Dealing with Downtown Indianapolis Traffic on this Busy Festival Weekend

So you read our last post about Indianapolis Festivals and plan to take advantage of some of the many events going on in the downtown area this weekend. While it’s great to have all these choices, it does bring up two issues, how to deal with the traffic and where to park. Don’t worry, it’s not as big a problem as you might think. Downtown parking is abundant, with 70,000 parking spaces in the area.

First and foremost, plan ahead and give yourself extra time for traffic and parking! It would probably be a very good idea to log on to to plan your route. To help you get around town this weekend, here are a few additional tips from Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.

White River State Park – Friday Traffic/Parking Tips
Friday, June 10 is full of activities in White River State Park! If you’re heading to the Indianapolis Zoo’s private Zoobilation event, sold-out Black Keys concert on The Lawn or State Democratic Dinner at the JW Marriott, please see specific traffic map and parking tips here.

Downtown Parking and Traveling Tips:
Everyone can find parking, arrive at their destination on time and enjoy all the excitement if a few simple tips are followed.


  • Plan your driving & walking route into and through Downtown ahead of time.
  • Use interstates to travel to and leave Downtown.
  • Enter Downtown from the side you plan to park on.
  • Allow plenty of extra travel time to Downtown.
  • Be aware that travel through Downtown will be limited to streets away from the core area.
  • Wear comfortable shoes, park once and enjoy the walk.
  • Relax during peak exit times.
  • Carpool or use IndyGo if possible.


  • Log onto for Downtown maps with attraction and parking information. Print out the map and bring it with you.
  • Select a couple of parking alternatives before you leave home.
  • Plan to use a garage or lot. Most meters near the event sites are restricted during this time.
  • Some parking facilities and lots may not be open to the public.
  • Parking meters are always FREE after 9 p.m. Monday – Saturday and all day Sunday. Otherwise, meter rates are $1/hour with a two-hour limit weekdays before 5 p.m. and four-hour limit weekdays after 5 p.m. and all day Saturday.

Thiele Heating & Air Conditioning encourages everyone to get out there and take advantage of all the great activities the Downtown Indianapolis area has to offer this weekend and throughout the summer. With all the events available to us, the question should never be “What’s there to do?”, but “What do we do next?” Have a great weekend!