Unless your idea of a good time is sitting in traffic, there are some areas of Greensboro that should be avoided this weekend.

There are three events Saturday evening at the Greensboro Coliseum on Gate City Boulevard.

Country music star Alan Jackson will be performing beginning at 7 p.m., the Central Carolina Fair in the Coliseum parking lot will be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and the Greensboro Fall Home Show will be in the Special Events Center from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Those attending any of these events are advised by the Coliseum and the Greensboro Police Department to plan to arrive early and carpooling is strongly encouraged.  Those attending the Alan Jackson concert are advised to be on site and parked by 5:30 p.m.

Then there is downtown Greensboro, which is hosting the North Carolina Folk Festival from Friday through Sunday at 6:30 p.m. To accommodate the NC Folk Festival many of the streets downtown will be closed to traffic from Friday, Sept. 9 to Monday, Sept. 12.

The streets that are closed include:

East-West Streets

  • Bellemeade Street between Eugene Street and Greene Street.
  • February One Place in its entirety.
  • Friendly Avenue between Greene Street and Church Street.
  • Market Street between Eugene Street and Church Street.
  • Sternberger Place in its entirety.

North-South Streets

  • Commerce Place in its entirety.
  • Davie Street from Abe Brenner Place to Washington Street.
  • Elm Street from Abe Brenner Place to Washington Street.
  • Greene Street from Elm Street to February One Place.
  • John Wesley Way in its entirety.

Those attending the NC Folk Festival who want to avoid the hassle of traffic and parking are invited to ride a Greensboro Transit Agency (GTA) bus for free.

GTA will be providing free bus transportation from 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9 to 10 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11.