Norman street festival hopes to get people walking along Main Street
NORMAN — Business owners hope to promote their neighborhood as a walkable shopping destination with Mix on Main, a street festival that will return to Norman's W Main Street for its second year on Friday.
This year, the event will feature a series of “park- lets” or temporary, miniature parks set up along W Main Street, as well as food trucks, beer and wine gardens, and family activities.
The event is sponsored by The Main District, a group formed by local business owners to promote W Main Street.
Gina Mitchell, co-owner of Mitchell's Jewelry, 2201 W Main, said the first Mix on Main event, held in October 2015, encouraged hundreds of people to get out of their cars and walk, exploring the many locally owned businesses on W Main.
Although the stretch of Main Street between 24th Avenue NW and Mercedes is totally connected by sidewalks, few people walk in the area.
“I think we are not used to getting out and walking around in an area like this,” Mitchell said. “But I shop in all these businesses, and its easy to walk down here.”
Norman resident Andy Paden, a supporter of The Main District who lives off W Main, said he and his wife decided to get involved to promote the area after shopping at local businesses and getting to know many of the store owners.
“We love the idea of being close to services we can walk to year round,” he said.
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Mix on Main will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. on Main Street between 24th Avenue NW and Mercedes.
Food trucks including Big Truck Tacos, The Saucee Sicilian, The Loaded Bowl, Midway Deli, Epic Pops, Eskimo Sno, Mutts Amazing Hot Dogs and That Pie Truck will be featured at the event.
The Oklahoma City Energy FC also will make appearances at the Norman festival.
The Main District has partnered with local nonprofits and businesses to temporarily transform parking spaces on W Main Street into temporary public places along the route called “parklets.”
The parklets will be set up Friday morning for pedestrians to enjoy throughout the day.