Broad Fest Returns to Westside September 1

By SARAH SHMERLING | Editor-in-Chief

On Sunday, September 1, from 2 to 7 p.m., Broad Fest will return to celebrate arts and culture in the heart of Santa Monica at The Broad Stage—established by Palisadian Dale Franzen.

“This free, all-ages festival features music and dancing, activities for kids and adults, plus sweets and food available for purchase,” a press release stated. “Start on the plaza, groove with a live DJ or make an art project, then explore the lobby, theaters and Music Hall for an array of performances and activities to pique your creative spirit and celebrate the arts in your community.”

This year’s fest will feature performances by DJ Anthony Valadez and Boogaloo Assassins, “serving up Latin funk inspired by Latin soul and salsa,” sponsored by Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl.

Other performances include She Sings She Swings, Viver Brasil, Elemental Music and Santa Monica College Music Department.

Workshops will include Family Dance Jam and Arthur Murray Dance Centers. A Hit + Run Live Screen Printing workshop will offer original T-shirt designs, reDiscover will “stir creativity through hands-on making with sustainable materials,” and Paint:Lab and Crayon Collection, founded by Palisadian Sheila Morovati, will be running art-making booths.

Food trucks will be serving up fresh fare, including Treats frozen yogurt and the Sunseeker Food Truck Collective, featuring Japanese Happy Food and Takuma’s Burger.

Admission is free, but for information and a full line-up, visit thebroadstage.org/broadfest.