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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- This Labor Day, crews building sound stages is just about the only work going on in downtown Greensboro.

"We're building stages, platforms; tents are going up," said Amy Grossmann, festival director at ArtsGreensboro. "There will also be more street closures in the next few days so crews can build more stages."

It's “go time” for getting downtown ready for this weekend's much-anticipated National Folk Festival. More than 100,000 people are expected to attend the free three-day festival. Some 300 musicians, dancers, storytellers and craftspeople will perform on seven stages from Friday through Sunday.

Festival organizers hope people will have their plans for getting to the festival down pat before Friday.

"All of GTA's buses are free during those days. Instead of running every hour like usual, they will run every half-hour. So anywhere in the city at those routes, people can ride the bus into downtown for free. Also, there is satellite parking at the Greensboro Coliseum and at War Memorial Stadium. From there, people can ride shuttles into downtown," said Grossmann.

If you'd like an insider look at the festival, volunteer! There are already about 900 volunteers, but organizers say more are needed. Just go to the festival website and sign up before Wednesday. On the website, you can choose your preference for how you'd like to help.

"It's a great way to be more of a part of all the excitement. We can't do this without the volunteers. Most shifts are from three to four hours. It's a great thing for a group of girlfriends to do or families. They also get a free T-shirt." said Grossmann.