Get Out & Play: In the open streets

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This Sunday, enjoy the first days of fall at Bikewalk Knoxville’s Open Streets! Back in the streets of North Knoxville, Broadway will be closed from East Glenwood Avenue to Emory Place and filled with musicians, performers, pedestrians, bicyclists, food and fun.

This bi-annual event is a family-friendly, safe space that gives our community the opportunity to get outside and come together for a fun afternoon of outdoor activities that encourages the use of active transportation and healthy living. At the Open Streets event, the roads are closed to vehicular traffic and open only to pedestrians, bicycles, vendors and entertainers. More than 65 organizations and businesses will set up along the closed route, offering activities for all ages, including a chalk walk, pull-up challenge, timed running course, kids bicycle rodeo, obstacle courses and more. There’s plenty of fun for adults, too, including live music, breweries, and a variety of food vendors. Check out the full list of vendors and the performance schedule here.

Open Streets is a mile-long route with no start and no end, so you can join the event from anywhere along the route. No bicycle? No problem! The Bike Zoo and KickStand Community Bike Shop will have loaner bikes available to use at the event.

While you are enjoying the fun, be sure to stop in and support the local businesses along the route – like Elkmont Exchange or Crafty Bastard Brewery for a craft beer or enjoy a freshly brewed cup of coffee at K Brew.

Find out more about Open Streets Knoxville and other great outdoor events on

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