BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — It will be a busy night at the Buffalo Waterfront as thousands of people are expected to attend the Friday Night Bash & Annual Family Campout with the Buffalo Bisons, Canalside Live concert featuring the "Arkells", 3rd Annual Cobblestone Live Music & Arts Festival, and Buffalo Brewfest 2019 at Riverworks.
Private parking lots and limited, on-street metered parking near the events are expected to fill up quickly.
Buffalo Parking Commissioner Kevin Helfer said a better option is to park just outside the congestion and take the free above-ground NFTA Metro Rail.
Not only will this option make it easier to find parking, but it also helps people get home quicker than those who are in the event zone and stuck in traffic.
HERE ARE SOME PARKING TIPS:
Come with a parking plan.
On-street parking in Buffalo's central business district is free after 5 p.m.
The NFTA above-ground section of the Metro Rail is free and runs until midnight.
NFTA park-and-ride lots at the University & LaSalle Street Stations are more convenient for people living east of downtown. The lots are free to use, but you do have to buy a ticket to ride the Metro Rail as it travels underground.
Buffalo Civic Auto Ramps offer cheaper rates and are close to Metro Rail stops in the free section.
Consider using parking lots east of Canalside and Main Street (on the far side of the Key Bank Center).
Several private parking lots near Canalside allow the use of cell phone apps to pay.
Use Uber/Lyft or carpool.
People needing to park overnight for the Buffalo Bison's Family Campout will be allowed to leave the stadium and move their cars closer (and get their camping gear) after the fireworks. Campers will then be able to park in the Bison's lot and parking ramp. (FYI- The Bison's said you DO NOT have to bring your tents & camping gear in for the game. You can get it afterwards)
WARNING: Do not park in "customer only" parking lots for businesses and the downtown Post Office. You will get a ticket!
7 Eyewitness News Reporter Ed Reilly has more in the attached video clip.