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Open Streets at Penn Fest

Sunday, September 17, 12:00-4:00 pm, FREE

Post Date:06/14/2017 6:00 AM

Open Streets at Penn Fest       Sunday, September 17, 12:00-4:00 pm, FREE! 
63rd Street to 75th Street along Penn Ave, Richfield, MN 

What is Penn Fest?
Sometimes, Penn Avenue in Richfield is fairly quiet, and sometimes it's bumper-to-bumper with cars, but neither will be the case on Sunday, September 17 from Noon to 4:00 pm. That's when Open Streets at Penn Fest happens. On that day, Penn Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic and cars will be replaced with fun activities like music, dancing, crafts, sports, kids entertainment and more! People are welcome to ride bicycles or stroll down the avenue to enjoy the street without motorized vehicles to contend with. Businesses along Penn Avenue will be showcased and will be a part of the fun!

Businesses/Organizations/Community Groups
Sign up your sports league, youth group, business, or just about any organization for participation in Open Streets at Penn Fest. It's a great chance to show off your talents, recruit new members, or just plain have fun! We'll reserve a section of the street for you. Simply fill out and return the appropriate form: 

Business Application
Community Group Application
Food Vendor Application
The Market Application

Businesses selling food will also need to apply for all applicable City business licenses
Temporary Food License Application

Penn Fest Volunteers Wanted!  
Volunteers are needed for Open Streets at Penn Fest on Sunday, September 17 from 11:00 am-2:00 pm and 2:00-5:00 pm.  Positioned along Penn Avenue, volunteers will help to inform and direct Penn Fest participants, manage intersections and answer questions from attendees.  Materials and training will be provided to volunteers prior to the event. If you are interested in volunteering or would like more details, please contact Ann Jindra, City of Richfield Recreation Supervisor, at 612-861-9361 or
or complete the online Penn Fest Volunteer Inquiry Form.

For more information

Visit the Penn Central of Richfield website at for the latest breaking news. If you have specific questions, please call Ann Jindra, City of Richfield Recreation Supervisor, at 612-861-9361 or

Since 2008, Penn Fest has been held to promote area businesses in the Penn and 66th Street area, build a greater sense of community among neighbors, and give people a voice in the future of the neighborhood. In 2012, through a contract from the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, Penn Fest became an Open Streets event to encourage residents of all ages and abilities to get out and enjoy Penn Avenue in physically-active ways in a safe, car-free environment. Open Streets events promote better health by encouraging increased physical activity, helping residents feel a greater connection to their community, and supporting local businesses.

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