Photo by Cynthia Wilson.

Anyone who’s been to a block party knows that closing public streets to through traffic creates a comfortable and fun environment to ride, walk, run, scoot, roll, and play in the street. That is the environment you’ll find at Open Streets, popping up in different Fort Collins neighborhoods each June and September.

We asked a longtime Open Streets organizer and self-proclaimed number-one fan, Andrew Schneider, what to expect this year. “First, let me say that I fall in love with Fort Collins all over again every time Open Streets rolls around…This is not a commercial or consumer-driven festival experience and you’ll never have to pay to take part. It takes hundreds of friends and neighbors coming together to create something special for each other—and we do it in an open format that invites everyone to add their own unique flair.”

Andrew at open streets 2018 on a PACE bike. Photo by Cynthia Wilson.

Open Streets invites everyone to enjoy a packed schedule of live music, art, culture, and free activities for all ages. Throw on your dancing shoes, strap your guitar on your back, grab a bike, scooter, or skateboard, and come hungry for lunch at one of over 10 local food trucks. This is your chance to explore 1.5 miles of uniquely Fort Collins neighborhoods.


Schneider thinks getting outside with other people and immerse yourself in the streetscape is a remedy for living in a divided time. “When you are at Open Streets engaging your mind and body in one of the many physical or creative activities available, you’re likely doing something that feels good and has great cognitive and material health benefits. You’re smiling. You’re laughing. You’re happy. To me, this is the perfect headspace to be in when you will connect with your neighbors and meet new people.”

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There are 5 must-do activities that Schneider has identified as his favorites

  1. Honor the South American ciclovía (cycleway) roots of Open Streets by biking, skating, rolling, scooting or walking the route.
  2.  Everyone should have a taste of Fort Collins food culture, some of the best food trucks in the city will well represent which.
  3. See how many ways you can move your body between free hip hop dance workshops, yoga, and simple fitness activities for a variety of abilities.
  4. Create a masterpiece using provided art supplies or sidewalk chalk.
  5.  Interact with professional music educators, producers, and performers through a variety of hands-on experiences and performances across the route…or just find an open stretch of road and make your own music!”


But wait..there is more




“Ride the Route”

Sunday, June 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. along Maple St. from Putnam Elementary to Lee Martinez Park via N. Sherwood St. Open Streets events are free for everyone!


Chalk The Block!

Make a temporary masterpiece—express yourself in chalk along the 1.5 miles of open streets.


Open Beats!

FullMetal, Kind Dub and Two Scoops. Photo by Cynthia Wilson

Kind Dub and friends at Sherwood and Sycamore invite you to create your own beats, BYO instrument and express yourself. Invitamos a todo mundo, de todas las edades y habilidades, a crear y disfrutar música al lado de productores y DJs profesionales. Inviting folks of all ages and abilities to make and appreciate music alongside professional producers & DJs.

Open Art! with Mighty Fine Art

The Downtown Fort Collins Creative District will supply free art supplies and a facilitated art-making activity with Chris Bates (Mighty Fine Art). Come, make your own masterpiece while supplies last.

Open Dance!

with Mightyrockmorez


Bust a move with Fort Collins’ own Breaking and Hip Hop crew


10:00 am – Break and Hip Hop Dance Workshop

11:00am-1: 00 pm Drop-in Break and Hip Hop Dance Floor


Explore How Music Enhances Your Physical Activity at Connexion Corner

The Music District encourages people to cut loose for a few minutes every hour to the sounds of a collaborative playlist exploring how music enhances your physical activity. Help contribute to their Spotify playlist — what songs are inspiring you to stay active, find balance or work up a serious sweat this summer? Post your favorite on their social media and they will add them to the Open Streets soundtrack!


Take a listen:

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Music Stage

10:30- Luke Peters

1130 – Listening Session with Emily Gorgol

12:30 – Maxwell Tretter

1:15 – Hannah Brown

2:00 – Pappy Longlegs


The Full Lineup

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Dance Workshop at Shields St.
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Open Beats with Kind Dub at Wood St.
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Live Music by Luke Peters at Sherwood St.
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Horseteeth Improv at various Hubs on the half hour
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Listening Session with Councilmember Emily Gorgol at Sherwood St.
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Open Yoga with Live Music by More Than Physics at Putnam Elem.
12:30 PM – 1:15 PM
Live Music by Maxwell Tretter at Sherwood St.
1:15 PM – 2:00 PM
Live Music by Hanna Brown at Sherwood St.
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Live Music by Pappy Longlegs at Sherwood St.

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