FAQ: Get Downtown 2016

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This year's Get Downtown event is jam-packed with new and exciting things! So whether you are a Get Downtown pro or a newbie, we want to make sure and answer all your important questions to help you get the most our of your festival experience. 

Where can I find _____________ business/food truck/band/bathrooms/bus stop?

Great question! Although some of you might be happy to wander and observe, others might be looking for your favorite downtown business, food truck, band, etc. Check our our Get Downtown 2016 Map below, or go ahead and download a copy to print or save on your phone. Looking for the full bock-by-block list? Go to our Get Downtown 2016 website - this will be your guide during the event, so make sure to put www.getdowntownlynchburg.com into your favorites on your smartphone. 

Get Downtown 2016 Map
Get Downtown 2016 Map

Where should I park?

With over 10,000 people coming to downtown, it's a good idea to stake out your parking situation in advance. We have secured eight public parking lots and three private parking lots for your convenience. Please see map above for parking lot locations. Alternatively, avoid the downtown traffic entirely by parking in one of our two remote parking lots! GLTC will be providing a continuously running shuttle from two off-site lots starting from 5:30pm and ending at 9:30pm. 

Remote Parking Lot 1
Remote Parking Lot 1

JAMES RIVER CONFERENCE CENTER SHUTTLE

Park your car at the City of Lynchburg lot located next to the old James River Conference Center and ride the shuttle to and from Monument Terrace in downtown Lynchburg. 

First pickup from lot: 5:30pm

Last pickup from downtown: 9:30pm

Bus will loop continuously, roughly every 30 minutes. 

We have also secured 8 public lots and 3 private lots to help you find parking more easily. See map above for exact locations. 

Remote Parking Lot 2
Remote Parking Lot 2

MADISON HEIGHTS SHUTTLE

Park your car at the Goodwill Workforce Development Center lot located next to Lowes in Madison Heights, and ride the shuttle to and from Monument Terrace in downtown Lynchburg. 

First pickup from lot: 5:30pm

Last pickup from downtown: 9:30pm

Bus will loop continuously, roughly every 30 minutes. 

WHAT TIME IS MY FAVORITE BAND PLAYING?

We have three performance stages this year, with many live performances scheduled for each. Once again, all of this information can be accessed during the event at www.getdowntownlynchburg.com.

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WHERE DID ALL THE FOOD GO?

Don't worry, we've got lots of food! But this year, you will find most of the food vendors on the side streets to help with traffic flow. As you walk down Main Street, look up the side streets and you will see all of your favorites. 

where can i sit and eat?

The Lynchburg Community Market is your best bet. They will have some picnic tables, as well as some standing tables where their farmstands are traditionally located. 

IS THIS EVENT FAMILY-FRIENDLY?

Heck yes! We are providing lots of kids' activities this year, including the Way Crunchy Kids' Zone! Located in the Lynchburg Community Market plaza, the Kids Zone will have all kinds of hands-on fun:

  • There will be plenty of free fun for kids: an art area, carnival games with prizes, hula hoops, a reading area, and baby pools full of dry corn (sensory bin/sand box). There will even be a mermaid! Plus, thanks to Enchanting Entertainment, kids can get close to superheros and princesses..
  • A buddy band station will be provided to attach important info to your child to keep them safe in the crowd.
  • The Way Crunchy Store will be in full effect with souvenirs, vintage children's clothing, and other goodies available for purchase. 
  • The Way Crunchy Zone will also feature a "Breastfeeding Oasis" sponsored by F. Read Hopkins Pediatrics with a place for Mothers to grab a seat to feed their babies in a quite place. 

What is there to do after the event?

Lots! There are post-festival events and activities at The Glass House, RA Bistro, Yoga Goodness, the Academy Center of the Arts, Favored Flavors and Terrace View at the Bank of the James! Check out the details on the Get Downtown 2016 website.

can i bring my super-friendly dog/cat/bird/llama?

No. While we love pets as much as you do, an event this size is simply not pet-friendly. Our number one goal is to provide a safe environment for all festival-goers, and mixing animals with other animals, a large crowd, and small children, would make that difficult. If you bring an animal you will be asked to leave or wait outside the event. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding. 

CAN I COME AND SET UP A TABLE AT THE EVENT?

No. We stopped accepting vendor applications in August. If you would like to participate in next year's festival, please make sure to submit an application when they open in May 2017. 

I don't see my question. 

First, check the  Get Downtown 2016 website to see if the information you need is online. If not, send your question to us via Facebook and we will add it to our FAQ. Thanks!