The North Carolina Folk Festival kicks off at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9 in downtown Greensboro, and over 100,000 people are expected to attend.

The music stops on Friday at 10:30 p.m. but starts up again on Saturday, Sept. 10 at noon and runs to 10:30 p.m.  On Sunday, Sept. 11 the festival begins at noon and the three-day festival ends at 6:30 p.m.

The three-day music and folklife festival will be held rain or shine.  Everyone is hoping for plenty of shine, but a few showers won’t halt the festival.  However, more severe weather may result in a pause and some rescheduling.

The music is free, but the NC Folk Festival does accept donations and offers attendees plenty of opportunities to donate if they so desire.

And for those who have money burning a hole in their pocket, there are over 40 vendors at Makers Marketplace at the NC Folk Festival selling everything from musical instruments and pottery to soap.  There will also be a wide variety of food and drink vendors on site at the festival.

Most of the performances will take place on the four main stages:  The Lawn Stage at Commerce Place and Bellemeade Street; The Cone Health Stage at LeBauer Park on Davie Street; The Old Courthouse Stage on West Market Street between Eugene Street and Greene Street; and City Stage between East Market Street and East Friendly Avenue and Davie Street and Church Street.

The performance schedule for three days of music is too long to list, but it can be accessed here:

On street parking is free, if you can find a spot.  Four city parking decks will be open for the NC Folk Festival for a flat rate of $10 per day: Bellemeade Parking Deck at 220 N. Greene St.; Church Street Parking Deck at 215 N. Church St.; Greene Street Parking Deck at 211 S. Greene St.; and Eugene Street Parking Deck at 215 N. Eugene St.

The Davie Street Parking Deck will be closed to the public for the festival.

If you like to listen to music sitting down, you are advised to bring your own chair as seating is limited and on a first come, first served basis.