Downtown is hosting four events over the weekend that are expected to generate crowds and traffic, so officials are advising attendees to arrive early and use alternative routes where possible.

Alternative routes downtown include North Boulevard, Convention Street, Florida Boulevard, Laurel Street, Highland Road, North Street and River Road.

Bike corrals will also be set up during the weekend to encourage biking downtown.

Downtown will host Live After Five on Friday in Repentance Park from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

North Boulevard Town Square will be the site for the Baton Rouge Blues Festival from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.

Town Square will be the site for Sunday in the Park from noon to 3 p.m. and for Velo Louisiane Bicycle Festival from noon to 6 p.m., also on Sunday.