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City announces where and when to find free parking

Yes, we said "free" parking.

Downtown, Old Sacramento and midtown shoppers will be offered free parking to encourage people to shop and dine downtown during the holiday season.

The City is offering free parking week nights and weekends starting the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 26, through Friday, December 24 in midtown and Old Sacramento. Additionally, as always, free parking, will be available for the first 90 minutes at the state’s East End Garage that the City manages weeknights and weekends.

“We are in challenging times as a City, but we believe it’s the right thing to do on behalf of our downtown businesses, many of which continue to struggle to recover,” said Mayor Kevin Johnson.

The program will be in effect in these areas at these times:
• On-street metered parking – Free on-street parking will start at 4:30 p.m. weekdays and all day on Saturdays and Sundays, Friday, November 26, through Friday, December 24. Parking is free on Christmas Day.
Please note that the free parking zone will extend from “I” to “L” streets and from Front to 29th streets, and only applies to metered on-street parking spaces. See attached map.
All other parking violations are still enforceable as posted, such as time limit restrictions, street sweeping and color zones.
• East End Garage (17th Street between L Street and Capitol Avenue) – The City also has free parking for the first 90 minutes at the East End Garage and $1 per hour thereafter, up to a maximum of $5. The free parking is available during the times the City manages the facility – weeknights 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. and all day on weekends.


Linda Tucker is the public information officer for the City of Sacramento Department of Transportation.

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