Several streets in uptown will close this weekend for Taste of Charlotte, the city’s annual food festival.
Tryon Street between Stonewall and Trade streets, and the Levine Avenue of the Arts closed at 9 a.m. Thursday as organizers and vendors set up for the festival.
Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, and Third and Fourth streets (between College Street and Church Street) will stay open until 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
Third and Fourth streets will also be open for part of the Friday morning commute, but will close after 9 a.m.
All roads will reopen at 10 p.m. Sunday.
City officials caution motorists and uptown workers to allow for additional commute time, arrive to work early and leave early, if possible, and use the Interstate 277 loop or exit closest to their location. Travelers can also use CATS buses and Lynx Blue Line light rail if they want to attend the festival or need to commute into uptown.
The festival starts at 11 a.m. Friday and ends at 6 p.m. Sunday.