Open Streets 704 is a one day event that happens twice a year in Charlotte.
Open Streets Festivals have been taking place in over 100 cities across North America, and Charlotte has held several Open Streets events.
What’s an Open Streets festival? It’s a special event during which streets are closed to automobile traffic and filled with everything from recreation and health activities to entertainment and environmental activities. They’re generally held on a Sunday, when traffic is at its lowest.
The next Open Streets 704 takes place on Sunday, September 15th, 2019, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. This time the route will hit West End, Wesley Heights, Uptown, Wilmore, South End, Dilworth and everything in between!
The activities along the four-mile route will be free, and there will be plenty of entertainment as well.
Scroll down to see a sample of some of the activities along the route, as well as a map.
Free bicycle rentals will be available:
- B-Cycle bike rentals: B-Cycle has provided free bicycle rentals at each hub for those that don’t have their two wheelers with them.
- TFKids Kids bicycle rentals: For families needing smaller bikes, Trips For Kids has been len ding some of their children’s fleet.
There will again be four zones, each with a different focus:
- Arts and Science: Opportunities abound to explore your creative side. Musical performances, artist demonstrations, interactive maker spaces, and dance ensembles of all ages will engage with Open Street 704.
- Family Zone: Fun for the whole family! From bean bag toss to a pop up dog park.
- Green Zone:Be prepared to learn about the nature all around you, plants and trees in your community, or lend a helping hand in the garden, and find out about local wildlife
- Wellness Zone:Explore a fitter, healthier version of you! Cooking demonstrations, yoga classes, Zumba, and healthy heart initiatives will fill this zone with fun
Here is some of what you can find along the route:
Family Zone (yellow):
- Mini self defense course and board breaking from Winners for Life Martial Arts
- Station e-bikes from Trek of CLT
- Games for the family from Savvy + Co.
- Clay activity from KidCreate Studio
- Robotics and LEGO bridge building challenges from Digi-Bridge
- Dance performances from CLT En Español
- Sorting game from City of Charlotte Solid Waste
- Pine tree necklace from TreesCharlotte
- Bullseye game from The First Tee of Greater Charlotte
- Chance to win a prize from Keller Williams Realty
- Child Id from New York Life
- Finger painting with Civil Gatherings
Wellness Zone (blue):
- Mobile blood drive from OneBlood
- Water and water-related swag from Charlotte Water Truck
- Cornhole with Sustain Charlotte
- Fitness challenges with Camp Gladiator
- Capoeira (Afro-Brazilian martial art) with Capoeira Angola Qunital
- Boxing basics with Rockbox Fitness
- Help create a design for Polk Park with Amplify Charlotte
- Chair massages and zumba dancing with I Imagine Fitness & Wellness
- Massage mobile, wellness bags and games with BAYADA Home Health Care
Arts and Science Zone (red):
- Singers, dancers, slam poets and hip-hop fitness from NoDa @28th Creative Arts Studio
- Large, unique piece of art by artist Anthony Lister
- Interactive chalk wall
- Photo exhibit
- Collaborative puzzle from R Creative Collective
- Kizomba partner dancing from Kizomba Algerian Dance Company
- Light-up safety band from VisionZero and City of Charlotte
- Free accent nail polish from Fun & Easy Nail Polish
- Free temporary henna tattoos
- Afro-Russe dance with Ebb & Flow Movement Studio
- Old time piano with Ethan Uslan
- Make something new from discarded materials with The Green Assistant