Nicollet Ace Hardware is sponsoring an exotic petting zoo and horse and pony rides during Nicollet Open Streets!  Ace Rewards customers can pick up one free VIP Pass per card if you stop in the store Friday or Saturday (no day-of-event passes!)  See details below!

Nicollet Hardware VIP Pass

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!

circle_nicolletNicollet Open Streets, Sunday September 14, Noon-5 PM

On Nicollet Avenue between Lake & 46th Street

On Facebook, KFNA and other participating organizations are updating the page daily with updates on band schedules, activities, food and drink specials, performances, and more! Scroll through and see what is happening…or view our online Activity Map which has new info added daily to make sure you don’t miss your favorite band or dance class during the Sunday Sept. 14, noon- 5 PM event! Just zoom in to see the details!

If you think there’s good stuff going on (which we do!) invite friends and neighbors to join you on Nicollet this Sunday!

September 22, 6-8 PM, at Solomon’s Porch, 100 West 46th Street

Homebasers, plan to join us Monday evening, September 22 at Solomon’s Porch, 100 West 46th Street, to mingle, market, and celebrate the success of one of our own, as well as to crack a champagne bottle against the side of the church for inaugural launching of a new Kingfield co-work space! Kingfield neighbor, Jason Montgomery, attended the first Kingfield Homebased event in January 2013, and he received such resounding support for his idea to build a pizza oven truck that he felt both inspired and supported in following his dream.

By July 2014, Tru Pizza was launched!

Come share a slice at this special Kingfield Homebased Event; cost for Kingfield folks is $10 per person and $15 for folks from adjoining neighborhoods. The link to register is on the left-hand side of the page at

You can also tour the Work Lounge, Solomon’s latest business venture to create a creative, casual, community work space to support local home based professionals! More info on Work Lounge can be found at


Joint fashion show with The Fun Sisters and Restyle Minneapolis next Sunday for Nicollet Open Streets!  To model for Fun Sisters call or email ( or 612.822.9872) anytime to set up an appointment for outfit selection and fitting; deadline for this is Friday Sept 12 at 7 PM.  $10 gift card from Fun Sisters awarded to all models!

Combine strength training, stretching and light aerobics in this fun class. Taught by certified group fitness instructor Nancy Fritz-Whalen.

4055 Nicollet Avenue S, Mondays at 10:15 am

From Sept 8 – December 15 (no class 9/22, 11/24)

Cost: $26 for 13 classes

This class is run by the Southwest Senior Center, which offers a number of other great fitness classes at their home location at 3612 Bryant Avenue South. For information on other classes contact Mary Ann Schoenberger at 612-822-3194.

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