It happens this time every year. Downtown Binghamton comes to life as students move into their dorms, LUMA Festival lights up our buildings, and music fills the air at the confluence of the Susquehanna and Chenango rivers with the Blues on the Bridge Festival, a completely free to attend festival which offers a way to relax and forget about life while enjoying free entertainment.

This year marks the 18th year for Blues on the Bridge, a family-friendly event which will be held at the corner of Riverside Drive and Washington Street in Binghamton on Sunday, September 8th from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Blues on the Bridge is expected to draw thousands of people from Binghamton and beyond with an offering of dozens of musicians, bands, vendors, and a day of fun for all ages with free admission!

Please note that if you're planning to travel Riverside Drive toward Downtown Binghamton on Sunday, September 8th, you'll need to plan an alternate route and allow yourself a little extra travel time because the road will be closed for the Blues on the Bridge Festival. This is a peek at what traffic is expected to look like in the area of the festival:

[via Blues on the Bridge Festival]