Categories: Oakland Parking

Where to Find Free Parking in Oakland

Oakland is known for its artsy neighborhoods that offer plenty of parking options, especially when compared to San Francisco. There are even certain cases when parking in Oakland is free.

To find those free street parking spots, here is what you need:

  1. An understanding of where those spots exist. (Check out this free map!)
  2. Some tips and tricks to determine that ‘free spot’ is really free.

Map of Free Parking in Oakland, CA

Type any address and use the time filters on the map below to find a free Oakland parking spot. The map is free, easy to use, and will save you a serious headache when you’re on the hunt for free parking.

Rules for free parking in Oakland:

  • Overnight parking downtown: If you’re downtown overnight, you’re in luck. Downtown meters run from 8AM-6PM Monday thru Saturday, so parking overnight is free.
  • Free parking downtown during the day: Parking near the outskirts of the downtown area is free and makes for a nice walk to your favorite shops. Check out the map to see which streets are free to park.
  • Free parking on Sundays: Parking is always free in the city on Sundays.
  • Free garage parking: If you’re here near the holidays, the City of Oakland often offers free parking in garages and parking lots throughout the city to encourage people to shop locally for gifts.
  • Free parking on holidays: On city holidays, parking is free. Check out the schedule below.
Parking HolidayDate
New Year’s Day January 1
Martin Luther King, Jr. BirthdayThird Monday of January
President’s DayThird Monday of February
Memorial DayLast Monday of May
Independence DayJuly 4
Labor DayFirst Monday of September
Thanksgiving DayFourth Thursday of November
Christmas DayDecember 25

Worried about tickets? Learn these parking rules to avoid them:

View Map of Oakland Free Parking

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