Free parking in downtown Rochester

Support local and get free parking! Through October 31, when you shop, dine, or support a service or experience business downtown, get a three-hour free parking voucher to use at any of the six municipal ramps.
Downtown Rochester businesses are working hard to serve you safely. Support them back and get three hours of free parking as a thank you! City of Rochester Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) funding is being used to support this program.

How it works:

It's simple, actually: shop, dine, or support a service or experience business in downtown Rochester from October 8, 2020 through October 31, 2020, and get a three-hour free parking voucher at check-out at select businesses. Find a full list of businesses below.

Each voucher is worth $6 (or three hours of paid parking) with an expiration date of October 31, 2020. The free parking program supports one parking voucher per customer per visit through October 31, 2020 or while supplies  last.

  1. When you exit the parking ramp, insert the entrance ticket to calculate the fee.
  2. Then insert the free parking voucher to redeem. Scanning the voucher will not work.
  3. If any amount remains, payment by credit card will be completed at the exit.

See just how easy it is to park in downtown Rochester.

Where to park:

These parking validations will work at the exits (or at the cashier at the 1st Street ramp) at all six municipal ramps below. However, the vouchers will not work at the pay-on-foot stations at Ramp 6 and 3rd Street ramp and only at the exits of those two ramps.

The free parking vouchers do not apply to on-street meters or Mayo Clinic-owned ramps.

Where to get parking vouchers*:

*Purchase is required at the business to receive the parking voucher; limited quantities at the following businesses while supplies last

Disclaimer: The following lists are works in progress and will be updated as more vouchers are distributed to downtown businesses.

Experience businesses:

Canvas & Chardonnay Rochester Art Center Rochester Civic Theatre



99 Giggles Baby, Baby Cambria Gallery Chico's
Counterpoint Home Counterpoint II CP3 The Dove Kids
Downtown Intimates Eagle Store ELL Boutique (Galleria) ELL Boutique (Subway)
Eye-Q Intelligent Eyewear Finery Bridal Chic Gallery on First Games by James
Ginny's Fine Fabrics Hanny's Mens Store Hanny's St. Croix Happy Mart Convenience & Gifts
Hers Huber Eyecare James Krom Natural Images Knight's Chamber
Lair's Shoes LaRhea Boutique Lasker Jewelers Lenscrafters
Mayo Clinic Gift Shop MGear The Nordic Shop Old Rooster Antiques
On Track Boutique Optical Vision w/ Flair Peacock Books and Wildlife Art Poppi Italian Leather
Renning's Flowers Rhea's Scarves and More Running Room Salient Oils
Scrub Your Butt Soap Co. SEMVA Gallery Soma Intimates STYLE by Hanny's
Talbots Tangerine Gifts Tessa's Office: Wine & Spirits Boutique  



Almadina Restaurant Auntie Anne's Pretzel BB's Express Benedict's
Bitter & Pour Bleu Duck Kitchen Blue Diamond Restaurant Bravo Espresso
Bruegger's Bagels Cafe Steam (Broadway) Cafe Steam (Doubletree) Caribou Coffee (Kahler)
Carroll's Corn Chester's Kitchen & Bar Chez Bojji (opening soon) Chinese Chinh's Express
Chocolate Oasis Chocolaterie Stam Cinnabon City Market
Crave Dairy Queen Dooley's Pub Dunkin Donuts
Grand Grill Hefe Rojo Hollanberry Pannekoeken Jimmy John's Sandwich Shop
Kathy's Pub Legends Bar & Grill Mango Thai Martini's at The Kahler
MOKA Nellie's on 3rd Newt's Downtown Newt's Express
Nupa Pasquale's Neighborhood Pizzeria People's Food Co-op Pescara
Pittsburgh Blue Steakhouse Porch Fried Chicken Potbelly Sandwich Shop QDOBA Mexican Eats
Quizno's Subs Salad Brothers Saladworks Starbucks Coffee
The Tap House Tea Time Terza Ristorante ThaiPop
The Half Barrel Bar & Kitchen Victoria's Ristorante Wabi Sabi Express Yum! Poké
Zy Teriyaki      


Service businesses:

Alliance Property Management Artifacials, L.L.C. Associated Bank Avis Rent-a-Car
Baser Freight Blue Sky Dental Bremer Bank Budget Rent-a-Car
Cloud 9 Spa & Salon (1st Ave) Cloud 9 Spa & Salon (Kahler Subway) Destination Medical Center Downtown Comfort Zone Chinese Relazing Spa
Downtown Dental Care Dunlap & Seegar Eastman Auto Repair Essence Skin Clinic
Exhibitors Media Group Fagan Studios The Flooring Collective Goodyear Auto Service Center
Healing Touch Spa HGA Architecture INCubatoredu Internal Revenue Service
Kahler Barbershop Kimball G Orwall, Attorney at Law Kraus-Anderson Kruger Law Office
Limb Lab Med City Beat Med City Dental Murakami Law Firm
Nail Envy O'Brien & Wolf LLP, Attorneys at Law Office of the Public Defender Offices at China Hall
Opportunity Services Premier Banks Premier Security Pure Barre
Restovich Braun and Associates Rochester Area Family YMCA Rochester Fine Art & Framing Rochester Home Infusion
Rochester Salvation Army Adult Day Program Rochester Salvation Army Good Samaritan Clinic Saabir Travel Agency Scharf Auto / NAPA
Schmitt Automotive Repair Smith Schafer & Associates Stifel Nicolaus Financial Suk Law Firm
Swoon Lash + Beauty Lounge Threshold Arts / Castle Community Think Bank Titan Development & Investments
Title Services Inc. Townsquare Media Total Image Hair Salon Tulip Tree Studios
United States Postal Service US Bank (4th Street) University of Minnesota, Rochester The UPS Store
Valor Mechanical Wells Fargo (E Center St.) Winona State University, Rochester  

How easy it is to park:

Reminder: The first hour of ramp parking is always free during the week. Free parking in City ramps is available after 5 p.m. weekdays and on weekends from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 a.m.

And parking is free at meters after 5 p.m. on weekdays and weekends. Have fun exploring downtown Rochester!