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Open Streets comes to West Broadway

Farrington Llewellyn, co-coordinator of the West Broadway Open Streets, won’t be the only pedestrian in the street come Sept. 10 when Open Streets comes to North Minneapolis. Photo courtesy of Farrington Llewellyn.

Farrington Llewellyn, co-coordinator of the West Broadway Open Streets, won’t be the only pedestrian in the street come Sept. 10 when Open Streets comes to North Minneapolis. Photo courtesy of Farrington Llewellyn.

West Broadway Avenue, the economic heart of North Minneapolis, will host its first ever Open Streets on Saturday, Sept. 10 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

img_1996Seventeen blocks of the corridor will go “car free” from Lyndale Avenue to Penn Avenue North for the free festival event. The only Open Streets event in North Minneapolis for 2016, the activities will showcase and celebrate the vast culture of the Northside businesses and community, music makers, artists, entrepreneurs and more.

“The neighborhood is typically neglected when it comes to things like this, so to be in the heart of the North Minneapolis economic community is amazing,” said Farrington Llewellyn, co-coordinator of the West Broadway Open Streets event. “Most Open Streets are about biking, but this one will focus on Northside pride.”

Several areas will be blocked off in the corridor and will feature live music and arts activities including music from MPLS, Antonio “Jazz” Jackson, and art from Juxtaposition Arts.

This Northside celebration is in tandem with the Third Annual Battle of the Badges barbecue competition between Minneapolis police and fire departments. In addition, the event features food from all West Broadway restaurants plus dozens of food trucks including Big
Brother Almighty BBQ, Soul 2 Go, Xstream Cuisine, MADD Mom’s Catering and more.

Festival goers will be able to create animation with the Sloppy Films portable studio and watch aerial performances from Uncaged. There will be a beer garden courtesy of Broadway Liquor Outlet. Other activities within the sectioned-off corridor include chair massages, yoga and free exercise classes.

Open Streets West Broadway is organized by the West Broadway Area and
Business Coalition in coordination with The Bike Coalition who coordinates Open Streets
citywide.

September 8, 2016
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