About Open Streets

Open Streets Corvallis is a free street festival that re-imagines our most shared public spaces – streets and parks – as places where people walk, bike, and play.

For one day each summer, over a mile of neighborhood streets are closed to motorized traffic so that people may use them for walking, rolling, dancing, playing, and socializing. Activity hubs in public parks along the route include local food and drink, live music, giant-sized games, and more. Neighbors, community organizations, and businesses are invited to host interactive activities.

Our goals:

  • Have a positive impact on community livability by connecting neighborhoods and neighbors.
  • Improve the health and wellness of Corvallis residents.
  • Encourage walking, biking and other forms of active transportation.
  • Increase awareness of sustainable transportation options.
  • Foster new, creative partnerships that put money back into the local economy.
  • Support equity and inclusion on event day and beyond.

History

The City of Corvallis, in partnership with the Corvallis Bicycle Collective, held its first Open Streets event in August of 2017 – the day before the solar eclipse. Over 2,000 people and 33 organizations participated that year. Since its initial success, the event has traveled to a different neighborhood each year, growing to include more community participants.

After a two year hiatus due to the pandemic, Open Streets Corvallis returns Sunday, August 14, 2022. This year’s event is lead by the City of Corvallis’ Active Transportation Program in partnership the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition. Our steering committee also includes members from the Benton County Health Department, Casa Latinos Unidos, Corvallis Bicycle Collective, Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments, and OSU Transportation Services.