Friday will mark the start of the 25th South End Art Hop. The annual event has grown to attract over 30,000 guests from across the Northeast and Canada to check out amazing exhibits from local artists in Burlington’s South End.
With such a large event, there will be closures and changes to the normal transportation system in the South End. A portion of Pine Street will be closed to vehicle traffic on Friday night from 6-10 p.m. There will be no parking or vehicle traffic from Howard Street to Kilburn Avenue during this time.
Please note that roadwork continues on Saint Paul Street; traffic on Saint Paul is only flowing southbound between Main and Maple streets. People traveling northbound on Pine Street to the Art Hop, will find detour signage directing them to access downtown via South Union street. Visitors traveling into Burlington from the south will see digital signage at the Shelburne Road roundabout helping redirect them away from Saint Paul Street. Both South Union Street or South Willard Avenue are the best routes for accessing downtown from the Shelburne Roundabout.
Guests are encouraged to utilize active transportation for the event, but free parking will be available at Champlain Elementary School on Pine Street and the Innovation Center Parking Lot on Lakeside Avenue. Free shuttles will be running Friday night and making stops at VCAM (208 Flynn Avenue), Lake Champlain Chocolates, The Innovation Center on Lakeside Avenue, and Dealer.com.
For Cyclists, free bike valet parking from Local Motion will be available in front of the Maltex Building on Friday. Guests can drop off and pick up their bikes from 6-10pm.
The 2017 Edition of the Art Hop will continue this legacy with local pop up art galleries, a fashion show and local artist market. To mark the special anniversary, this year will feature a Founders Exhibit to feature some of the original artists and individuals who helped bring the Art Hop in to existence back in 1992.