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Fulton Block Party Will Feature Music, Food–And Lots Of Spandex

Fulton Brewing’s North Loop taproom is getting set to host its first big outdoor event since 2019, a block party this Saturday with DJs, live bands, food trucks and lots of beer.

They’ll have 6th Avenue closed off between 4th and 5th Streets and music coming from Fulton’s patio, with DJs Manny Duke and Alex Green as well as two local bands, The Kind City and Of The Orchard set to perform.

“We want the whole party to kind of surround the music,” said Jill Drum, Fulton’s director of hospitality. “The performers will play out to the street. So while you’re waiting in line for a beer, while you’re in here ordering a burger or while you’re getting your bike, you’ll be surrounding the music.”

There’s no admission and all are welcome, but you can expect to see a lot of colorful jerseys and bike shorts in the crowd. That’s because hundreds of cyclists will be finishing their 25, 50 and 100-mile rides that afternoon, just across the street from the taproom.

The Freebike ride (formerly MN Ironman Bike Ride) is a fundraiser for Free Bikes 4 Kidz, a Minnesota non-profit that’s helped tens of thousands of underserved kids receive free bikes since 2008.

As many as 1,500 cyclists are expected to take off from Target Field Station Saturday morning, starting with the 100-mile riders at 8am. The finish line is the Ford Building in the North Loop, about a block away from the taproom.

Jill Drum says the new block party at Fulton has the potential to become an annual event. It officially kicks off at 11am on Saturday, with music starting at noon.

By Mike Binkley, North Loop volunteer

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