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.
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.
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.