Communiversity

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Communiversity, an arts festival designed for hands-on fun, art, music and food, is expected to have estimated crowd of 40,000 people descend into downtown Princeton.

This can make getting to and around the festival tricky for those who attend the popular event that will be on center stage this Sunday, April 28, in Princeton.

Arts Council of Princeton officials who organize the spring event said there are multiple ways people can get to the event with parking being at a premium.

“From the Princeton Shopping Center we run a shuttle to the festival. Local residents and people should walk to the event,” said Jim Levine, Executive Director of the Arts Council. “We also have two bike valets, where people can store their bikes safely. We encourage those who are in town to bike if they can.”

The festival will have two bike valet areas. One will be in the HiTops parking lot on N. Tulane St. and the other at 4 Mercer Rd at Nassau St, officials said.

According to Levine, the Communiversity shuttle will transport people from the shopping center to the festival entrance at the corner of Wiggins Street and Witherspoon Street from 12:30-6:30 p.m.

The Chambers Street Garage located on Chambers Street and Kinney Garage on Hulfish Street will be open for parking as well for people driving in, officials said.

People will be able to also easily navigate through the festival this year by using an app that was developed by a Princeton High School junior, Caleb Dubow.

Caleb said not only will the app help people navigate to different booths throughout Communiversity, it will also have the location information of public transportation, parking, and bathrooms.

“We have a sidebar included in the app that has a tab for restrooms, we have one for transportation, as well as, parking and children activities. We jus have a lot of special features that I think will be very helpful,” he said.

The 2019 Communiversity ArtsFest App can be downloaded from the App Store or on Google Play, according to officials.

“The arts festival has been organized by the Princeton Arts Council for 49 years, with the focus being on art,” said Levine.

He said the festival began in 1970.

“In 1970, the Arts Council decided to have an art people party in front of Nassau Hall at Princeton University,” he said. “It has grown since then. In the mid 80s, the name was changed to Communiversity. At that time, that is when students of Princeton University became involved with organizing events on campus and the arts council organizing events in the middle of town for the day long festival.”

For more information about the event and parking, visit artscouncilofprinceton.org or call 609-924-8777.

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