The North Carolina Folk Festival kicks off at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 10 and ends Sunday, Sept. 12 at 6 p.m.

For those who enjoy a wide variety of live music, good food and beverages, crafts and being outdoors in what is supposed to be beautiful weather, this is a great weekend to spend in downtown Greensboro.

However, if you are attempting to navigate through downtown Greensboro in a motorized vehicle it’s a good weekend to stay away from the center city, and even bicyclists are asked to walk their bikes through the area where streets are closed.

It’s also not a good place to walk your dog this weekend as people are asked not to bring their four legged companions to the NC Folk Festival.

Part of Commerce Place was closed on Friday, Sept 3 and even a portion of Market Street was closed Tuesday, Sept. 8.

But those are small potatoes when compared to the street closures that begin Friday, Sept. 10.

Downtown Greensboro is more or less closed to traffic from Bellemeade on the north to Washington Street on the south and from Church Street on the east to Eugene Street on the west.

However, parking is available at four of the city downtown parking decks and will be accessible during the festival for a flat rate of $10 per day.  The decks that are open are the new Eugene Street parking deck across Bellemeade Street from the First National Bank Stadium, the Bellemeade Street deck between North Elm Street and North Greene Street, the Church Street deck next to the Central Library and the Greene Street deck, which is accessible from Washington Street.

For those who don’t want to hassle with parking at all, in support of the NC Folk Festival riding any Greensboro Transit Agency bus is free from 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10 to 10 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 12.

All the streets downtown are scheduled to be reopened by 6 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 13.