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Jul 24, 2012


July’s SomerStreets Event to be Held Noon-4pm along Highland Ave. from Walnut Street to Cedar Street

SOMERVILLE - "Seize the Summer," the July installment of the City's seasonal SomerStreets festival, will take place on Sunday, July 29th from noon to 4pm between Walnut and Cedar Streets on Highland Ave.  It is the second of five SomerStreets celebrations planned for 2012, with the first event having drawn more than 3,000 attendees in June along East Broadway.  For this unique street fair, where "roads are closed to cars and open to you," programming includes: a "Kidical Mass" bike ride to Davis Square; Cambridge Health Alliance health & fitness fair; family-friendly activities; health workshops including an American Red Cross blood drive; arts and craft vendors; live music, and more.  SomerStreets is the centerpiece of the City's Open Streets Initiative, which closes sections of roadways one Sunday per month to promote and support active living - walking, biking, running, dancing, and more.

"SomerStreets has really taken off as a way to celebrate the pleasures of urban living," said Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone. "Based on the popularity of ArtBeat, I concluded that Somerville's residents would respond to an opportunity for outdoor activity in a safe, family-friendly environment.  Think of it as a series of big block parties. Somerville has always loved its block parties."      

Along Highland Ave., local businesses and organizations including the American Red Cross, Cambridge Health Alliance, Kidical Mass, the Center for Arts at the Armory, the Somerville YMCA, the Somerville Public Library, and the Somerville Fire Department, among others, will partner with the City to provide activities for children and adults of all ages.  Activities will include, but are not limited to:

  • The Flying Word Fair and children's yoga (Central Library)
  • "Kidical Mass" Bike Parade (begins at 1:00 from School Street)
  • American Red Cross Blood Drive (To make an appointment, visit
  • Live music and arts & crafts vendors (Center for Arts at the Armory)
  • Health & fitness fair (Somerville Hospital)
  • Face painting, food, and family-friendly activities

In order to ensure public safety at the event, road closures and parking bans will be in effect.

  • Highland Avenue (Walnut Street to Cedar Street)
    • Closed to all vehicular traffic 10:00am -6:00pm; no parking 8:00am6:00 pm
  • City Hall Concourse and Central Library
    • No parking on-street 8:00am-6:00pm

MBTA buses will be rerouted from 10:00am-6:00pm. 

Residents who live directly on Highland Avenue may call (857) 523-9017 in advance or on the day of the event and city volunteers will assist you in leaving/returning to your property safely during the event.

The remaining 2012 SomerStreets schedule is as follows:

  • Going Green on Rte. 16 - Sunday, August 19th on Alewife Brook Parkway from Dilboy Field to Broadway
  • Rolling on the Mystic - Sunday, September 9th on Shore Drive
  • Monster Mashed-Up - Sunday, October 28th  on Somerville Ave. from Union Square to Porter Square

SomerStreets builds on the Shape Up Somerville healthy living initiative. Similar open streets events take place all around the world, carving out space normally taken up by automobile traffic for people to be more active.

All SomerStreets events will run from noon to 4 p.m., rain or shine.