circle_nicolletMajor Sponsors: The Center for Prevention at Blue Cross Blue Shield and City of Minneapolis Government.

Neighborhood Sponsors: Driftwood Char Bar, Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Park, Pat’s Tap, and Nicollet Ace Hardware.

Street Sponsors: Five Watt Coffee, Dunn & Semington PrintingKyatchiHola Arepa, and the Hosmer Library World Music Series.

Block Sponsors: Alem ChiropracticGerhard’s Brats (MN Bratwerks, LLC), and The Aliveness Project.

Mini Sponsors: Sonny’s Ice CreamTRU PIZZA, Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School, Nicollet East Harriet Business Association (NEHBA), Solomon’s Porch, Showroom,Butter Bakery Cafe, BANGbang, InnerCity Tennis, State Farm Insurance – Tom Kilton, Blaisdell YMCA, Tracee Robinson Real Estate Company, PCC Carpet and Upholstery.

Nicollet Open Streets is organized by the Lyndale Neighborhood Association (LNA) and Kingfield Neighborhood Association working in partnership with the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition.  If you enjoy events like this please ‘Like’ your nonprofit neighborhood association’s Facebook page to stay in touch!

IMG_6350 The Lowbrow, 4244 Nicollet!

IMG_6354Visit 40th & Nicollet during Nicollet Open Streets  and be sure to Tweet you were there!

circle_nicolletRemember, to know what is happening on the entire avenue visit the online map here

Beginning at 42nd Street, Curran’s will be providing pulled pork and sweet potato fries, and beer in their front yard on Nicollet and down the street at Four Gates you can work off that lunch with kettle balls and hula hoops from noon to 2:30! Or take a break from the action and get directions and schedules for the day’s event at the Odds and Ends Streetside Reading Room.

The reading room contains the KFNA Info Station and also a literary corner, which highlights local authors reading from their books, a word-focused button making project, and a Little Free Library book collection and giveaway.  At the info Station, KFNA will also be conducting a uber-local scavenger hunt and completed entries will be entered into a drawing for a free Little Free Library to call your very own; funds raised from this project will go towards buying permits for local Little Libraries that aren’t registered yet.  As an added bonus, the founder of the nonprofit Little Free Library, Tod Bol, will be at Nicollet Open Streets from noon-1!

Authors Line-up Includes:

  • 12:00     Todd Bol and Margret Aldrich: Do you love Little Free Libraries? Todd Bol is the creator and executive director of Little Free Library, the nonprofit based in Hudson, Wisconsin. Kingfielder Margret Aldrich is the author of the upcoming Little Free Library Book, available April 2015 from Coffee House Press.
  • 1:00         Erin Soderberg: Local children’s book author of several popular chapter-book series, including The Quirks and the forthcoming Puppy Pirates.
  • 2:00         Sabra Waldfogel: Her first book, Slave and Sister, was published earlier this year. It is the story of a Jewish woman and her slave half-sister who are transformed by the Civil War—from mistress and slave to true sisters.
  • 3:00         Douglas Owens-Pike: A landscape expert and author of Beautifully Sustainable, a quick reference guide for beginners and pros on best practices for ecological gardening—filled with useful tips, ideas, planning lists, and professional insights.
  • 4:00         Jay Walljasper: Award-winning writer and community thinker Jay Walljasper gathers insights from around the world that point us toward a more sustainable and enjoyable future. Author of All That We Share: A Field Guide to the Commons and The Great Neighborhood Book, Walljasper also serves as the editor of

Just across the street, The Lowbrow will be celebrating “Where Beer Comes From”, a public art instillation by local designers Jonathan Schuster and Meredith Stuart.  Come enjoy a beer brat and a cold pint with your ice-cream sandwich and pick up a cool new tee shirt to show the neighborhood your support both public art and beer!

When you are done at The Lowbrow, stroll south to the Colorwheel Gypsy Bazaar where you will find face painting, henna tatoos, and of course: handthrow pottery, handknit goods, handmade art, and a bizarre collection of bazaar items for sale!  In true Colorwheel style, artist and owner Tammy Ortegon will have an eclectic mix of artwork and artists sharing her space on the street.

Also at this corner Fun Sister and Restyle are partnering on putting on public fashion shows down the avenue at 1, 2, and 3 PM. Grab a chair along the runway and see if you spot a neighbor modeling or if you get inspired to try a new style!  Shows run for 15 minutes each.

In this spirit of cooperation and teamwork, the new kid on the block, Bull Run, will be serving up coffee and our very own Kingfield ice-cream flavors designed and made by our own Sebastian Joe’s: The Flavor Formerly Know as Nicollet Pothole” and their newest “Open Streets Cycle-delic”! Grab and cup of joe and a scoop of Joe’s before moving out to hear the mini-rock festival at Roadrunner Records who is offering a full line-up of live music including:

Healthfair 11’s Q-munity Vehicle will be across the street.  Stop in and pick up some healthy-living tips and get a check-up!  then visit the extended FrameUps Handmade Market as well as the extended Kingfield Farmers Market.  Each will feature many of the same great vendors you see each week, but extra special events are also being added including:

  • Bike checkups with Tangletown Bike Shop, 10am – 2pm
  • Bike decorating, 11am – 4pm
  • Veggie tasting, 12pm – 4pm
  • Sampling fresh, local veggies from the market
  • Market button making & tattoos, 1:00pm – 4:30pm
  • Cookie decorating with Sun Street Breads

At the intersection of 44th and Nicollet, MPLS Taps will have free water flowing, and Leonardo’s Basement will have the bikes rolling, up and down, and up again over their own handmade bike ramps.  Come try them out!

Then learn about solar opportunities and benefits from both Applied Energy Innovations, and MN Community Solar.  Two Kingfield neighbors that just installed solar arrays will be on hand to talk to folks about their projects plus the Tiny Solar House will be open for touring.

Car2Go will also be there to talk about their car-sharing network and the Nicollet East Harriet Business Association would love to chat with Minneapolis neighbors about the great amenities our businesses provide educate folks about the issues facing local businesses and how you can help.  In particular they will be discussing “Vote Yes” on 2 in November to move 70 of your favorite neighborhood restaurants from the Charter and into the Ordinance so they can participate in the newly written, soon to be approved, regulations on Minneapolis restaurants.

Down the road in front of Driftwoods the music will also be flowing all day, along with the beer!  The grill will be cooking salmon and burgers and the band line-up is as follows:

At 45th and Nicollet you will find the new home of Corner Table, anchoring the end of the event with a good old-fashioned pig roast!  Grab a pint and a pork leg and enjoy the stage across the street, which features the talented congregants of Solomon’s Porch.  Poets, storytellers, and authors take the stage from noon to 2 PM and folk music by Ben and Heatherlyn will fill the air from 2-5 PM.  Yoga Sanctuary will have a session of fun and interactive yoga in the street from 2-3 PM.

Remember, schedules are subject to change so be sure to load the online map on your smart phone!


circle_nicolletRemember, to know what is happening on the entire avenue visit the online map here

Healthy activities abound at the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park! InnerCity Tennis will be running their kid’s agility program in the street outside the park. Stop by and partake in the fun and learn about their weekly free Saturday Tennis Program for youth of all skill-levels right here in the bubble in MLK Park! At the Mosaic Garden plaza, just north of the building, a number of movement artists whose common connection is that they hold classes in Kingfield’s Center for Performing Arts will be holding drop-in classes and demos including:

  • 12:00  Zumba Party with Darryl Sellers
  • 12:30  T’ai Chi with Blue Dragon T’ai Chi
  • 1:00  Instrument Making with Diedrich Weiss  – Mini Guitar lessons and Jam session
  • 2:00  Nia with Beth Giles – Dance fitness with power and healing
  • 2:30  Zumba Party with Darryl Sellers
  • 3:00 T’ai Chi with Blue Dragon T’ai Chi
  • 3:30 Instrument Making with Twin Cities Music Therapy
  • 4:30 Nia with Beth Giles – Dance fitness with power and healing

The park area south of the building will feature, in part:

  • 12-2 & 3-5 Archery in the Park, a new MLK Park program!
  • 12-3 Crafts In the Park led by Park Staff
  • 12:00-5:00 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park Legacy Council Info Table
  • 3:00-5:00 Bobby & Steve’s Youth Foundation Table

The Children’s Stage at MLK Park feature:

  • 3:00-3:45 Teddy Bear Band (featuring the dancing Panda)
  • 3:45-4:00 Story Time (providingFree books to all participants sponsored by Bobby & Steve’s)
  •  4:00-5:00 The Resistors

Also pause while you are at the park to enjoy the enhanced Beloved Community Space, recently revamped and revealed by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Park Jr. Legacy Council. You can read more about the new space, this project, and the Council in the most recent edition of The Southwest Journal in an article titled More Than a Name.

circle_nicolletRemember, to know what is happening on the entire avenue, visit the constantly updated online map here!

Starting at 36th Street you can say “thank you” to our primary event sponsor, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and learn about ways to stay healthy and active every day of the year (not just at Open Streets events!) Also on that block you can visit Recovery Bikes, who mixes old and new parts, to build a reasonably priced bike of your dreams while helping the environment. Staying with the environmental focus, on the 3600 block is also Minneapolis Solid Waste and Recycling and the Hennepin County Oasis parklet—stop by with your recycling and composting questions! Creative Minneapolis will also be there launching their new campaign engage community, diversity & culture around arts and economy with games and surveys.

At 37th Street, Butter Bakery Café anchors the north end of the block with a stage of spoken word and community poetry facilitated by Pierce the Liver and Word Sprouts. A Lion Dance will also be performed there at 1 PM by Hui’s Lucky Lion Dance Team and Green Dragon Kung Fu Association who practice out of the Center for Performing Arts. Quality Coaches is hosting a mini-car museum, for all you classic car buffs and the Center for Natural Healing will be on the street talking about holistic care of yourself. The Salvation Army will be offering fun games with prizes for all ages.

For grab-and-go food at 38th and Nicollet, Cinco de Mayo will be selling fresh fruit and Mexican corn on the cob and Finer Meats will be offering grilled hot dogs and ribs. If you want to sit and eat in one of the many beer gardens at the corner, Kyatchi and Blackbird Café are where you will want to head to; both are offering food and drinks out on the street so you can sit and fully enjoy the music from the Five Watts Stage.

Five Watts has put together a great band line-up featuring many local musicians including:

  • 12PM The Ericksons
  • 1PM Ben Glaros
  • 2PM Pete Lochner and guest
  • 3PM Nick Hensley and Shane Akers and Guests
  • 4PM Jeff Ray and Nick Salisbury

You can enjoy the music with a whole new look provided by BANGbang, who will offering hair chalk for the fashion-minded!

On the 3800 block, besides Blackbird Café’s Beer Garden, you can visit their always funky staff rummage sale, play a round or two of dollar Bingo with The Aliveness Project, and pet an exotic creature at the Nicollet Ace Hardware petting zoo. Rumor is that both a camel and a kangaroo will be there! You can leave your bike in their bike corral and enjoy either a pony or a grown-up horse ride too! The Tru Pizza truck will parked nearby as well; try out the newest Kingfield resident-owned taste experience!

On 39th Street itself, you will find the MN Bicycle Alliance providing a bike rodeo styled skill course. Bathrooms and fresh water are right near-by, if needed after all this fun, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons). Tours will be offered of their building as well. You can also visit the Smash Car at Mulroy’s Body Shop, an example of what texting while driving can do, and visit with the folks from HourCar, our very own Kingfield-based car sharing team with a hub right on Nicollet Avenue! Stop by and meet members of Pilgrim Church and School who will be giving out backpacks to children and don’t forget to visit the newest piece of public art on the avenue in front of Elwood Automotive!

Check back later for an update of activities south of 40th Street! Questions? Direct them to

circle_nicolletTo help get everyone excited for Nicollet Open Streets we’re going to highlight what’s happening for each stretch of Nicollet between now and Sunday.

Begin your day at the northern end of Nicollet at Lake Street!  From Lake to 33rd Street, we will have the Hosmer World Music Stage, where Carlos Lumbi, Axolotl, and Corpse Revive will be playing along with a special performance of Somali music and dance organized by the Somali Museum.

As we move south The MPD will have the mounted police, squad cars, and bike cops out. Metro Transit will be helping people learn how to ride the bus with a bike, along with Minneapolis Market, and Xcel. As you walk down the street make sure to stop by and learn about the Hosmer Library, Somali Museum, try a brat from Gerhard’s Brats and stop by one of the half dozen or so business that are having special Nicollet Open Streets sales that day.

There’s something for everyone as we travel south of 33rd street. If you’re looking for fun family activities we’ve got the Blaisdell YMCA and Youth Farm. Want to learn about all of the exciting things happening with biking in Minneapolis, chat with the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition, Nice Ride, and Free Bikes for Kidz.

If you’re looking for great deals stop by Corporate Incentives for an unbelievably unique sale, want to win something check out State Farm, if you’re looking for locally designed clothes chat with the folks at Showroom.

If you just want to have fun come to the 3500 block, Pat’s Tap and Hola Arepa have a ton of things going on including DJs, food, drinks, ping pong, and possibly a giant 40 foot inflatable obstacle course. At the Lyndale Community Center they’ll have answers to all your questions, their famous ring toss game, and a chance to win the wine raffle of your dreams. And, shameless plug warning to support a fellow neighborhood association (LNA) who does a lot of good in the community, a chance to buy tickets to our Fall Fundraiser that features a wine tasting by Lake Wine and Spirits!

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