The Artery Grand Opening


The Hopkins community is throwing a party to celebrate the new multi-modal connection on 8th Avenue! The family-friendly event will feature games, art and biking – all taking place in the street between Mainstreet and Excelsior Boulevard.


Saturday, June 2, 2018
Beginning at noon on 8th Avenue South

A ribbon cutting will be held at noon with birthday cake to celebrate Hopkins' 125th birthday!

In the event of rain, the grand opening will be cancelled. 



  • Grab a loaner bike from the Three Rivers Park District and test out the new bike lanes 
  • Hear from the artists who created art for the Artery
    • 2 and 3 p.m.: James Brenner, the artist who created the sculpture in front of the Moline at 8th Avenue S and Excelsior Boulevard, will speak about the inspiration behind his piece
    • 2:30 and 3:30 p.m.: Stan Sears will talk about his dragonfly wing road closure piece 
  • Participate in public art projects
    • Bring a 4x6 photo depicting your life in Hopkins in 2018 for the Community Photo Album!
  • Listen to live music
    • Noon to 1:30 p.m. The Hopkins Westwind Concert Band Chamber groups will perform in front of the Moline
    • Noon to 12:40 p.m.: The Depot Collective band will perform at the Artery plaza
    • 1 to 1:40 p.m.: Rhyme or Reason will perform at the Artery plaza
  • Play a variety of games, including table tennis, cornhole, giant Jenga and more
  • Bring donations to Stuff the Squad for the ICA Food Shelf
  • Enjoy mini raspberry sundaes scooped by Hopkins Activity Center volunteers