Eight awesome things to look for at Open Streets Lake + Minnehaha

Join us this Sunday July 22 for Open Streets Lake + Minnehaha! 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 Lake + Minnehaha Facebook page or the event webpage for more details. Here are the things that I am most excited to see at Open Streets Lake + Minnehaha!

Midtown Zone:

Location: Lake St & 14th Ave S

Check out the Midtown Festival at the Midtown Zone! There will be local music, resource information, and children’s activities. There will also be three food trucks: Woodearth Woodfired Mobile Pizza, Papi Fresco, and Sandy’s Grill & Italian Ice. Check it out if you are part of the Midtown community or if you are just wandering through!

Sierra Club - pop-up protected bikeway

Location: 22nd & Lake St

Photo by Kevin Schuttinger

Ride through the Sierra Club’s pop-up protected bikeway and learn about the benefits of safe transit spaces for bicyclists.

All Square Restaurant Preview Day

Location: 4047 Minnehaha

Photo via All Square

All Square is having a preview day during Open Streets Lake + Minnehaha starting at 11 am! They will have Shape Shift, a hip hop dance group, performing. The restaurant features everyone’s favorite: grilled cheese and tomato soup and french fries. All Square is a non-profit that focuses on civil rights and ensuring formerly incarcerated individuals have health, wealth, and social capital. Civil rights and grilled cheese, I can’t think of a better place to dine!

Artisan Market

Location: Minnehaha & E 34th St

This year all Open Streets Minneapolis events will feature a artisan market full of awesome Minneapolis artists and businesses selling their products. Find the artisan market at Minnehaha and E 34th St and check out the local Lyndale neighborhood artists! Find jewelry, custom bikes, beauty items, handmade clothings, and more!

Minneapolis Bike Parks

Location: Minnehaha between 35th & 36th

Photo via Minneapolis Bike Parks

Minneapolis bike parks will have a small skills course set up for folks to try riding over and around bike park features in a comfortable environment. If you are looking for a way to jump into off-road biking, check out Minneapolis Bike Parks at Open Streets! You can also sign up for a mini session through Bike Parks and Midwest Dirt Legion to learn a few trail and mountain biking skills. Click here to sign up!

Pet Zone

Location: Minnehaha between 46th St & Nawadaha Blvd

Photo by Paul Jahn

Look for the Pet Zone between 46th St and Nawadaha Blvd. You can find small, pet-related businesses, pet rescues and pet lovers of all kinds! If you are looking to find some free dog treats, a new cat toy, or even just some pets to pet, the pet zone is right for you!

Make on Lake: Animation Station

Location: Lake St & 16th Ave

Photo via Make on Lake

Make on Lake & Sloppy Films Animation Station will be creating a stop-motion animation about Open Streets Lake + Minnehaha and Lake Street. Check out this portable stop-motion animation studio and participate in the project!

Our Streets Minneapolis

Location: Lake st & Minnehaha Ave

Learn about Our Streets Minneapolis, the organization that puts together Open Streets Minneapolis events. Check out our advocacy focus for this year: winter sidewalk maintenance. We will be chatting with folks about why clearing sidewalks throughout the winter matters--so much we’re talking about it through the summer!

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