City seeking event organizers for two 2024 Open Streets events

April 16, 2024

The City of Minneapolis has issued a request for proposals seeking event organizers for two of the 2024 Open Streets events. Proposals are due May 10.

The City is soliciting proposals for event organizers to coordinate and implement Open Streets events at portions of Central Avenue Northeast and on Franklin Avenue from Portland/Park avenues to 26th Avenue South. The City will provide up to $50,000 for each event as well as in-kind services to support event planning and execution. If an event organizer is awarded both events, the contract would be up to $100,000.

Three 2024 Open Streets event dates and vendor organizations have been finalized and are pending City Council approval:

  • Uptown Association: Lyndale on Aug. 24.
  • West Broadway Business and Area Coalition: West Broadway on Sept. 21.
  • Lyndale Neighborhood Association: Nicollet Avenue on Sept. 28.

Open Streets Minneapolis events give local businesses, artists and community groups a one-day opportunity to transform the streets into a place where people can gather and celebrate the diversity and creativity of the city while walking, biking and rolling. From the first event in 2011 through the 2022 season, Open Streets events have drawn more than 677,000 people.

Final event dates will be decided by the event organizers and the City.

Proposals are due by 2 p.m. Friday, May 10. All proposals must be submitted via the City’s eSupplier Portal.

Open Streets Minneapolis was first inspired by other initiatives around the world. However, our version is one-of-a-kind and specific to our city. It stands apart from Open Streets events in other states, nations, or globally.  During Open Streets, our local businesses, artists, and community groups come together to turn the streets into a special space temporarily free from car traffic – a place to grow community connections and embrace what’s unique about Minneapolis.

Find more information about the request for proposals on the City’s website.