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Registration now open for Open Streets at Penn Fest

Richfield's Biggest Block Party
Penn Avenue closed to cars and open for walking, biking, dancing, music and more on Sunday, September 21 from 12 noon to 4 pm 


Watch for Open Streets at Penn Fest returning Sunday, September 21 from 12 noon to 4 pm. Penn Avenue will be closed to vehicles from 62nd to 76th Street. Vehicular traffic will be replaced by foot traffic, bicycles, skateboarders, dancers and more.Plus, there will be food music and games galore!
Open Streets at Penn Fest is also your chance to participate. We're looking for community groups, buisnesses, food vendors/food trucks, and home-based businesses/crafters to join the celebration as participants. Our last two Open Streets at Penn Fest have drawn an estimate 7,000 people each year, so it's a great opportunity to meet new people. Check out these participation opportunities:

See martial arts in action!
Kor-Am Tae Kwon Do to offer on-the-street demos 

Kor Am Tae Kwon Do Martial Arts Richfield

See incredible martial arts demos performed by students and instructors of Kor-Am Tae Kwon Do, 6610 Penn Avenue South, Richfield. The demos will be happening on the street at 12:30 and 1:30 pm in front of the Tae Kwon Do school on Penn Avenue. 


Kor-Am offers traditional Korean martial arts traning for men, women, teenagers and children. Any age is a great time to learn the discipline and skills of Tae Kwon Do. Many families actually enroll so they can learn together. 


For more information about the school, click here.


Make Penn Fest a culinary adventure!

Local restaurants ready to welcome Penn Fest visitors 


Aida Penn and 66th

As you walk the avenue during Open Streets at Penn Fest, explore the many choices for dining close to home. Our local restaurants will be welcoming guests to Penn Fest by serving up their delicious menus. We'll be letting you know what each restaurant has planned in the coming weeks. So stay tuned for more info!


Action on the Avenue!

BMX Bikers Back at Penn Fest 

BMX Bike Exhibition at Penn Fest

The popular BMX bike demos are returning to Open Streets at Penn Fest. This exhibition of spectacular biking exercises has been one of our most popular attractions - always building large crowds. The demos are once again sponsored by our friends at Penn Cycle. Look for the BMX bike ramp in front of the Penn Cycle store on Penn Avenue.


Come and get it!
Dwayne's Roasted Corn coming back by popular demand


Roasted Corn at Penn Fest

In the food spotlight, Dwayne's Roasted Corn is coming back to Open Streets at Penn Fest by popular demand. Come enjoy this taste sensation as you explore the Penn Central of Richfield neighborhood.


Call all non-profits
Penn Fest gives you a chance to meet the public 

Honoring All Veterans

Calling all non-profits, good causes and community groups. Open Streets at Penn Fest is your chance to mix and meet with the public. With over 7,000 people in attendance for each of the last two years, it's a great place to rally your cause. Best of all, for non-profit and community groups, registration is free! Download the Community Group/Non-Profit form and regsiter today!


Register to participate
Open Streets at Penn Fest offers a range of options for community groups, crafters, businesses and food vendors to get involved. 
Click on the link below that best describes your organization to download a registration form 

Business Registration Form

Food Vendor Registration Form

Crafter/Flea Market Registration Form

Community Group Registration Form

Note to Penn Avenue Businesses

The registration forms for food vendors and businesses on this page are for businesses not already operating in the Penn Avenue area. Businesses with a permanent address on Penn Avenue do not have to pay a registration fee. However, two things are important: 1) A voluntary sponsorship donation would help ensure the success of Open Streets at Penn Fest. 2) Please let us know what you're planning to do at the event so that we can promote your activity to the public. Please send details and a digital promotional photo to penncentralofrichfield@gmail.com. 


Come enjoy the harvest
Richfield Farmers Market vendors coming back! 

Richfield Farmers Market

Come enjoy the bounty of the harvest as Richfield Farmers Market vendors return to Open Streets at Penn Fest. It's your chance to pick up freshly picked, locally grown produce while enjoying a stroll in the neighborhood. 

Get more info about the Richfield Farmers Market by clicking here


Let's show community spirit!

Richfield Cheer Team coming to Penn Fest 

Richfield Cheer Leaders
Richfield Cheer 2

The Richfield Cheer Team will be at Open Streets at Penn Fest! We'll look forward to the team building community spirit during our event. To raise money for the program, Exclusive Spartan T-shirts and Mini Pompoms will be offered for sale. But don't delay, only 80 T-shirts are available. So it's a first come first serve opportunity.


A benefit for Richfield Elementary Schools

Register for the Richfield Back to School 5K 

Richfield Schools 5K Benefit

Open Streets at Penn Fest welcomes the return of the Richfield Back to School 5K, a benefit to help support the great work of Richfield's elemenary schools. The 5K run helps kick off all the fun of Open Streets at Penn Fest. It starts at Donaldson Park and goes out onto Penn Avenue. It's a great way to get energized for all the fun you'll find on the street during Penn Fest.


For more information, visit the Richfield Back to School 5K website by clicking here


11th Annual Lerum Auto Show
A classic attraction at Open Streets at Penn Fest 

Lerum Auto Show

Ordinary modern day cars are banned from the roadway during Open Streets at Penn Fest. But for the classics, we make an exception. We're pleased to announce that the Lerum Auto Show will return to Open Streets at Penn Fest. Come check out these beauties that will take you back in time. And if you have a classic car that you'd like to show, click here to register with Lerum Auto.



Trending Neighborhood News

Expansion planned

Fireside Pizza wants to add party room and enlarge space 

Fireside Pizza Richfield

The Richfield Planning Commission voted to approve an addition to Fireside Pizza, 6736 Penn Avenue South, Richfield, at its August 11 meeting. The Planning Commission's recommendation will go before the full City Council. Fireside Pizza plans to enlarge its dining area and add a party room. Being a homegrown independent business, Fireside Pizza is a landmark in the Penn Central of Richfield neighborhood. We really like seeing this expansion of a local favorite. Watch this website for updates on the progress of the expansion. Check out Fireside Pizza by clicking here.


Adding color to the corner
Thanks to Lunseth Lawn Care for this bounty of blooms

Flowers Lundseth Lawn Care

The next time you're at the corner of Penn and 64th, take a look at the southwest corner. Our friends at Lunseth Lawn Care planted this beautiful display of flowers in these containers. It's often touches like this that can dress up the neighborhood. Lunseth Lawn Care is a Penn Central of Richfield business. So if you have lawn care needs, it's a great idea to do business close to home. To check out Lunseth Lawn Care's services, click here.

Meet the new owner of Signs by Tomorrow

Welcoming Ambro Alvarado to the neighborhood

Ambro Alvarado of Signs by Tomorrow

A change of ownership has brought Ambro Alvarado to the helm at Signs by Tomorrow, 6442 Penn Avenue So., Richfield. Signs by Tomorrow creates custom signs for both outdoor and indoor applications, including event, architectural, directional, commercial and other purposes. The product selection ranges from simple temporary signs to elaborate permanent ones. Truth be told, if you have a need for signs, banners or displays, chances are Signs by Tomorrow can create what you need. Stop by the store to welcome Ambro to the neighborhood. Check out his website at www.signsbytomorrow.com/richfield or call 612-869-0126.


Two departures from the avenue

Uncommon Sports Cards and Brueggers on Penn Avenue close 

We really prefer to welcome new businesses to the neighborhood, but sometimes we must acknowlege the departure of businesses. Two highly valued members of the Penn Central of Richfield community have closed shop recently, namely Uncommon Sports Cards and Brueggers. We are sad to see both of them gone.

Uncommon Sports Cards Closing

Uncommon Sports Cards

We watched Uncommon Sports Cards grow up on Penn Avenue, relocating several times to larger spaces.The shop was always an active and involved member of the business community, including a good participant at Penn Fest. During the last two Open Streets at Penn Fest celebrations, Uncommon Sports Cards brought in popular sports celebrities, Bob Lutesema in 2012 and Jake Reed in 2013. The shop fell victim to the challenges of running a small business. We will surely miss Uncommon Sports Cards.

Brueggers Bagels Richfield Closed

The lights suddenly went out and the signs came down at the Richfield location of Brueggers on Penn and 66th. No official word has been announced from the operator. Brueggers was also a good participant at Open Streets at Penn Fest, sending their Brueggers mascot out on the streets to welcome visitors.


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