MARTINSVILLE – The 2022 Fall Foliage Festival will return to downtown Martinsville on October 6-9th.  In preparation for the festival, several street closings will be in effect starting on Tuesday, October 4th.  No-parking will also be in effect on several streets for the festival’s 5K Run and Parade on Sunday, October 9th.

Downtown street no-parking and street closings

Starting at 5:00 AM on Tuesday, October 4th no parking will be in effect on Washington Street from Mulberry to Sycamore Street so that the parking spaces may be restriped following the street’s recent repaving.  The street will be closed to traffic during the restriping process.  The work should be completed by 5:00 PM and the street reopened.  However, the block between Main Street and Jefferson Street will remain a no-parking zone and be closed to traffic until 5:00 PM on Sunday, October 9th.

Starting at 5:00 PM on Tuesday, October 4th no parking will be in effect and the following streets will be closed around the square:  Main Street from Washington Street to Pike Street; Morgan Street from Mulberry Street to Sycamore Street; Jefferson Street from Washington Street to Morgan Street.  These streets will remain no parking zones and closed to traffic until 5:00 PM on Sunday, October 9th.  Motorists are asked to observe the no parking and street closings during the posted times.

Festival 5K Run and parade route no-parking

Starting at 7:00 AM and ending at 4:00 PM on Sunday, October 9th no parking will be in effect on the streets that will be used for the 5K run and the annual Fall Foliage Festival parade.  The streets affected:  Illinois Street from the high school to Second Street; Columbus Street; from Illinois Street to Jefferson Street; Second Street from Columbus to Washington Street; Washington Street from Second Street to Jefferson Street; Jefferson Street from Washington Street to Columbus Street; Home Avenue from Columbus Street to Gray Street.

Barricades will be set closing the various streets that will cross the 5K Run and Parade thus closing off the above outlined route to traffic.  For the 5K Run, the barricades will be in place from 7:00 am to 9:00 am.  The barricades will return at 12:00 Noon and remain in place until after the parade has passed.  Motorists are asked to observe the street closings and not drive around the barricades.  The barricades are in place as a public safety measure to protect the participants and the spectators of the events.

The city is expecting a large number of visitors during the festival.  Residents and visitors alike are encouraged to attend as many festival events as possible during the 63rd annual festival.