City continues free holiday parking program to attract downtown shoppers

Free Holiday Parking - Details apply

Downtown, Old Sacramento and midtown shoppers can park for free at metered spaces in specific areas and times for the 17th year to encourage people to shop and dine downtown during the holiday season.

The program will be in effect in these areas, (see the map), at these times only at metered on-street parking spaces.

All weekends between Saturday, November 30 and Sunday, December 22: Free all day

Weekdays (Friday, November 29 – Tuesday, December 24): Free after 4:30 p.m.

Free Meter Holidays

  • Thanksgiving Day: Thursday, November 28 
  • Christmas Day: Wednesday, December 25

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.

All other parking violations are still enforceable as posted, such as time limit restrictions, street sweeping and colored zones. For example, if parking is limited to one hour, free parking is limited to one hour.


East End Garage (17th Street between L Street and Capital Avenue) – We are continually offering a flat rate of $2 after 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and all day on Saturday and Sunday.

The following are the official six meter-free holidays that are displayed on every parking meter.

    • New Year’s Day (January 1)
    • Memorial Day (Last Monday in May)
    • Independence Day (July 4)
    • Labor Day (First Monday in September)
    • Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday in November)
    • Christmas Day (December 25)
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