Civic Center Initiative Block Parties, It’s a Wrap!

San Francisco celebrated the final Civic Center Initiative 3rd Thursday Block Party event last week, and while the inaugural season has come to a close, it’s just the beginning of what #WeHaveInCommons.

Throughout the inaugural series, music promotion stalwarts from Another Planet Entertainment, People in Plazas, and Noise Pop were the curated an astounding array of exceptional talent. Visitors danced to Cuban all stars, shook to hip rockers, and grooved to beat bumping DJs. Off-the-Grid punched the flavor ticket, bringing food and drink. Visitors also perused museum exhibits, shopped at pop-up book stores, and got crafty with DIY workshops all in the City’s central public spaces. While you were there, you may even have noticed the trees getting wild.

In the final two events of the series, visitors rented free roller skates and with varying degrees of skill went round and round (and sometimes down) at the Church of 8 wheels roller disco. We’d be hard pressed to create a better people-watching spectacle.

3rd Thursdays grew out the greater Civic Center Initiative, a strategic effort led by the City of San Francisco and community partners to transform daily experiences in our central public spaces and create a unified, inclusive civic space. 3rd Thursdays event was a collaboration between the City of San Francisco, Another Planet Entertainment, Off the Grid, Noise Pop, and the Civic Center Community Benefit District.

We can’t wait to see City Hall turn yellow, red, and blue again for the next 3rd Thursdays in 2018. The inaugural series may be over, but is’ just a salvo, the very beginning of exploring, entertaining and engaging with what #WeHaveInCommons.

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