Seven exciting stops at Open Streets UMN + Motley 2019

Join us this Sunday September 8th for Open Streets UMN + Motley! 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 UMN + Motley Facebook page or the event webpage for more details. Here are the things that I am most excited to see at Open Streets UMN + Motley!

1. Sidewalk Plant Lab

SE Oak St and Beacon St SE 

Sidewalk plant lab set up

The Sidewalk Plant Lab launched the summer of 2019, and it is a mobile environmental education & citizen science station that encourages people to see, name, and appreciate urban plants. It empowers people as scientists & explorers and engages them with activities. Stop by and become a botanist!

2. Open Feasts

Location: University Ave SE between 14th Ave SE and 15th Ave SE

Open feasts logo and folks enjoying their tent

Open Feasts is an event series collaboratively hosted by organizations across the MN food system to generate awareness about the issue of wasted food and inspire change in our community. Partners from government, nonprofit, education, and for-profit entities come together to put a spotlight on an issue that touches every part of our food system, from the farm all the way to the waste stream. Along with serving free food, they will provide educational activities and resources related to the issue of wasted food. 

3. foodiker and the Green Neighbor Challenge 

Location: University Ave SE and SE Oak St

Tents along Open Streets UMN + Motley

foodiker and the Green Neighbor Challenge both work to engage the public on sustainability through food and energy choices. The two groups build their engagement through increasing consumer knowledge and easily accessible data.

foodiker is an online platform for people to access environmental and health data about recipes in order to make informed decisions about what they eat. 

The Green Neighbor Challenge is a social media campaign and web-based lookup tool designed to facilitate the mass adoption of clean energy. They will be presenting to UMN startups and doing some user acceptance testing at Open Streets UMN + Motley. 

4. Music in Minnesota

SE Oak St and Beacon St SE 

Music in Minnesota tent at Open Streets, person singing and playing the guitar up front

Music In Minnesota is your #1 source for music news, concert reviews, and events in Minneapolis and beyond—a place to discover fresh local artists and also stay in touch with the national acts you know so well. Music In Minnesota provides high quality content for performing artists, while simultaneously offering talented photographers, writers, and music lovers in our community opportunities to strengthen their craft through hands-on photojournalism. Stop by for a chance to win great prizes!

5. Minneapolis Television Network

SE Oak St and Beacon St SE 

folks from MTN recording on the streets

MTN is a non-profit organization with facilities located in Northeast Minneapolis, on 18th and Central, in the Thorp Building. They have numerous production studios, a community stage, editing and archive stations, and space for classes and meetings of up to 200 people at any given time. Minneapolis Television Network will live stream Open Streets UMN + Motley. During their live stream, they'll engage attendees to share their creative messages with the rest of the city. 

6. DJ Jim Frick & Friends!

Location: 14th Ave SE and University Ave SE

folks dancing on the street during open streets

Longtime NE resident DJ Jim Frick (brain behind such parties like DOG POUND and FRIED) puts together an all-star squad showcasing some of Minneapolis’ most talented DJs. This time, they are bringing the dance floor to the streets!

7. Our Streets Minneapolis

Location: SE Oak St and University Ave SE

folks at Our Streets Tent during Open Streets

It's us! Come learn about Our Streets Minneapolis, the organization that hosts the Open Streets Minneapolis events. Talk to staff and volunteers about our advocacy campaign for better winter sidewalk maintenance, vote on your preferred bike lane design, and pick up some free bike pins, spoke cards, and more!

We'll also be taking photos for our #WeWalkMpls project in partnership with the City of Minneapolis. Have your photo take for a chance to win prizes like a glass water bottle or gift certificate to the Seward Co-op. 


Open Streets University of Minnesota + Motley is presented by Motley.

Open Streets Minneapolis is a City of Minneapolis event hosted by Our Streets Minneapolis.

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