By Car

  • From Eastbound and Westbound 40: Use exit 218-B Freeman Mill Road; continue northbound and follow directional signage to Festival Parking
  • From Southbound 29: Exit on Gate City Boulevard (Lee Street); proceed westbound to Elm Street; turn right on Elm Street and follow directional signage to Festival Parking
  • From Bryan Boulevard/US 220 Battleground Avenue: Continue southbound to Smith Street and follow directional signage to Priority Festival Parking

Fly Easy! PTI Airport

Located just 12 miles from downtown Greensboro and the heart of the North Carolina Folk Festival, Piedmont Triad International Airport is served by major airlines including US Air, American/American Eagle, Delta, United, Frontier, and Allegiant. The third-largest airport in North Carolina, PTI offers easy check-in, easy baggage claim, easy screening, and easy parking.

By GTA Bus

All 16 of GTA’s daily routes and seven Sunday routes begin and end in the heart of the North Carolina Folk Festival at the Galyon Depot in downtown Greensboro!

Use Google Transit to plan your route.


Greensboro Transit Authority (GTA), Higher Education Area Transit (HEAT) and Specialized Community Area Transportation (SCAT) provide a public transportation option to attend the North Carolina Folk Festival. All GTA and HEAT buses are equipped for persons with disabilities including those using wheelchairs, scooters or other mobility devices. Visit for route maps, schedules and to view our live bus tracker. SCAT bus services specifically for persons with disabilities are available for current qualified users only by calling the normal reservations line.


By Bicycle

A monitored, covered bike parking area will be set up at the Festival site (at Market Street and Elm Street). Bike Parking is free, but you need to bring your own bicycle lock.

Note: Bicyclists must walk their bike along all streets closed for the festival.

Ride along one of the City’s signed bicycle routes — #3, 6, 9 — that go through downtown Greensboro. Google Maps also has a feature for providing directions by bicycle.

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.

Take The Train

The Greensboro Depot station is conveniently located in Downtown Greensboro! 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.


Three parking decks will be open for a flat rate of $10 per day on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to street closures for the Festival, please note the specific instructions below for accessing each of the downtown decks.

  • Bellemeade Street Deck (220 N. Greene St.) can be accessed by traffic heading south on Greene Street
  • Greene Street Deck (211 S. Greene St.) can be accessed by traffic heading south on Greene Street
  • Church Street Deck (215 N. Church St.) can be accessed by traffic heading both north and south on Church Street

If traveling in a vehicle that exceeds the height limitations of downtown parking decks, there are three surface lots that will be available for accessible parking: 

  • Hanes-Lineberry Surface Lot (515 North Elm Street) – managed by the Mayor’s Committee for Persons with Disabilities
  • Commerce Surface Lot (210 Commerce Place) – This lot is first-come, first served. May be accessed via Friendly Avenue.
  • Galyon Depot Surface Lot (236 E. Washington Street) – This lot is first-come, first-served. May be accessed via Washington Street.

Accessible parking is available in downtown surface lots and in all City-operated decks (on ground floors and near elevators on upper floors). Additional accessible spaces are available on streets interspersed throughout downtown.


Festival-goers can once again use the Park & Ride option this year by parking at War Memorial Stadium (510 Yanceyville St.) and riding the designated bus to a convenient location downtown.

Shuttle Hours

Friday: 4pm – 12am
Saturday: 10am – 12am
Sunday: 11am – 9pm

Once You've Arrived

A great place to start your North Carolina Folk Festival experience is at one of our Information Booths located at the following locations throughout the festival site:

  • Intersection of Lindsay St. and Elm St. near the Wrangler Stage
  • Intersection of Commerce Pl. and Bellemeade St. near the Lawn Stage
  • Intersection of February 1 Plaza and Davie St. between the Dance Pavilion and CityStage
  • Intersection of Brenner Pl. and Davie St. near the LeBauer Park Stage (Saturday and Sunday ONLY)


While some of the Festival’s stages will have folding seats available on a first-come, first-served basis, to guarantee that you have a seat at every location, we encourage you to bring your own portable chair.

Questions or Comments?

For recorded information, please call the City of Greensboro’s Accessibility Information Line at(336) 335-5500. If you have questions about items not included on this page please email