What Is Streets Alive! Outdoors?
Movement Fun and More
Streets Alive! is a movement festival celebrated in cities across America and the world that cordons off a section of a city to let people literally play in the streets.
Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln brought the Streets Alive! concept to Lincoln starting in 2010 as an annual event. Streets Alive! is a FREE community festival that promotes active living and healthy nutrition in a fun and interactive way. Weather and community health circumstances permitting, Streets Alive! is an outdoor event. Streets Alive! 2021 is scheduled to be outdoors on Sunday, September 26.
The Streets Alive! outdoor festival is mobile, moving to a different neighborhood every two years. The event showcases the host neighborhood with a nearly 2-mile traffic free festival route which often includes parks, walking and biking trails, community gardens, and other areas of interest. Streets Alive! makes health, wellness, and fitness resources easily accessible to the host neighborhood and the thousands of visitors from across the city who attend each year.
The 2019 Streets Alive! festival was held in the South Salt Creek/Cooper Park neighborhood, who will again host the 2021 festival, on Sunday, September 26th from 1:00 - 4:30 PM. Streets Alive! 2020 was an online festival, that you can visit any time!
To leave a further impact on the neighborhoods that host the festival, we collaborate with the neighborhood associations, residents, schools, businesses, faith communities and organizations to identify a community project or program to implement in coordination with Streets Alive! that improves neighborhood health, safety and vitality. Learn more about community development projects. See the 2017-2018 Belmont Neighborhood Project. See what’s planned for the current South Salt Creek Neighborhood Project.
We want everyone to enjoy their Streets Alive! experience and feel safe. Outdoor venues, especially those where visitors can maintain distance from others outside their household, are safer ways to gather. Due to the current state of the pandemic in Lancaster County, all exhibitors, volunteers, fitness instructors, entertainers and performers are required to wear a mask when interacting with participants when 3-6 feet of distance cannot be maintained. The four information booths, along with the fitness, performance and entertainment areas will be “Mask Zones”. These are the areas where it will be difficult for people to maintain 3-6 feet of distance so all visitors to the information booths will be required to wear a mask in these areas as well. Masks will be available at all of these sites thanks to the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department.
Traffic Free, People and Pet Friendly
Streets Alive! encourages people to get off the couch, go outdoors and move up and down a stretch of city blocked off from traffic. Streets Alive! is a child, dog, and wheelchair friendly event. Visitors can bike, skate, walk, stroll, wheel (any kind of human powered traffic), or even dance their way down a route filled with exhibitors and entertainers. Learn About the History of Streets Alive! Festivals. Visit out FAQ (frequently asked questions) page.
Exhibitions and Food
Streets Alive! provides an opportunity for Lincolnites of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities to access free and useful information. Lincoln Streetloads Alive! festivals have included 100’s of diverse exhibitors that provide a wide variety health, wellness, fitness, support, and care resources and information in an interactive and engaging way that has included games, contests, and giveaways. You'll also find tasty and healthy food and fresh produce. Download a map and list of exhibitor locations.
Performers, Join-in Fitness, Sports Demonstrations
You won't need to play games on your smart phone to be amused at Streets Alive! There’s plenty of variety and diversity of great entertainment. Streets Alive! performances have included music, dance, art, magic, theatre, join-in fitness classes and sports demonstrations, and more throughout the festival – something for everyone!
The Streets Alive! festival route is a part of a LiveWell Challenge! Participants can walk, bike, run, or skate their way through the route as a LiveWell Challenge event. Sponsored by the Nebraska Sports Council, the challenge is an event-centric wellness program that tracks and rewards participation in locally owned and organized events.