Event Parking Solutions: Tips for Finding Convenient Parking at Popular Events

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It’s the time of year everyone waits for after a long winter. Summertime is in full swing and you’re excited to take advantage of all of the outdoor events happening in your area. There’s just one problem: so is everyone else. Depending on the venue, you might be dealing with a troublesome parking situation. We’ve come up with some great tips for finding convenient parking at popular events. Read on to find out how you can save yourself from the headache that is event parking. 

Tip #1: Plan Ahead 

One of the biggest tips we can give you to be prepared for the event is to plan ahead. Make sure you have all of the details such as the event start time and know what time the venue opens. If possible, find a map of the parking area for the event so that you know what to expect ahead of time. Armed with all the information, you’ll be able to make the best decision in regard to what time you head to the event and can get an idea of the parking situation prior to arrival. These steps will eliminate the stress of trying to navigate a busy and unfamiliar area, especially if you’re running behind. 

Be sure to read the fine print and determine if there will be any applicable parking fees or if the parking is included in your ticket. Many times, payments accepted for parking are cash only so be sure to have some on hand just in case. You’ll also want to find out if you need to register your vehicle for a parking pass prior to arrival. 

Tip #2: Work Smarter not Harder 

A great tip is to decide how far away you’re willing to park from the venue. Why is this important? Because most people are looking for front row parking spaces. If you are able-bodied, consider parking in the parking area that is the farthest away from the entrance and near the exit. In theory, once the event ends, having a parking spot close to the entrance won’t do much good and you’re much more likely to get stuck in a traffic jam. People exiting the building or event venue will be crossing in front of vehicles, with massive crowds causing major delays. If you are parked near the exit towards the back of the event parking, you’ll be able to hop into your car and slip out before the rest of the traffic reaches where you are parked. If you don’t mind a bit of extra exercise, this method can save you some time and frustration. 

Tip #3: Arrive Early 

The next best thing you can do if you know an event is going to be crowded is arrive early. For example, if the start time of the event is 4pm, you may want to consider arriving a couple of hours early. Depending on the estimated crowd size, you may want to consider more than a couple of hours. The earlier you get to the event venue, the better chance you have of securing a prime parking spot. This goes for concerts, outdoor festivals, and theatrical events. 

Not interested in hanging around for a few hours? The good news is, more often than not, there will be other activities going on before the main event so you don’t have to worry about arriving and just waiting around until show time. Chances are, you’ll have a chance to grab some food or check out some cool products for purchase while you wait for the main event. Why not make good use of your time by supporting local vendors and showing the community some love? 

Tip #4: Take Advantage of Accommodations 

Parking at an event can be challenging for those with disabilities. Our best advice: seek out accommodations before the event. Public events will usually have a flier or webpage dedicated to event details. You should be able to find information on handicap parking spaces. Make sure to call ahead of time to find out if you need to register your name and vehicle. These spaces are usually blocked off and reserved for those who display the appropriate parking placard. Also find out if there are any additional fees associated with VIP or Handicap parking. Knowing all of this well ahead of time will help you be more prepared on the day of the event. 

Tip #5: Carpool 

If you’re planning to attend an event with a large group of friends, consider carpooling. Why? In the event that parking is a nightmare, you won’t waste time hunting for multiple parking spaces. This also ensures that you won’t get separated from your party. If someone has to follow behind in a second vehicle, it’s easy to get separated by other cars in large event parking. By carpooling you can ensure that everyone stays together. Leaving the venue will be a breeze. 

The Last Word 

In short, all of these tips can help your next trip to a popular event be as smooth as possible. As long as you plan ahead, arrive early, and park smart, you shouldn’t have any trouble scoring a decent parking spot and avoiding any drama. Popular events can be stressful, but with the proper planning, they can also be a lot of fun.