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Four Must-Know Tips for Parking at Lilac Festival

Spring is finally here! As you prepare to kick off the sunny season at the 4th Street Lilac Festival this year on Sunday, June 2, 2024, it is important to plan your journey wisely, especially when parking between 12th Avenue and Elbow Drive S.W., the heart of the festival.  

Whether walking, wheeling, driving or taking transit, familiarize yourself with the festival's location by discovering how to get to the action. Certain areas will be off-limits for parking. Road closures and temporary parking restrictions will be in effect from 5 a.m. until 9 p.m. on:

  • 4 Street S.W. between 13 Avenue and 26 Avenue S.W.
  • 17 Avenue S.W. between 2 Street and 5 Street S.W.

If you're planning to drive to the festival, here are four safe parking tips:

  • Be an early bird: With temporary parking restrictions in place, strategize your parking game plan. You can arrive early or use The Parking Planner to schedule parking sessions ahead of time to avoid getting a parking ticket.
  • Pay Conveniently: Download the MyParking App on App store or Google Play for the best rates, session notifications and an easy-to-find parking map. You can also pay for parking by using the Virtual Pay Machine.  
  • Respect Parking Permit Zones: Some on-street areas may require a residential parking permit so remember to check for signs indicating permit requirements before parking in any location. 

Knowing where to park and planning your journey will ensure you make the most of your Lilac Festival experience. So, whether you're a Calgarian or visiting Calgary, we encourage you to watch for parking signs, plan your route and follow these tips to navigate the Lilac Festival parking experience. Find your preferred parking deal, get excited, and make unforgettable memories as the festivities begin.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to know about the temporary parking restrictions for the Lilac Festival?

Be mindful of temporary parking restrictions and common parking infractions, especially in busy areas like Calgary's downtown core and beltline. Do not park in a no-parking zone to avoid getting ticketed or having your vehicle towed to the Municipal Impound lot.

We will enforce these parking restrictions the night before and morning of the event to allow vendors to set up hassle-free, ensure a safe experience at the Lilac Festival.

I’m driving, where should I park?

Keep in mind that in addition to the temporary parking restrictions and road closures, on-street parking will be limited, as many people also want to park their vehicles as close as possible to where the festival will happen. Whether you park a few blocks away or use transit options, planning is key to a stress-free experience at the Lilac Festival.

Can I park on private property?

You must receive permission from the owner, tenant, occupant, or person in control to park on private property. You need permission from the owner, tenant, occupant, or person in charge to park on private property. If you park there without permission where signs say it's private property, you might get a ticket or be towed.

Why should I choose to park in a Calgary Parking lot or parkade?

When you choose Calgary Parking and pay the applicable parking fees, you're supporting local and you can be sure that your dollars stay parked in Calgary. Please be informed that not paying can result in fines or your vehicle being towed.

How do I get to the Lilac Festival if I want to avoid driving?

You can walk, wheel or take public transit. You can also consider carpooling with friends or family or using ride-sharing services for convenient drop-off and pick-up. Plus, these are great ways to reduce traffic congestion and environmental impact.

I believe I got a parking ticket unfairly; what should I do?

If you believe you got a parking ticket unfairly, you can request a review or appeal up to 10 days before the court date. Just remember, you can only appeal unpaid tickets.

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