Free Parking on the Grid this Holiday Season

The City is giving Downtown and Old Sacramento shoppers a special treat this holiday season: Free on-street parking!*

Starting the day after Thanksgiving, November 29, through December 24, the City is offering free on-street parking weekdays after 4:30 pm, and free on-street parking all day on weekends in specific locations in Downtown, Midtown, and Old Sacramento.

*Please note: All  parking violations are still enforceable as posted, such as time limit restrictions, street sweeping and colored zones. So if a parking space is limited to one hour, free parking is limited to one hour only.

Free Meter Holidays

  • Thanksgiving Day: Thursday, November 28
  • Christmas Day: Wednesday, December 25
  • New Years Day: January 1

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. (View map)

  • Weekends will be free all day starting on Small Business Saturday (November 24) and ending on December 23.
  • Weekdays will be free parking after 4:30 pm (This will also include “Black Friday”, November 29). Prior to 4:30 pm, you must pay the meter during the weekdays.

The City Hall Garage, located at 10th & J streets, and the Capitol Garage, located at 10th & L streets, offer a flat rate of $5 after 5 pm. 


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  1. Richard Green, 10 months ago

    Yeah great. I’m not familiar with all the downtown /mid town area, etc. for “free” parking. My spouse & I are out doing some shopping in downtown and go to a small business restaurant, Vallejo’s, on S Street, Saturday, 11/30/2013. Parked in a metered area just before 5pm and in restaurant for 35 min. Come out to see Parking ticket. Noted time of citation @ 5:00pm. No time limit problems, vast amounts of unused metered parking ON A WEEKEND! Needless to say WE WILL NOT SHOP Downtown Sac. anytime soon. Bah Humbug!

  2. Anonymous, 6 months ago

    I parked downtown because I heard about the free parking scam as well. I paid at a garage and took my kids to the Nutcracker. Afterwards I took my kids over to the Capitol to see the Christmas Tree and parked on the street (didn’t pay because of “free parking”). We were gone no more than 10 minutes and got a ticket for not paying. Nice “Bait & Switch” Sacramento… keep the revenue machine running. I will not be spending any more disposable income in the city. I’ll stay in the suburbs where I’m not harrassed for visiting entertainment and business locations. The media doesn’t tell you about the restrictions for parking… just that it is free downtown at Christmas time.
    By the way – I appealed the ticket and they were not at all sypathetic. Blamed me for not knowing the “boundaries” for the “free parking” areas.


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