The City of Boston announced Friday that Open Newbury Street will return for 2022 on six consecutive Sundays: August 21, August 28, September 4, September 11, September 18 and September 25.
Newbury Street — an eight-block, mile-long stretch that has been made pedestrian-only on some summer Sundays for the past few years — will be car-free from Berkeley Street to Massachusetts Avenue. The intersections of Exeter Street, Fairfield Street, Gloucester Street and Hereford Street will also be car-free from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. each of these Sundays.
Newbury Street during these open days will be accessible by public transport via Arlington and Copley stations on the Green line, Back Bay station on the commuter rail and the Orange Line shuttle. Bike corrals are parked throughout the event and there are Blue Bike stations on adjacent streets. Those coming by car can park in the garages in the Copley Square area, south of Boylston Street.
Only businesses that have physical locations on Newbury Street can participate. All of these businesses are welcome to host an outdoor event as long as they use the parking lane directly in front of their business and coordinate with nearby storefronts.
Open Newbury Street started in 2016 on a Sunday in August. Its success inspired the expansion of Open Newbury Street to three Sundays a year in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2021, with a hiatus in 2020 for COVID-19. This year’s extension to six Sundays makes it the oldest version of events to date.
Mayor Michelle Wu launched another program this summer called Open Streets Boston, inspired by Open Newbury Street, with three events: on Center Street, between Jackson Square and Center/South; on Blue Hill Avenue, between Warren Street and Dudley Street; and on Dorchester Avenue between Freeport Street and Gallivan Boulevard.
The Center Street and Blue Hill Avenue events took place in early July and August, but the Dorchester Avenue Open House is coming up, September 24 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. These events have been very popular so far, and many are in favor. to expand events like these even further.
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