Nicollet Open Streets returns on Sunday, September 18th: from Kmart to 46th Street, between 11 AM and 5 PM. It’s a celebration for our street, with activities, music, food, and more! So put on your walking shoes—the street will be closed to motorized transportation—and see what’s great about our neighborhoods from a different perspective.
Now organized by a three-neighborhood partnership of Kingfield, Lyndale, and Whittier, Nicollet Open Streets has grown into our largest annual festival. Last year this event brought out over 100 businesses and nonprofit organizations and more than 11,500 people. To get ready for this year, KFNA, LNA, and the Whittier Alliance have been working for months with the Minneapolis Bike Coalition, as well as with local businesses and nonprofits, to bring the best of our neighborhoods to you. It really will be even bigger and better!
See the online MAP of all the activities!
Activities for the day will include physical and mental health stations by lots of great partners (Wellness Minneapolis, AARP, Blue Cross Blue Shield, The Aliveness Project, Isuroon, Yoga Sanctuary, and more); live music at a half-dozen stages organized by our partnering music sponsors (Five Watt Coffee, Butter Bakery Café with KFAI, Roadrunner Records, LOCUS Architecture, Driftwood Char Bar, Hola Arepa, and Ramen Kazama); numerous cultural performing arts groups (including Green Dragon Kung Fu with their traditional lion Dance, Mu Performing Arts with Taiko drumming, and the Aztec dancing of Acuarela Criolla e Internacional); plus, of course, great street food and drinks served up by our many fabulous restaurants. Be sure to visit the “Nicollet Open Streets 2016!” Facebook Event to see the full lineup of all the bands on all the stages, as well as all the special performances.
Also not to be missed: The petting zoo at Nicollet Ace Hardware, Kid Speed and a mini-course by InnerCity Tennis, a myriad of movement teachers and free classes brought to you by independent professionals who teach at the Center for Performing Arts, archery at MLK Park, the MG Museum curated by Quality Coaches, performances by the Theater of Public Policy, a touring Somali Museum, a climbing wall by Vertical Endeavors, and a Pop-up Park in the Kmart parking lot!
As we get ready for another Nicollet Open Streets, KFNA would like to give a special shout out to those local businesses that are taking it step further and have made donations of cash and in-kind support; their contributions help cover the cost of port-a-potties, promotions, and also support the months of work that KFNA, LNA, and the Whittier Alliance put into organizing the event. Our Event Sponsors have offered significant financial backing to make this event possible; Neighborhood Sponsors are contributing musical staging, bands, and hands-on activities. Be sure to tell these local businesses “thank you” when you visit them in the coming weeks, or when you see them at Nicollet Open Streets this Sunday!
Boy Scouts of America Northern Star Council
Driftwood Char Bar
Five Watt Coffee
Hennepin Elementary School
Iron Door Pub
Nicollet Ace Hardware