Weekly Spotlight #OnNicollet

Heart and Soul Drum Academy  ***THIS THURSDAY***

Thursday, August 16, 4:30-5:30p, Nicollet Theater in the Round

Enjoy a free drum and dance performance and demonstration by local youth from the Heart and Soul Drum Academy. Heart and Soul engages kids ages 3-17 in the culture and discipline of West African-style drumming and dance to build community, teamwork and a love for the art form. Performance takes place at the Nicollet Theater in the Round, your downtown urban amphitheater located street-side on Nicollet, next to the Minneapolis Central Library.

Open House: Pop-in to the Pop-up

Tuesdays, July 17-September 4, 2-6p, between 6th and 7th in front of the DID Pop-up Satellite Office (651 Nicollet, first floor of Gaviidae Common)

Stop by the Mpls Downtown Improvement District‘s summer pop-up office to play giant chess, chat with DID staff, and enjoy popcorn and lemonade. Featuring Street Show live music from 4 to 5:30. Register in person for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate for the Nicollet Makers Market.

StoryTime #OnNicollet

Thursdays, May 24–August 30, 10–11a, Nicollet Reading Room (located on Nicollet in front of the YWCA)

Stories and songs for children 2-5 years (and their parents and caregivers) with the YWCA Downtown and the Minneapolis Central bike librarians.


Upcoming Events #OnNicollet

Nicollet Makers Market

2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month, July 11 & 25, August 8 & 22, September 12 & 26, October 10, 10:30a–2:30p

This unique craft market featuring handmade goods from local artists. Meet your makers and buy handmade #OnNicollet!

Makers Market Spotlight: Wholly Beautiful nourishes natural beauty with wholesome materials

Street Show

Wednesdays-Fridays, May–September, 11:45a–1:30p, 4-5:30p, and occasional event nights

Watch for the official Street Show wagon and catch informal, busking-style live performances #OnNicollet from local musicians, dancers and others.

Downtown Farmers Market

Thursdays, May–October, 6a–6p, between 6th and 9th streets

The beloved Minneapolis Farmers Market is back on Nicollet every week throughout the 2018 growing season.

YMCA Lunchtime Fitness

Wednesday, July 11, August 1 and September 5, 12-1p, Xcel Energy Plaza at 5th and Nicollet

The Douglas Dayton YMCA at Gaviidae will be hosting free fitness classes, alternating yoga and OULA – a high energy easy to learn, fun dance workout to the latest music hits – on select Wednesdays this summer (yoga-June 6, August 1; OULA-July 11, September 5).

zAmya Theater Project ACTivation: Fall Performance

September 10-14, 12 noon-1p, except Thursday 5-6p, Nicollet Theater in the Round

zAmya Theater Project returns to Nicollet this fall to showcase their annual performance developed in part from their experiences during their Dramatic Encounters on Nicollet in May and June this year. Featuring performers who either currently or previously experienced homelessness, zAmya harnesses creativity and community-based theater to build understanding and connection between people toward a vision of a community with safe, stable, affordable housing options for all. The Nicollet Theater in the Round is your downtown urban amphitheater located street-side on Nicollet, next to the Minneapolis Central Library.


Nicollet Lighting

The Nicollet lighting system, including the Light Walk, Nicollet Lanterns and street light beacons, is a key architectural and experiential element of the new Nicollet. The Light Walk and Nicollet Lanterns bring light, color and movement into Nicollet Center, the busiest and most urban area of downtown.

The DID routinely programs this system to support activation and operations on Nicollet. Check out our Lighting Events Calendar to find out which events are supported by our lighting system. If you are interested in requesting a lighting scene on Nicollet for a civic celebration or event, please refer to our guidelines.


Along with these events, watch for more routine activities coming to Nicollet in 2018, including the Nicollet Makers Market, Street Show performances, the Hennepin County mobile bike library, and more.

If you have ideas for activities #OnNicollet, please contact Lisa Middag.