Written by: Mark Remme, Minneapolis Downtown Council
This article was written in June 2018 for the 2018 Quarter Three Newsletter.
Summer activities are taking place on Nicollet throughout the summer. Whether you live, work or play downtown, there is something for you on Nicollet in the core of our city.
Take part in the following ongoing activities that are happening right outside your door. While you're participating in the fun, remember to share your experiences on social media using the hashtag #OnNicollet or by using the new Nicollet Snapchat filter.
The full Nicollet schedule can be found at www.onnicollet.com/events
Nicollet Farmers Market: The beloved Minneapolis Farmers Market returned to Nicollet in 2018 after a three-year construction hiatus. Stop by Nicollet from 6th to 9th Streets each Thursday from 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM through October.
Nicollet Makers Market: THis unique craft market preview featuring handmade goods from local artists debuted #OnNicollet last year and returns in 2018 on a routine basis between 6th and 8th Streets. Enjoy the Makers Market on the second and fourth Wednesdays, June 13 through October 10 from 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM.
Street Show: Watch the official Street Show wagons and catch informal, busking-style live performances #OnNicollet from local musicians, dancers and others. Street Show will take place Wednesday through Fridays, May through September during lunchtime, happy hours and occasional event nights.
Mobile bike library prototype featuring Minneapolis Central Librarians: In partnership with the Minneapolis Central Library, you'll be able to enjoy this impressive outreach tool featuring fun activities and specially-curated library collections during the Nicollet Farmers and Makers markets throughout the summer. Families will enjoy Storytime with the Mobile Bike Librarians on Thursdays at 10 AM through August 30 at the Nicollet Reading Room in front of the YWCA.
The Douglas Dayton YMCA at Gaviidae will be hosting free fitness classes on select Wednesdays this summer. On July 11, August 1, and September 5 from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, they'll alternate hosting yoga and Oula classes at Xcel Energy's plaza at 5th and Nicollet.
Nicollet Go Tours: Take one of our free, self-guided audio tours and learn more about what makes Minneapolis' most well-trodden street so interesting. Get the inside scoop about our famous buildings on the Nicollet Architecture tour. Learn the story behind the public art and Many Tyler Moore's famous hat toss on the Nicollet Public Art tour. Coming in June is the story behind the new design of Nicollet's public spaces, and the Weird Nicollet tour, featuring rare and peculiar stories about our downtown main street. All the tours will be available through the free lZl app and at www.onnicollet.com/stories.
Mpls DID unveils pop-up satelite office
The Mpls Downtown Improvement District opened its pop-up satellite office this summer located #OnNicollet at the street level of Gaviidae Common. The satellite office offers information about the DID and its initiatives, has Ambassadors on hand, and provides an additional DID resource for downtown patrons. The satellite office is open Mondays-Fridays from 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM and on Saturdays from 3:00PM - 9:00 PM.