Free Parking every Saturday between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day

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The City of Oakland will offer free parking every Saturday between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, plus Plaid Friday which is November 29.

On the following days, parking at all City-metered spaces throughout Oakland will be free for the time period posted on the meter or kiosk (30 minutes, 1 hour, 2 hours or 5 hours):

  • Friday, November 29
  • Saturday, November 30
  • Saturday, December 7
  • Saturday, December 14
  • Saturday, December 21
  • Saturday, December 28 

The free parking "holidays" apply to both standard meters and the multi-space parking kiosks located in many commercial districts.

To keep the flow of shoppers moving – standard parking rules and time limits will be enforced. If shoppers need more time than a particular meter allows, they will need to move their cars to another available parking space.  

Oakland Grown LogoIn collaboration with Oakland Grown and the Oakland Merchants Leadership Forum, the free parking is a key element of the 2013 “Shop Oakland Grown for the Holidays” campaign that highlights the wide range of shopping options in 40 neighborhood districts citywide while underscoring the importance of keeping shopping dollars local. For more information, please visit


Participating City Owned Lots

The free holiday parking also applies to the following City-owned lots equipped with meters on the designated Saturdays and Plaid Friday:

  • Grand Avenue Lot in the 3200 block of Grand Avenue
  • LakePark Lot under I-580 between Grand and Lakeshore avenues
  • Piedmont Avenue Lot on Howe Street between 40th and 41st streets
  • Parkway Lot on Wayne Avenue near Park Boulevard and E. 18th Street



Participating City Owned Garages

The free holiday parking program will also offer two hours of free parking on the designated Saturdays and Plaid Friday at the following City-owned garages:

  • Frank Mar Garage – 12th & Harrison streets
  • Franklin Street Garage – 19th & Franklin streets
  • Montclair Garage - 6235 La Salle Avenue
  • Clay Street Garage - 14th and Clay streets

The Clay Street Garage at 14th and Clay streets in Downtown Oakland is open to the public free of charge all day Saturday year-round.