjoy dinner at a downtown restaurant and then ride the electric shuttle for free to the Highway 101 Underpass to see the lights and hear music by Party Proper Productions. 

Starting at noon April 20 on the 400 and 500 blocks of State Street, the public can again enjoy music, art activities and food from downtown restaurants under a canopy of trees where a pedestrian promenade will be created for the day.  

Families can have fun painting large coloring-book walls and chalk drawing on State Street. Lighting installations will be featured in the evening hours. 

For more information, see https://www.santabarbaraca.gov/business/downtown/experiment_weekend.asp?fbclid=IwAR2HWcLr-W6NIeryGyuUiRIXpsnDANPB6QqguvVHmcKwJhvG-8Tf8eigT3Y 

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