HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - A number of big entertainment events planned in the capital city have police preparing for a busy weekend.

Tens of thousands of people are expected to pack Hartford for a powerhouse line-up of events. 

The Riverfront Food Festival is just one of many events happening on Saturday. 

"We're all walking distance of each other. We got the Yard Goats up the street. So, there's a lot of stuff going on, especially with soccer now. It's exciting," said Dave Mascolo, Trumbull Kitchen. 

On top of that, 7,000 fans will pack Dillon Stadium for the Hartford Athletic first game; 15,000 fans will be at the Xfinity Theatre, and 11,000 people are expected to attend ConnectiCon

Police said they expect to be so busy that they updated the public about how they plan to keep everyone safe.

"At this particular time, we're looking at the most traffic coming into the city between the hours of 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.," said Lt. Paul Cicero, Hartford Police Department. 

With an influx of people, parking will be limited. So, the state's Department of Transportation is stepping in. 

"We're encouraging travelers who are coming to downtown Hartford to use public transportation," said Rich Andreski, Bureau Chief of Transportation for CT DOT. 

Travelers can expect an increase in service hours, whether using the dash shuttle or Hartford line

Other entertainment events on tap in Hartford include a Wiz Khalifa concert, a Hartford Yard Goats baseball game, Riverfront Fireworks show, and a Cirque du Soleil show.

State Police released information on the upcoming weekend and how to best deal with the traffic. The agency released the best advised traffic routes: 

Dillion Stadium Soccer 

I91 South – Exit 27 (Airport Road Exit) 

I91 North – Exit 27 (Airport Road / Brainard Road Exit)

Xfinity Theater (Wiz Khalifa Concert) 

I91 South – Exit 33 (Jennings Road) follow signs 

I91 North – Exit 33 (Jennings Road) follow signs

Connecticon (Convention Center) 

I91 South – Exit 29A (Capitol Area) take 1st exit for Columbus Blvd – Convention CTR 

I91 North – Exit 29A (Capitol Area) take 1st exit for Columbus Blvd – Convention CTR

Yard Goats Baseball, Cirque Du Soleil, and Fireworks 

Use the downtown area exits. Follow signs for Yard Goats and Cirque which will be at all major intersections around the venues.

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