Imagine a street full of people of all ages and backgrounds, walking, biking, creating and laughing, together. A street temporarily closed to cars, but open to people. Imagine residents safely enjoying their city, socializing with neighbors, and engaging in healthy activities. Imagine if all of this were free, with absolutely no barriers to participation.

Building on the success of  a similar event in May, the next Atlanta Streets Alive is happening in downtown Atlanta this Sunday, Oct. 17 from 1 to 6 p.m. on Edgewood Avenue and throughout Woodruff and Hurt Parks.

The fall event features an extended Edgewood route from Peachtree to Randolph Street and free activities from over 50 local organizations – everything from bike rodeos & mountain bike trails, hula hooping, double-dutch, frisbee, relay races, zumba, capoeria, cheerleading, boot camp, kickboxing, yoga, pilates, nia, salsa, flamenco, Persian dance & poetry, free style poling, poi, and circus performers, to storytelling, bubble making, scavenger hunts, camping challenges, street stenciling, art installations, live music (jazz, steam punk, classical, djembes), health living education, and food and drink from the area’s best restaurants.

The Atlanta Street Food Movement is also involved and vendors on hand Sunday will include The Good Food Truck, King of Pops, Westside Creamery, Grace’s Goodness and Yumbii all gathered in the Sweet Auburn Market parking lot.

Modeled on tremendously successful events from around the world, including Bogotá’s Ciclovia, the Paris Plage and New York City’s Summer Street, ASA is part bike tour, part block party, and a great time for getting active, supporting local businesses along the route, people watching, and enjoying the city. For more about the event, visit

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.