Mar 28, 2024 - News

Banishing cars at 2024's Open Streets

Pedestrians walk over the center line of a street

Photo: Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Boston's Open Streets program will return for the warmer months, and this year the pedestrian-friendly street festival is expanding to Hyde Park.

Why it matters: Now in its third year, Open Streets blocks off motor vehicle traffic along some of the city's busiest roads to let people enjoy their neighborhood's food, drink and shopping without all the cars and noise.

  • The festivals bring in food trucks, face painting and other attractions.

Six streets will be open across one Saturday and five Sundays from 10:30am to 5pm:

  • May 5 in Dorchester — Dorchester Avenue
  • June 22 in Roxbury — Blue Hill Avenue
  • July 21 in Jamaica Plain — Centre Street
  • Aug. 11 in Hyde Park — River Street
  • Sept. 15 in East Boston — Meridian Street and Bennington Street
  • Oct. 20 in Allston-Brighton — Harvard Avenue

Motor vehicle traffic will be closed from 9am to 6pm on Open Streets days.

  • Newbury Street will also be pedestrian-only on select days this year, but the dates haven't been announced.
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