Music Fest, Grizz Game Will Make For A Crowded Downtown

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(Memphis) Whether you are a music fan or a sports fan there will be lots for you do this weekend in downtown Memphis.

The same night the Beale Street Music Festival kicks off along the Mississippi, the Grizzlies will tip-off at the FedEx Forum for game six of the NBA Playoffs.

Merchants are excited about the business, but admit traffic could be a nightmare.

"It should be a wild event, even if it rains," said Ty Agee, Owner of Miss Polly's and the president of the Beale Street Merchant's Association.

Organizers are expecting more than 100,000 from around the globe to attend the three day music festival.

Beale Street Merchants say it's one of their biggest weekends, but admit with the Grizzlies in town, parking will be a mess and traffic could come to a crawl downtown.

Their best advice is to plan ahead.

"Just come early and find yourself a parking spot and if you are really smart you will have someone drop you off and just come down here and enjoy everything," said Agee..

MATA is extending Trolley Service for the Beale Street Music Festival.

Friday and Saturday, the trolley will run until 1am along Main Street and the Riverfront and until 12:30am along Madison.

It will run until 11pm on Sunday.

"The trolley will drop you off at the front gate. So, park as far north as you are comfortable in parking and let the trolley drop you off right at Beale," said Diane Hampton with the Beale Street Music Festival.

You can also park at the south entrance of the music festival and get right on I-55 and 240.