Celebrating 38th Street

Kingfield Neighborhood Association is planning an event to recognize the street, which has connected communities for more than a century

Minneapolis’ north-south transit routes often get all the glory, as Kingfield Neighborhood Association (KFNA) Executive Director Sarah Linnes-Robinson sees it.  

But for Kingfield and many of its neighboring communities, she said one particular east-west road deserves some credit for connecting residents and businesses for more than a century. On Sept. 19, 38th Street will get its just deserts with a long list of events planned at businesses and landmarks along the corridor from Lakewood Cemetery on the west to Bloomington Avenue on the east.  

KFNA is organizing the first-time celebration with the help of area businesses, community volunteers and City Council Member Elizabeth Glidden (8th Ward).

“In all my time in Minneapolis, the east-west corridors are often forgotten,” Linnes Robinson said. “I’ve never really heard of an event that ties this way — it’s always Nicollet Avenue or Lyndale Ave or Central Avenue. This is a new way of connecting with our other neighborhoods.”

KFNA came up with the idea for the event after researching the area’s history for the Walldogs mural-painting project, which took place along Nicollet Avenue last year. Community members quickly jumped on board with their own ideas for the event and Celebrate 38th, as its been named, was born.

Here’s a list of the events planned as of Sept. 1, from KFNA’s website, kingfield.org:

9–11 a.m.: Garden with Bancroft Neighborhood Association and enjoy lemonade and cookies at 12th Avenue

9:30 a.m.: Kids and families can make hats and join a West 38th Street parade at Pleasant Avenue

10 a.m.: West 38th Street Parade begins at Nicollet Avenue (picking up kids and families at Pleasant Avenue)

10 a.m.–2 p.m.: Center for Performing Arts Open House, with free activities and lessons on the lawn at Pleasant Avenue

11 a.m.–1 p.m.: Performance stage with live music and dance at Pleasant Avenue

Noon–8 p.m.: Self-guided history tours (walk or drive) at Lakewood Cemetery at Dupont Avenue; information at Grand Avenue

Noon–3 p.m.: Live music at Quality Coaches, celebrating 38 years at 20 W. 38th Street

Noon–1 p.m.: Free bratwurst on the grill by CarQuest at 20 W. 38th Street

5 p.m.: Reception with snacks at Quality Coaches

All Day:

— Watch for the HOURCAR for a chance to take the Minnesota Energy Challenge and win prizes

— Garage Sale at Incarnation at Pleasant Avenue

— Open House at Quality Coaches at 20 W. 38th St.

— Bancroft Neighborhood-wide Garage Sale, Chicago Avenue to Cedar Avenue

— Breakfast and lunch at Country Kitchen at Incarnation Church at Pleasant Avenue

— Sidewalk sales at Grand Avenue

— Free eco-friendly bags full of resources and information and free hot dogs from the 38th and Chicago Business Association at Pleasant Avenue

— Mural celebration for the Red Engine Building at Bloomington Avenue

— Local art show organized by Mentoring Peace Through Art at Bloomington Avenue

— Free samples from Marla’s Caribbean Restaurant at Bloomington Avenue.