The North Carolina Folk Festival takes place within the streets of downtown Greensboro – with activities and venues on both paved and grass/park surfaces, and one activity inside the Greensboro Cultural Center. Information about the site and accessing various components of the festival follows.
Parking garages and surface lots operated by the City of Greensboro designate disability parking spaces to those with disability plates and placards. Parking Fee is $10 per vehicle, per day during the festival.
- View information about all City-operated parking in downtown Greensboro
- IMPORTANT: Due to festival-related street closures, parking in the Davie Street Deck will NOT be available during festival weekend.
- List and direct links to Public Parking Decks (view info about additional options in surface lots)
- Bellemeade Parking Deck (1,276 spaces) at 220 North Greene Street: vehicle height limit is 7 feet, 0 inches.
- Church Street Parking Deck (417 spaces) at 215 North Church Street: vehicle height limit is 6 feet, 7 inches.
- Greene Street Parking Deck (706 spaces) at 211 South Greene Street: vehicle height limit is 6 feet, 8 inches.
- Eugene Street Parking Deck (948 spaces) at 215 North Eugene Street
- Davie Parking Deck at 109 East Market Street – CLOSED to PUBLIC during NC Folk Fest from Sept 9-11.
Disability Parking for Oversized Vehicles
If traveling in a vehicle that exceeds the height limitations of the parking garages, there are two surface lots that will be available for accessible parking:
- Hanes-Lineberry surface lot at 515 North Elm Street. Managed by the Mayor’s Committee for Persons with Disabilities.
- Galyon Depot surface lot at 236 East Washington Street. This lot is first-come, first-served. May be accessed via Washington Street.
Festival Stages and Activities
The North Carolina Folk Festival takes place almost entirely outdoors – hosting four performance stages, a family activities area, a participatory music jam space, and a crafts marketplace. There is a single indoor space hosting official festival activities inside the Greensboro Cultural Center. A description of each follows:
- CityStage: Located on a paved parking lot owned by Lincoln Financial Group at the corner of East Market Street and North Davie Street. CityStage will be tented – covering both performance and audience spaces, with lots of room for audiences to spill out into areas outside the covered area. This paved area is slightly sloped – with the highest area closest to Davie Street slightly sloping down to the east where the performance stage is located under the tent. Wheelchairs and other mobility units may access the site near the corner of Davie Street and Market Street – just to the east of the corner sidewalk curb cut along Market Street. Look for the entrance to the CityStage that is marked with signs (and is unobstructed by the small cement barriers built into the lot.)
- Cone Health Stage at LeBauer Park: Located in LeBauer Park at the intersection of North Davie Street and Summit Avenue. LeBauer Park was recently constructed and contains both paved and grassy areas. The Cone Health Stage where festival performances will take place is situated on the flat area of this public park closest to Davie Street – with an audience area that is not covered by a tent. There are many curb cuts and wide access points to LeBauer Park from North Davie Street.
- Lawn Stage: Located on a grassy area owned by Elon University at the corner of Bellemeade Street and Commerce Place. Lawn Stage will be tented – covering both performance and audience spaces, with room for audiences to spill out into areas outside the covered area. The grassy lawn is flat. Wheelchairs and other mobility units may access the site at on the Commerce Place (western) side of the tent. Look for the unobstructed entrance to the Lawn Stage that is marked with signs.
- Old Courthouse Stage: Located on Market Street at the intersection with John Wesley Way (between Eugene and Greene Streets). The Old Courthouse Stage is situated directly on Market Street – a paved street that will be closed to vehicular traffic during the festival to accommodate festival-goers – with an audience area that is not covered by a tent. Wheelchairs and other mobility units may access the site by directly approaching the stage via the paved street.
- Family Activities Area: Located in Government Plaza at the intersection of South Greene Street and West February 1 Place. The Family Activities Area is situated on both paved and grassy areas within Government Plaza. Crafts activities and games will be hosted both in tented and un-tented spaces. Wheelchairs and other mobility units may access the area via sidewalk from Market Street marked by directional signs pointing to the Family Activities Area, OR via Greene Street which will be closed to vehicular traffic during the Festival.
- Center City Jams: Located in Center City Park along Friendly Avenue between Elm Street and Davie Street. Center City Jams will be tented and situated in the grassy Oval Lawn at the Pavilion on Center City Park’s western side along Elm Street. Wheelchairs and other mobility units may access the park from the many curb cuts and sidewalks surrounding the park – and make your way to the Center City Jams tent via paved pathways to the Oval Lawn.
- Dance at the Van Dyke: Located indoors in the Van Dyke Performance Space within the Greensboro Cultural Center at the intersection of Friendly Avenue and Davie Street. Dance at the Van Dyke is situated on the 1st floor of the Greensboro Cultural Center. Wheelchairs and other mobility units may access the Van Dyke by entering the Greensboro Cultural Center from its Davie Street entrance and taking the elevator down one floor; OR via paved pathways marked with directional signs to the Van Dyke from LeBauer Park that will guide folks to the 1st floor entrance to the Cultural Center and Van Dyke Performance Space. Dance activities in the space will take place on the sprung dance floor with additional ground-level space for viewing and additional participation.
Regrettably, the North Carolina Folk Festival is not able to provide transportation services to attendees during the festival.
The North Carolina Folk Festival provides accessible-designated port-a-johns around the festival site to supplement ADA accessible facilities at LeBauer Park and the Greensboro Cultural Center. Additional facilities are available in private and other businesses in downtown Greensboro – subject to the business owner’s rules for use of their private facilities. Where to find accessible restroom facilities provided by the Festival and with the City of Greensboro during our event:
- At CityStage: Port-a-johns at the intersection of Market Street and Davie Street (southeast corner).
- At Cone Health Stage and Center City Jams: Port-a-johns on Davie Street.
- In LeBauer Park: Public Restrooms within LeBauer Park.
- At Lawn Stage: Port-a-johns on Sternberger at intersection with Commerce Place.
- At Old Courthouse Stage AND Family Activities Area: Port-a-johns on Greene Street at intersection with Market Street.
- At Dance at the Van Dyke in the Greensboro Cultural Center: Public Restrooms on all floors of the Greensboro Cultural Center.
ASL Interpreted Performances
In partnership with Communication Services for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing (CSDHH), we will provide American Sign Language interpretation of these select festival performances:
Friday, September 9:
- 7:00pm – Soultrii, at the Cone Health Stage at LeBauer Park
- 9:00pm – Sam Bush, at CityStage
Saturday, September 10:
- 1:30pm – Big Bang Boom, at Lawn Stage
- 2:45pm – Symphony Unbound with Dori Freeman, at Lawn Stage
- 5:30pm – Karan Casey, at the Cone Health Stage at LeBauer Park
- 7:00pm – Black Opry Revue, at the Lawn Stage
- 9:00pm – George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, at CityStage
Sunday, September 11:
- 2:15p – Caleb Serrano, at Old Courthouse Stage
- 3:30pm – Futurebirds, at CityStage
- 5:00pm – The Rumble, at Old Courthouse Stage
- 5:30pm – BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, at CityStage
Thank you to our accessibility sponsor Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina for supporting our efforts to make the festival more accessible and inclusive for everyone to enjoy.