Open Streets Downtown takes place Sunday

It’s the second Open Streets event of 2017

Map of Downtown Minneapolis Open Streets
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Open Streets Downtown returns for its third year this Sunday along First and Washington avenues in downtown Minneapolis—an opportunity for people to enjoy the streets in a car-free environment.

The event will be held along First Avenue from Eighth Street North to Washington Avenue North; and then along Washington Avenue to Eighth Avenue North from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The area will be closed to motorized traffic.

Open Streets provides fun, family-friendly activities hosted by local businesses and event partners. It’s a chance to explore the streets with a new perspective on bicycle, foot, wheelchair, skateboard or roller skates.

Upcoming Open Streets Minneapolis events include East Lake/Minnehaha (Sunday, July 23), Northeast (Sunday, Aug. 6), East Franklin Avenue (Sunday, Aug. 27), West Broadway (Saturday, Sept. 9) and Nicollet Avenue (Sunday, Sept. 24).

Since 2011 when the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition hosted the first Open Streets event on a two-mile stretch of Lyndale Avenue South, the initiative has grown considerably, drawing 81,000 people to eight events in 2016.

Open Streets Minneapolis is hosted by the City of Minneapolis and is organized by Our Streets Minneapolis, formerly the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition. For more information on this year’s events, visit the Open Streets Minneapolis website at

Check out some highlights from Open Streets on Lyndale from June 4: