GREENSBORO, N.C. -- If you're heading downtown this weekend, expect a lot of food, fun and music.
The National Folk Festival kicks off for its second year in Greensboro. Here are a few things you should know about the event. It starts Friday, September 9 and goes until Sunday, September 11 in downtown Greensboro.
List of events, performers, locations, and cost click on National Folks Festival
Parking is free!
But if you don't want to deal with the traffic, the GTA is offering free rides to and from any bus stop to the festival.
Here's the best way to navigate. (Info from festival's website)
Directions & Parking
The National Folk Festival will be held outdoors in downtown Greensboro. Download the National Folk Festival map
For information about street closures in Greensboro around the National Folk Festival, please visit the City of Greensboro website at www.greensboro-nc.gov/folkfestival.
By Car: Parking Is Easy in Downtown Greensboro!
Three of the City’s four parking decks, located in the central business district, will be open throughout the Festival for a flat rate of $10. (The Davie Street deck will closed to the public and reserved for official festival use over the weekend.) The decks, located on Church, Greene, and Bellemeade Streets, offer up to 2,300 parking spaces and will likely fill up quickly each day. Find the locations of the parking decks at greensboro-nc.gov/ParkingDecks.
Accessible parking is available in the three City-owned decks mentioned above and surface lots in downtown Greensboro. Reserved accessible spots in City-owned decks are accessible on ground floor locations and near elevators.
Additional reserved accessible spaces will be available on the street interspersed throughout downtown.
We’re teaming up with Uber to give you a convenient and affordable way to get to and from the National Folk Festival. With Uber you can get a ride anywhere in the Piedmont Triad at the touch of a button.
If you’re riding with Uber to the National Folk Festival this weekend, keep in mind that many roads in Downtown Greensboro will be closed for the event. We’d recommend getting dropped off and picked up at one of the following areas:
- Near the Wells Fargo Family Area (E Lindsay Street at N Church Street)
- Near the Wrangler Stage (E Lindsay Street between N Greene Street and N Elm Street)
- Near the Lawn Stage (Bellemeade Street at N Eugene Street)
- Near the Folklife Area (E Washington Street at S Greene Street)
- Near the Dance Pavilion (N Church Street between Hughes Street and E Sycamore Street)
Don’t forget to call or text your driver to confirm your location!
SPECIAL PROMOTION! Don’t have Uber yet? New users can download the app and sign up with the promo code FOLK2016 to get $20 off their first ride. Sign up here: https://get.uber.com/go/FOLK2016
By GTA Bus
Starting at 3 pm on Friday, September 9, all 16 of GTA’s daily routes and seven Sunday routes will offer free trips beginning at any GTA bus stop. All routes begin and end in the heart of the National Folk Festival at the Galyon Depot in downtown Greensboro. Use Google Transit to plan your route. (Note: Google Transit does not reflect added frequency along Park ‘n Ride routes for Festival weekend.)
FREE Park ‘n Ride Lot/Shuttle Information
Park for free at designated Park ‘n Ride lots and take GTA for free to and from downtown! Lot locations are:
- War Memorial Stadium, 510 Yanceyville St.
- Across the street from the Greensboro Coliseum Complex, at the corner of Gate City Boulevard and Chapman Street.
- A monitored, covered bike parking area will be set up at the ground level of the Davie Street Parking Deck. Bike parking is FREE, but you must bring your own bicycle lock.
- Ride along one of the City’s signed bicycle routes—#3, 6, or 9—that go through downtown Greensboro.Google Maps also has a feature for providing bicycle directions.
- Participate in group rides that will leave from different areas of the City and head to downtown Greensboro. Check Triad Ride List.
- Learn more about bicycle safety, and remember to obey the rules of the road, ride predictably, and wear a helmet. If riding at night, have a white front light and a red rear light for visibility.
- NOTE: Bicyclists must WALK their bikes along streets closed for the Festival.
Take the Train
The Greensboro Depot station is located directly across the street from the Dance Pavilion! Festival-goers may hop on a train in Boston, New York, Washington, Raleigh, or Charlotte—or anywhere in-between—and get off in downtown Greensboro, right in the middle of the Festival. Amtrak and NC by Train are providing a 20% discount to all passengers traveling to and from Greensboro from September 9 -11, 2016, for the National Folk Festival. To receive this discount, passengers must book their trips online at Amtrak.com/Save20.
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