Produced by the Arts Council of Princeton with participation from the students of Princeton University and support from the town of Princeton, Communiversity ArtsFest features over 200 booths showcasing original art and contemporary crafts, unique merchandise and culinary masterpieces from local chefs, plus six stages of continuous live entertainment. The Spring of 2019 will mark our 49th year, drawing over 40,000 art lovers and fun seekers to downtown Princeton making it Central New Jersey’s largest and longest running cultural event.
How do I get there and where can I park?
Parking can be a challenge in Princeton on Communiversity ArtsFest day! Plan your approach in advance with these helpful tips.
Park & Ride
The Princeton Shopping Center will provide free shuttle service into downtown Princeton for Communiversity ArtsFest attendees from 12:30 pm to 6:30 pm.
For convenience, the shuttle busses will pick up and drop off
passengers in three clearly marked locations as listed below:
1. 237 North Harrison Street – next to the Princeton First Aid
and Rescue Squad building. Please park at nearby
Princeton Shopping Center, 301 North Harrison St
and then walk over to the Princeton First Aid and
Rescue Squad building
2. 400 Witherspoon Street – Municipal Building’s Parking Lot
3. Corner of Witherspoon and Wiggins Streets
On Campus Parking
Princeton University parking lots are open to the public and free on Communiversity day. We encourage attendees to take advantage of parking options at the North Garage, Ivy Lane parking lots and West Garage. These lots are just a short walk to the event site. You can view a detailed University parking map here.
Valet your bike! See below for the two bike valet locations:
HiTops @ 21 Wiggins Street
4 Mercer Road @ Nassau Street
Communiversity takes place in the heart of Princeton where there are several garages that will be open on Chambers Street and Spring Street. There are many street parking options as well.
Avoid the traffic and parking hassles altogether by taking New Jersey Transit. NJ Transit has several bus routes that come through Princeton, including Montgomery – Princeton – Quakerbridge Mall, and Princeton – Plainsboro.
Are restrooms available?
Yes! There are portable restrooms as indicated on the event map. In addition, the Arts Council of Princeton’s Paul Robeson Center opens its doors and its facilities to all Communiversity fans. There are also restroom facilities available on Princeton University campus.
Is there an entry fee to the festival?
The Arts Council of Princeton’s mission is Building Community Through the Arts; therefore, Communiversity Festival of the Arts is always a FREE community event.
What does “Communiversity” mean?
Communiversity is a marriage of the words that make the Princeton area special. Community, Unity, Universe, Diversity, University.
Is there a lost and found and First Aid station?
During the festival the Princeton Police Department will man a Command Center on Nassau Street across from the newsstand kiosk and J Crew.
How about pets?
Communiversity welcomes leashed, friendly and well-mannered pets.
Is there a recycling program?
Yes, we encourage all visitors to use the recycling cans provided throughout the event site. We are working with Sustainable Princeton to make this event as environmentally friendly as possible.
How do I apply for a booth at this festival?
Applications are available online. Submissions are accepted until the beginning of February and then a jury makes selections for each area: artists/crafters, food vendors, merchants, non-profits and performers. Preference is given to local and regional applicants, showcasing the best this area has to offer.
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