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 for a bit while enjoying free musical entertainment.

This year marks the 17th year for Blues on the Bridge, a family-friendly event which is held at the corner of Riverside Drive and Washington Street in Binghamton. Perhaps you've seen the banners hanging on the bridge and felt disappointed that you missed the festival. You haven't. Blues on the Bridge was originally scheduled for Sunday, September 9th, but due to some iffy weather, it was postponed to this Sunday, September 16th.

At Blues on the Bridge, you’ll be treated to more than 200 musicians, 12 bands, 100 vendors, and a day of fun with free admission!

Please note that if you're unable to attend the festival but are planning to travel Riverside Drive toward Downtown Binghamton this Sunday to get someplace, 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 what traffic is expected to look like in the area of the festival:

[via Blues on the Bridge Festival]