Any group is free to participate in Open Streets Minneapolis if they are actively moving by biking, walking, skateboarding, etc. within the travel lanes. Businesses along the route can opt to have their own programming on their properties.
All are encouraged to work closely with the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition to ensure a safe, friendly and well-coordinated environment during the event.
- The Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition / Open Streets Mpls requests at least 5 weeks notice before the event date regarding potential sponsorship / programming.
- Confirmed programmers and tablers are responsible for providing all equipment required (including tables, chairs, tents, finding access to a power source if required, etc.).
- The Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition / Open Streets Mpls will direct all confirmed programmers to a designated location on the street (a business already located on the street will be able to use the street space adjacent to the business location).
- Food trucks interested in participating should contact the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition / Open Streets Mpls.
Open Streets Mpls is a smoke-free event, so we do not allow any programs that promote the use of or include tobacco products.
Alcohol is not permitted at any Open Streets Mpls event. Businesses along the corridor may apply for separate licensing to serve alcohol (e.g., a beer garden) on private property.
- The City of Minneapolis Green To Go Ordinance requires food and beverages prepared for immediate consumption and to-go must be placed in environmentally acceptable packaging. Recyclable materials must be recycled. Compostable plastics must be composted. The ordinance went into effect on April 22, 2015 (Earth Day). Informational handouts describing the requirements of the of the Environmentally Acceptable Packaging Ordinance are available in English: Green To Go Flyer, Spanish: Ordenanza para Envases Ambientalmente Aceptables, Hmong: Siv Cov Ntim Khoom Kom Zoo Rau Tej Chaw Puag Ncig, Somali: Xeerka Konteenarada Deegaan-Ahaan La-Aqabli Karo, and Chinese/环保包装条例.
- On the day of the event, you may begin setting up at any time before advertised event start time. Generally, it will be fine for you to begin setting up in the grassy boulevard or the parking lane (on the street against the curb) before the event start time.
The street will be closed to motorized traffic (cars, trucks, etc.) from precisely the advertised start time to precisely the advertised end time. You may bring your equipment by car/truck, but please be sure to have your motorized vehicle off the event street(s) before the event start time. You will not be allowed on on the event street(s) with your motorized vehicle again until after the event ends.
- You must have all of your equipment off the street by the event end time (it is encouraged to start tearing down at least a half hour before the end of the event; you may use the boulevard behind the curb for your equipment).
- Sidewalks must be kept free and clear during the event, and remain passable before and after the event.
- Our city permit states that we are required to have one clear lane (14 feet) at all times during the event. When setting up, please allow space for participants to move around your activity and not interfere with the clear lane requirement.
- If you are using a tent, it may not be larger than 10 feet wide (acceptable sizes include 10 feet x 10 feet or 10 feet x 20 feet, as long as the tent does not extend more than 10 feet into the street from the curb). Please plan to not use more than 20 feet of width for your entire programming activity. Use of a tent and / or fire for cooking may require a permit.
If you are selling anything, serving food or are using amplified sound, you must have a permit. City-issued permits for Open Streets Minneapolis are subject to revocation if the guidelines are not adhered to. Here are the guidelines.
- After clearing your activity with us and making the payment, we will guide you through the food, amplified sound, merchandise and tent / operational (fire) permitting process, if applicable. You must coordinate with the event coordinator and have submitted your permits on time or you will not be allowed to have a tent / fire, sell anything, serve food or broadcast amplified sound during the event.
- The Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition reserves the right to not provide space on the street at Open Streets for organizations, businesses, groups or individuals for any reason.