Accessibility

The National Folk Festival is a celebration of music, dance, crafts, and food from around the world, and with the City of Greensboro we work to provide an event that is welcoming to participants with all levels of abilities.

The three-day National Folk Festival is free to attend and open to all members of the public.  The events take place on street level in Downtown Greensboro with roads closed off to motor vehicles throughout the weekend.  The Festival footprint runs approximately ½ mile from is southernmost point across from the Train Depot at Washington Street to its northernmost point on Elm Street in front of Wrangler headquarters.  The footprint runs about 1/3 mile from its westernmost point on Commerce Street to its easternmost point at the Greensboro History Museum.  All activities are physically accessible, but please be aware that sidewalks and streets will be crowded during the event.  Please note that some streets have a slight uphill pitch to them, especially Davie Street and Friendly Avenue.

There is plenty to see and do on your way between stages, even when those stages are blocks apart – including food vendors, crafts vendors, and other sponsored activities.

ASL INTERPRETED PERFORMANCES

The National Folk Festival offers sign interpretation for a number of performances at the event.  Look for the   symbol on the festival schedule to identify which performances will be interpreted.

Download a list of ASL Interpreted Performances

PARKING

Accessible parking spaces are available in decks and surface lots operated by the City of Greensboro.  The vehicle height limitation for each of these decks is noted.

  • Bellemeade Parking Deck at 220 North Greene Street (vehicle height limit: 7 feet, 0 inches)
  • Church Street Parking Deck at 215 North Church Street (vehicle height limit: 6 feet, 7 inches)
  • Greene Street Parking Deck at 211 South Greene Street (vehicle height limit: 6 feet, 8 inches) Note: Due to Festival street closures, please access the Greene Street Parking via Washington Street.
  • Note: The Davie Street Deck will be closed to the public during the Festival.

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.

Download and print a map highlighting options for accessible parking at the National Folk Festival.

 

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

Greensboro Transit Authority (GTA), Higher Education Area Transit (HEAT) and Specialized Community Area Transportation (SCAT) will provide free fares to attend the National Folk Festival beginning at 5pm on Friday, September 8 and ending at 6pm on Sunday, September 10. All GTA and HEAT buses are equipped for persons with disabilities including those using wheelchairs, scooters or other mobility devices. Visit ridegta.com 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.

ONCE YOU’VE ARRIVED!

A great place to start your National Folk Festival experience is at one of our Information Booths located at the following five 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)
  • Intersection pf February 1 Plaza and Greene St. near the Folklife Area (Saturday and Sunday ONLY)

RESTROOM FACILITIES

Street level accessible restrooms (portable toilets) are located at each performance venue.  Indoor accessible restrooms within the Festival site are available at public facilities including  The Greensboro Cultural Center (200 North Davie St), the Greensboro Public Library (219 North Church Street), and LeBauer Park (208 N. Davie Street).

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 info@nationalfolkfestival.com.   Please Note:  We are currently receiving a high volume of inquiries at this email address.  We will do our best to respond within 48 business hours.

SEE YOU AT THE FESTIVAL!