We strongly recommend that you take public transportation to the Festival if possible as we are on #70 and #70A, and the #553 MBTA bus lines. Please note that although those busses normally stop on Carter Street on the southern edge of Waltham Common, CARTER STREET WILL BE CLOSED on Festival Day! - Therefore, the nearest stops for the day are on Main Street just west of the Common for all lines, as well as east of the Common for 70 and 70A, and on Moody Street at Pine/Crescent for #553.
Possibly the most elegant option for traveling to the Festival is the Fitchburg branch of the Commuter Rail which stops RIGHT IN FRONT of the festival, at Carter Street! CLICK HERE to view the Commuter Rail Fitchburg Line schedule!
In addition, there is the Watch City Steampunk Festival shuttle bus running all Festival Day between the Alewife Red Line stop and Waltham Common. CLICK HERE to view the shuttle schedule!
However, if driving is your only option, there is quite a bit of on-street parking in walking distance of Waltham Common, and a number of municipal parking lots, too. Please see the following map of the public parking lots in the downtown. - CLICK HERE to download a printable PDF of this parking map.