Newbury Street will again be pedestrian-only on Sunday, September 26.

After two successful Open Newbury Street events in August 2021, Mayor Kim Janey and the Boston Department of Transportation have announced that Newbury Street will again be pedestrian-only on Sunday, September 26. Open Newbury Street provides exciting new opportunities for businesses to engage their customers and benefit from repurposed street space that makes it easier to browse and enjoy the outdoors. 

Open Newbury
(August, 15, 2021) Photo by Neslihan Sahinkaya, City of Boston

“Open Newbury Street provides a unique opportunity to expand access to one of Boston’s flagship destinations,” said Mayor Janey. “I encourage residents and visitors to support our small businesses impacted during the pandemic and enjoy a day of open-air shopping and dining.”

“It lends a really fun atmosphere for the whole street — everybody is in a good mood, everyone is smiling, everyone is excited to see what merchants are doing,” said Kathy Palmer, President of The Fish & Bone pet supply shop. “[Merchants] are excited to open up again – our stores are very small so it was hard to have capacity limits in the last year. Having the ability to bring your brand out onto the street in the open air where everyone is safe and there’s no fear of being too close, that really helps!” 

Newbury Street will be open to pedestrians and closed to motor vehicles from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. from Berkeley Street to Massachusetts Avenue. Parking will be restricted on Newbury Street and adjacent streets, with enforcement beginning at 5:00 a.m. Signs will be posted informing drivers of the change. 

Businesses and attendees are encouraged to promote the event on social media using #OpenNewbury. The public is encouraged to utilize the several different MBTA routes that service the area in addition to bicycling and walking. For more information, visit the event’s website at boston.gov/open-newbury. Businesses are asked to submit their plans for any of the Open Newbury days using this form.

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