Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln has announced the date, Sunday, Sept. 25, for this year’s annual free outdoor movement festival, Streets Alive!
Streets Alive! encourages people to get off the couch, go outdoors and move up and down a stretch of city blocked off from traffic. Visitors can bike, skate, walk, stroll, wheel (any kind of human powered traffic) or even dance their way down a two-mile route lined with exhibitors and entertainers. Streets Alive! is a child, dog and wheelchair-friendly event.
The festival, which typically welcomes 3,000 to 6,000 visitors from all over Lincoln and Lancaster County, will be hosted in the Clinton, Hartley and UNL East Campus neighborhoods.
New this year, the 2016 Streets Alive! festival route is part of the LiveWell Challenge. Sponsored by the Nebraska Sports Council, the new LiveWell Challenge is an event-centric wellness program that tracks and rewards participation in locally owned and organized events.
The two-mile route includes parks, walking trails, community gardens, neighborhood businesses, local food trucks and a farmers market. Visitors will be entertained by live music, art and dance. Visitors will also have an opportunity to participate in fun fitness activities like basketball, volleyball, boot camps, yoga and skateboarding. Exhibitors offer free wellness resources, including health screenings.
The festival is a city-supported event.
"This is the one day every year that we invite everyone in the community to play in the streets," said Mayor Chris Beutler. "When the cars are gone, the space opens up for families to walk, bike, skate and enjoy the great outdoors with their neighbors. We hope everyone will mark Streets Alive! on their calendars now and get ready to enjoy this fun, free festival."
For more information, visit www.HealthyLincoln.org/streetsalive.