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September 17, 2019
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Diane Gonzolas, City Communications, 402-441-7831

Mayor Encourages Public to Attend Big Weekend of Events in Capital City

Street closures begin Friday

Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird today encouraged area residents to support the Lincoln Calling music festival, the Lincoln Arts Festival, the Lincoln PoPS festival of contemporary art and the Streets Alive! outdoor movement festival this week and weekend.

The 16th annual Lincoln Calling begins the evening of Wednesday September 18 and ends with a closing party Sunday, September 22. From Thursday through Saturday, more than 90 local, regional and national bands will perform in eight downtown venues. The festival also includes art, a night market, workshops and panel discussions on music, fashion, entrepreneurship and recycling. More information is available at

The 19th annual Lincoln Arts Festival presented by the Lincoln Arts Council runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday September 21 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday Sept 22. The festival was previously held at SouthPointe Pavilions, and this is the first year it will be held downtown. More than 100 local, regional and national artists will be featured in Tower Square, on "P" Street from 13th Street to Centennial Mall, and on 13th and 14th streets between "P" and "Q." More information is available at

Both Lincoln Calling and the Lincoln Arts Festival are seeking volunteers, and information is available on the event websites.

Lincoln PoPS, Play on P Street is Lincoln's first placemaking festival of contemporary art. The exhibition, "Global Frequencies," features 24 artists from around the world on "P" Street from 17th to Canopy streets. The festival website is Participants are being sought for two pieces:

A Lincoln Calling ticket is NOT required for those attending the Lincoln Arts Festival and Lincoln PoPS.

The 9th annual Streets Alive! festival is from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday September 22 in the South Salt Creek and Cooper Park neighborhoods. Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln presents the festival to promote health and fitness. Two miles of City streets are closed to motorized vehicles and filed with about 100 exhibitors, fitness and sports demonstrations, food vendors, music, dance, art, and children's activities. More information is available at

Downtown street closures for Lincoln Calling and the Lincoln Arts Festival begin at 9 a.m. Friday, September 20. At that time, the following streets will be closed until 9 p.m. Sunday, September 22 :

"P" Street access to University Square Parking Garage, 14th and "P" streets, will be maintained.

For Streets Alive!, the following streets will be closed from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, September 22:

Digital message signs will alert traffic to closures. Travelers are encouraged to seek alternate routes during these events. Access to residences will be maintained. For more information on street closures, contact Shane Dostal, Lincoln Transportation and Utilities, at 402-525-7852 or Current information on street closures is available at (keyword: closures) or through the Waze mobile app.

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