This Sunday, go play in the street at VIVA! Streets Festival

For five hours this Sunday, a 1-mile stretch of East Sixth Street will be closed to motor traffic for the VIVA! Streets Festival. Photo courtesy VIVA! Streets

For five hours this Sunday, a 1-mile stretch of East Sixth Street will be closed to motor traffic for the VIVA! Streets Festival. Photo courtesy VIVA! Streets

This Sunday, go play in the street.

From noon to 5 p.m., a 1-mile stretch of East Sixth Street between Interstate 35 and Robert T. Martinez Jr. Street will be blocked to motor traffic for the fourth annual VIVA! Streets festival.

For five glorious hours, bicyclists and pedestrians will take over the road. Space will clear for ballroom dancing, yoga, zumba, soccer, basketball, giant chess, hula hooping, petanque and tennis. There will be an obstacle course, gardening classes, anti-bullying workshops, martial arts demonstrations, cane fishing, bird walks, a kids drum circle, a learn-to-ride bike course, chalk art, bike polo and more. SkyCandy will offer special aerial performances and classes.

Organizers of VIVA! Streets hope to build communities by encouraging active living. It’s part of a global movement of open streets events, or cyclovias. San Antonio, Houston, Fort Worth, El Paso and Brownsville all host similar events.

“As a business owner on the route, it’s great to hear about the participation and enthusiasm from my fellow neighbors,” Paola Barrerra of Buenos Aires Café Este said in a press release.

This year’s sponsors include Humana, TxDOT, SkyCandy, AARP, Texas Gas Service, CapMetro, Central Texas Mobility Authority/Metropia, the City of Austin Office of Sustainability, TopGolf, Instacart and Austin’s Yellow Bike Project. The event is co-produced by the City of Austin and BikeTexas.

For more information go here.