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Open Streets

Open Streets is a four-hour Sunday event which closes Magnolia Avenue and other adjacent streets to traffic and opens them up to cyclists, food trucks, dog-walkers, skateboarders, yoga classes, face-painters and much more. The event is an expression of the Near Southside's community spirit in every way: local businesses set up activities along the route; neighborhood residents help spread the word about street closures and detours; and dozens of community partners take ownership of key planning details such as routes and activities, temporary public art projects, pet adoptions, bike safety courses, setting up and breaking down barricades on event day, and much more. Open Streets was presented by Near Southside, Inc. and the City of Fort Worth for the first time in 2011 and drew hundreds of participants. Since then, the event has grown to be one of the Near Southside's most beloved community events with attendance in the thousands and more than 120 community partners providing free activities.

Open Streets is a national movement with more than 90 documented initiatives in North America. Open streets events are increasingly common in cities seeking innovative ways to achieve environmental, social, economic, and public health goals by temporarily closing streets to automobile traffic, so that people may use them for walking, bicycling, dancing, playing, and socializing. 

 

WHAT IS OPEN STREETS?

Non-motorized rolling fun Bicycles, boards, roller skates & scooters

Healthy ways to get people moving Fitness, martial arts, yoga, pilates, obstacle courses, bike safety training, breakdancing, etc.

Environmental advocacy to ensure a healthy sustainable neighborhood

FREE family-friendly fun from more than 100 activity providers

Locally-made products Limited space is reserved for a market featuring handmade items by local artisans. Preference is given to Near Southside residents and business owners.

Open Streets is not solely about promotions, products or sales. It is not a market, music festival, beer bash or street fair.  

Open Streets is a community play-day dedicated to neighborly interaction, healthy activity, and complete streets awareness.  Learn more about complete streets here. 

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***2020 Near Southside Community Events Update***

Our team at NSI is carefully watching and weighing the concerns over outdoor events and the COVID-19 outbreak. Public event producers in Fort Worth owe all our partners and the public careful consideration of how the virus might affect public health as it relates to Open Streets and Friday on the Green, as well as other outdoor events.  

Our spring event season of Friday on the Green and Open Streets is currently ON PAUSE until we get further information and are able to decide what can be produced with the safety of our community as our first priority. We hope to have an update soon. Until that time, we appreciate your patience and partnership.  

The other community events hosted by private businesses that are listed on this event calendar are still being held, to the best of our knowleldge.  We strongly ecourage you to reach out to each business or event host, as listed within the event to ask them about their events.  Near Southside, Inc. only produces Friday on the Green, Open Streets, PARK(ing) Day and ArtsGoggle.  All other events promoted here are produced by our partners in the community and they are the primary contact for that event.

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DATE Sunday, May 17, 2020 - event date is subject to postponement or cancellation due to public health concerns related to COVID-19

 

REGISTRATION is not open at this time due to public health planning.  Please check back later for updates.  If the event is able to move forward, applications will open on this website at our events calendar.

 

TIME Noon to 4 PM

 

LOCATION Magnolia Avenue from Hemphill to 8th Avenue

 

COST Free to the public

 

PRODUCER Open Streets is presented by Near Southside, Inc. and Historic Southside, Inc. 

 

TAX INFORMATION

Historic Southside, Inc., managed by Near Southside, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Sponsorship contributions made to Historic Southside, Inc. are deductible as charitable donations. W-9 forms will be provided at your request.

Near Southside, Inc. is a private, member-funded, non-profit 501(c)(4) development company dedicated to the revitalization of Fort Worth’s Near Southside. NSI began as a small coalition of Near Southside businesses and community leaders and has grown dramatically over the last decade. We invite you to join us as we promote the redevelopment of Fort Worth’s Near Southside as a vibrant, urban, mixed-use neighborhood.

   

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITY

NSI is seeking sponsorship for the 2020 Open Streets. Open Streets event offers the opportunity for community-minded businesses and institutions to gain publicity through their support of an exciting neighborhood street festival that has garnered widespread attention by both the media and the public.  The event that has become a treasured component of life in the Near Southside. Terms and benefits of sponsorship are listed below.

 

FIRST RIGHT OF REFUSAL

All sponsors will receive a first right of refusal opportunity for 2021 Open Streets presented in January 2021.

 

CONTACT 

Megan Henderson Director of Events & Communications

Near Southside, Inc. 1606 Mistletoe Blvd. Fort Worth, Texas 76104

megan@nearsouthsidefw.org  | cell 817.966.1880