It is possible to park free in downtown Ann Arbor at certain times of the day, week, and year. Here are some tips.

Free parking structures


Government offices

Loading zones

  • A number of loading zones in the city are enforced only until 6 pm, and after that they revert to free parking.

Metered city lots

  • All downtown parking meters are free after 6pm, and on Sundays and holidays. This includes both on-street meters and meters in parking lots, including

University lots

Park and ride


Several downtown Ypsilanti and Depot Town parking areas provide free two hour parking spaces; most on-street and lot parking is metered, however:

Art Fair

Ann Arbor's Art Fairs are notorious for their lack of free parking. Your best bet is to park for free at Briarwood Mall and take a shuttle in.

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