Penn Avenue and Butler Street

July 26
8 a.m. – Noon

Photo courtesy of OpenStreetsPGH.
Photo courtesy of OpenStreetsPGH.

If you missed the fun of OpenStreetsPGH events in May and June, you’re not going to want to skip it this Sunday, July 26th. For the third and final installment for 2015, the unique city event will activate a designated 3.5-mile stretch of Penn Avenue and Butler Street with loads of outdoor family-friendly programming from 8 a.m. to noon.

The free 3.5-mile-long street party runs from downtown hub Market Square up Penn Avenue through the Strip District and ends at scenic Allegheny Cemetery in Lawrenceville. Some 25,000 Pittsburghers joined the OpenStreets movement in May and June and organizers and participants should be able to enjoy a much-welcome break from all of the rain on July 26th.

Photo courtesy of OpenStreetsPGH.
Photo courtesy of OpenStreetsPGH.

Ready to bike, run, walk, skate, eat, socialize and shop your way through the city? Experience and explore the city streets in completely new ways—without cars—come rain or shine.

Four designated Activity Hubs—located at Market Square; 8th and Penn; 23rd and Penn; and 47th and Butler—will feature dozens of free group activities, from salsa dancing, unicycling lessons and yoga sessions, to kids’ snowboarding, historic walking tours and much more. The car-free route will also feature special pop-up shops and mobile food carts run by local businesses will set up.

Food Truck
Photo courtesy of OpenStreetsPGH.

Attendees can head out on a 5k run with Steel City Road Runners, hike with toddlers in tow and join group yoga classes in Market Square led by Lululemon. Get your heart pumping and tone those muscles during cardio and strength exercises with Highmark’s Total Body Fitness, take a walking tour led by Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation and join a lively Bike the Burgh Cycling Tour. Next, test your roller disco talents with Steel City Roller Derby and Neville Island Roller Drome, enjoy vibrant Salsa dancing and music with Los Sabrosos and experience Capoeira with Steel Dragon Martial Arts.

What’s new for OpenStreetsPGH in July? In partnership with Mayor Peduto’s Welcoming Pittsburgh Initiative, 10 Pittsburgh residents will become naturalized citizens during an 11 a.m. ceremony in Market Square.

Check the website for a full schedule of OpenStreetsPGH events, locations, special offers and traffic crossings.

Want to learn more about the local OpenStreets movement? Read NEXTpittsburgh‘s coverage here and here, and view a slide show of photos from past events.

Jennifer BaronArts & Entertainment / Jobs Editor

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.