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Five things to know: Biggest block party ever

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Admission is $8 for adults; children 12 years old and younger get in free.

Beginning at 9 a.m. today, Fourth Street between Jackson and Franklin streets, and Washington Street between Third and Fifth streets will be closed to vehicle traffic. Last year’s Block Party drew about 3,000 people. Attendees are encouraged to use downtown parking garages, park on streets that are not blocked off — or bike to the event.

Biggest Block Party Ever features three stages on which 11 bands — spanning a spectrum of musical genres — will play starting at 6:15 p.m., rotating about every hour. Food, beer and wine will be available from five downtown restaurants or bars, also serving up special Block Party foods.

This event is family friendly with a Kids Zone, which runs from 6 to 9 p.m. in front of The Commons. It will feature a rock-climbing wall, an extreme trampoline jump and face painting.

The Block Party is rain-or-shine, with bands playing under covered stages. Rain is in the forecast for today and tonight, although heaviest after midnight. Activities are likely to go on, but it might be good to bring an umbrella.

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