Lancaster Rec‘s 9th Annual Open Streets Lancaster event temporarily closes Water Street to motorized vehicles and opens them to the Lancaster community. Our Lancaster event joins more than 90 Open Streets initiatives in the United States and Canada.
Open Streets Lancaster is different than a block party or street fair. It is part of a broad effort to encourage physical activity, re-imagine the City as a place to walk and bike for transportation, help people meet and steward meaningful social connections.
Hosted by Lancaster Rec and held in partnership with City of Lancaster and the Lancaster Bikes program, Open Streets Lancaster is a free family-friendly event that temporarily transforms Water Street into a paved playground. Pedestrian traffic replaces car traffic and people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds can uncover new interests, discover their talents and improve their general well-being.
The route features activities promoting physical and mental health, as well as local bands and musicians, artists, food trucks and opportunities to learn about non-profits and small businesses.
Our event reimagines transportation and community connections throughout the City of Lancaster. Attendees are encouraged to walk, bike, blade, and skate to the event and to meaningfully meet their neighbors.
The first-ever Open Streets event was held in August 2014 on two City blocks and drew 1,000 attendees. In 2023, our event stretched six blocks and drew more than 8,000 community members.
We hope you’ll join us this year and enjoy your City from a different perspective. The best part? It’s FREE to attend! Bring your family, bring your friends, bring your pets!
For more information about Open Streets Lancaster, please contact AJ Eckman at AEckman@lancasterrec.org.