Spiedie Fest Parking and Traffic Information
Planning to attend the 2018 Spiedie Fest and Balloon Rally at Otsiningo Park this Friday, August 3rd through Sunday, August 5th? Save yourself some time and aggravation by being aware of traffic conditions and where to park before you go!
On-site parking is NOT available for the general public at Otsiningo Park.
Parking for Spiedie Fest is located in the Broome Community College (BCC) which is on Front Street in Binghamton. There will be a $5 charge to park (per car), so bring cash. Included in the cost of parking is a shuttle bus which will take you from BCC to Otsiningo Park and back throughout the whole weekend. Handicapped parking IS available at BCC.
Parking at the BCC lot will be available on Friday from 2 p.m. to 10:30 p.m, Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
New York State Police, the Broome County Sheriff's Department, and Binghamton Police Department will be working together to make sure traffic flows the best that it can.
Keep in mind the ramp from Route 11/Front Street which accesses I-81 northbound will be closed. Also, message boards will be placed on I-81 (north and south) and I-88 (Westbound connector) as you approach Otsiningo Park. These signs will serve as a reminder that you're not allowed to park on the shoulder of either major highway.
No parking whatsoever will be allowed Front or Bevier Streets. If you decide to chance it and park on either street, be prepared to be towed.
Shoulder closures will also exist along Bevier Street and you're encouraged to pay attention and be extra cautious while driving in that area as there will be a large number of people walking in that area.
If you'd like to catch one of the morning balloon (depending on the weather) launches, you can take advantage of free parking at Roosevelt School, which is just across the bridge from the park.
While you might be planning to spend the whole day at Spiedie Fest and want to be prepared for whatever the day might throw your way, keep in mind that backpacks, bags, and any other container larger than 14 x 14 x 16 are not allowed on festival grounds. You and whatever you bring onto the grounds will most likely be screened/inspected by security.
Under no circumstances are you allowed to bring in a firearm (even if you've got a permit), alcohol, illegal substances, or any other dangerous weapons.