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


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  September 17, 2019

MEDIA CONTACT: Diane Gonzolas, City Communications, 402-441-7831


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:

  • Artists Paul Pinto, is looking for singers for his piece, “Anyone’s Story,” at 6 p.m. September  21 at 7th and “P” streets. More information is available at
  • Robert Ladislas Derr invites the public to be part of “Dribble on Centennial Mall” at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, September 21. Those interested are asked to wear a blue shirt and blue pants or jeans. Park Middle School students will lead participants in dribbling basketballs to Merce Cunningham’s 1952, “Suite by Chance (Space Chart Entrance and Exit).” Basketballs are provided, and participants may keep them after the event.



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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 between 13th and 16th streets
  • 13th Street between “P” and “Q” streets
  • 14th Street between “O” and “Q” streets
  • Centennial Mall between “O” and “P” streets

“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:

  • South 8th Street from “B” to “D” streets
  • “B” Street from South 4th to South 8th streets
  • South 4th Street from “A” to “B” streets
  • South 2nd Street from “A” to “F” streets
  • “F” Street from South 2nd to South 6th streets
  • South 6th Street from “D” to “F” streets

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.