(MOBILE, Ala.) - The biggest musical festival in the state kicks off Friday and downtown Mobile is transforming to get ready.
Thursday, crews spent the day setting up barricades, raising tents and constructing stages in preparation for BayFest 2012.
Here's what you need to know:
No weapons, outside food or beverages, coolers or glass containers are allowed inside the gates.
Chairs will be allowed inside in designated seating areas.
Officials encourage you to park at the Mobile Civic Center -- it's five dollars and you can take the free shuttle to the event.
BayFest draws thousands of people to the Port City every year -- which adds up to big bucks to local merchants.
"It's a fabulous economic impact for all of downtown. The Admiral Semmes hotel and The Holiday Inn are sold out for Friday and Saturday," says Maura Garino with the Holiday Inn.
"We're preparing for it, we've got somewhere around 8 thousand meals down in the cooler," says Bill Monahan with T.P. Crockmiers Restaurant.
Expect a huge police presence downtown this weekend.
Security will also be tight at entrance areas which could mean long lines.