Directions to the Arts Festival
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Getting to the Arts Festival by subway: Take the B branch of the MBTA Green Line to the Boston College terminus. Cross to the other side of Commonwealth Avenue and turn right. Walk up the hill (west) on Commonwealth Avenue to the main gate.
By car: Boston College's main campus is located on Commonwealth Avenue (Route 30) in Chestnut Hill, just west of the Boston-Newton line.
From points north and south: Take Interstate 95 (Route 128) to Exit 24 (Route 30). Proceed east on Route 30, also known as Commonwealth Avenue, and follow for about five miles to Boston College.
From points west: Take the Massachusetts Turnpike (Route 90) to Exit 17. At the first set of lights after the exit ramp, take a right onto Centre Street. Follow Centre Street to the fourth set of lights, and turn left onto Commonwealth Avenue. Follow Commonwealth Avenue 1-1/2 miles to Boston College.
From downtown Boston: Take the Massachusetts Turnpike (Route 90) to Exit 17. Take a left over the bridge after passing the Sheraton Tara Hotel. Take the first right onto Centre Street. Follow Centre Street to the fourth 1-1/2 miles to Boston College.
Parking: One hour parking is permitted, as posted, on Commonwealth Avenue.
Weekend parking at Boston College is $5 per every 12 hours from 5:00 p.m. on Friday until Monday at 2:00 a.m.
Visitor “Pay for Parking” is in effect from 2:00 a.m. Monday through 5:00 p.m. Friday. The first twenty minutes are FREE, and visitors pay $3.00 per hour after that, with a $25.00 daily maximum.
Visitors will be directed to one of two garage by the parking attendances. Each garage has a pay station where visitors can obtain a validated (paid) ticket. Validated tickets are required to exit either garage. Payments may be made with cash, Visa or MasterCard.
There will be an attendant at the Lower Campus gates to direct you to the correct garage, as well as signs posted leading the way once you have entered Lower Campus. From both garages, signs will be posted leading guests from the garages to the festival sites.
To enter Lower Campus from Commonwealth Avenue from Downtown Boston: Turn left at the light just before the Boston College Green Line T Stop. (The T stop and Lake Street will be on your right; St. Ignatius Church will be ahead on your left.) Take the next right, towards the security guard station. Follow this road to the parking garage, which will be on your right. After parking, exit on foot from the top of the garage (level 7) and turn left. The main tent of the Arts Festival is straight ahead on the plaza in front of O'Neill Library.
To enter Lower Campus from points west: Continue past the main gates of the college and down the hill to the light (The T Stop and Lake Street will be on your left; St. Ignatius Church will be on your right.) Turn right at the light. Take the next right, towards the security guard station. Follow this road to the parking garage, which will be on your right. After parking exit on foot from the top of the garage (level 7) and turn left. The main tent of the Arts Festival is straight ahead on the plaza in front of O'Neill Library. Click here for direction in PDF format.