Join us this Saturday, September 15th for Open Streets West Broadway! Open Streets Minneapolis events are free events that temporarily close major thoroughfares to car traffic, opening them up for people walking, biking, rolling, and playing. Check out the Open Streets West Broadway Facebook page or the event webpage for more details. Here are some events that I’m especially excited to see at Open Streets West Broadway!
1. Radio Block and Freedom Square
Location: West Broadway Ave between Penn Ave & Logan Ave N
Do you like community radio? Stop by the Radio Block and Freedom Square--a collaboration with KMOJ, KBEM, MPR and various Twin Cities radio personalities--to support public broadcasting and local musical artists.
2. Great Northern Greenway
Location: West Broadway Ave between Logan Ave N & Newton Ave
Of course we couldn’t forget to mention the Great Northern Greenway! The Great Northern Greenway is a local eco-system that connects the northern half of Minneapolis, weaving together communities across the City. Visit with the Minneapolis Parks Foundation booth to learn more.
3. Afro-Brazilian Capoeira Association
Location: West Broadway Ave between Morgan Ave & Illion Ave N
Never heard of capoeira? You’re in for a treat! Experience live demonstrations of this mesmerizing Brazilian martial art and stick around to learn about the history behind it.
4. Sod-Facade-Dunk Block Party
Location: West Broadway Ave & Irving Ave N
Join Northside Greenway Now, a group advocating for a north/south greenway in North Minneapolis, for a block party! There will be all-day entertainment, free pizza, artists, games, and even a dunk tank! Don’t miss it!
5. Creative Kids Zone
Location: West Broadway Ave between Prestige Products & Freemont Ave N
For children-centered programming, head over to the Creative Kids Zone- featuring education-focused organizations as well as fun activities for the whole family!
6. Juxtaposition Arts
Location: West Broadway & Emerson Ave N
In the JXTA block of the event, between Fremont and Emerson Ave, come learn about a project to create North Minneapolis’s first skate-able art plaza! This space is being designed by Juxtaposition Arts, a nonprofit youth art education program and cultural development center. To find out more about the project, visit its Kickstarter campaign website.
7. West Broadway Business and Area Coalition
Location: West Broadway Ave & Dupont Ave S
Come learn about the West Broadway Business and Area Coalition, the local host organization of Open Streets West Broadway!
8. North MPLS Biz Block
Location: West Broadway Ave between Emerson Ave & Bryant Ave N
Buy local! At the North Minneapolis Business Block, you’ll find artisanal crafts, fashion and jewelry, food vendors, pet accessories, and everything in between! Several organizations aimed at helping small businesses grow will also be in attendance.
Open Streets West Broadway is hosted locally by the West Broadway Business and Area Coalition.
Open Streets Minneapolis is a City of Minneapolis event, hosted by Our Streets Minneapolis and presented by the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.
Open Streets West Broadway is sponsored by Metro Transit, Minneapolis Telecommunications Network, AT&T, AARP Twin Cities, All Energy Solar, CenterPoint Energy, Hennepin Healthcare, Juxtaposition Arts, McDonald's West Broadway, NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center, US Bank, Xcel Energy, and Youth Farm Northside.