Parking

FREE

Free parking for Christkindlmarket Des Moines visitors is available in Lots 3 & 4 (see map below) west of Principal Park (between SW 2nd St and SW 3rd St and south of W Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy) during the following days/times in 2024:

Thursday, December 5, 5pm – 9pm
Friday, December 6: 11am – 9pm
Saturday, December 7: 11am – 9pm
Sunday, December 8: 11am – 5pm

Seven handicapped parking stalls are located in the green area #5 for those with a visible permit.


Dart D-Line Shuttle
The free D-Line runs in a loop, every 15 minutes, providing service from the Iowa State Capitol complex in the East Village to the Western Gateway. Just hop on the bus at any of the stops – no fare needed.

Operation Hours: Weekdays 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Park Downtown Des Moines:
FREE All-day, every day: (Vehicles must move every 24 hours.)

Pennsylvania Ave. and E. 7th Street from E. Court to Des Moines St.
Bridges over the Des Moines River
Walnut Street bridge
Grand Street Bridge (north side)
Northside of Locust St. from 15th to 17th


FEE-BASED PARKING

Lot B at 325 SW 5th Street. ($5/hour)


Park Downtown Des Moines – Downtown Parking Meter Rates


Parking Garage Locations and Rates

The City of Des Moines offers parking garages throughout the City. Below is a list of where the parking ramps are and the cost to park on each ramp. During special events downtown, a $10 or $5 flat rate will be applied to City-owned garages. Signs at the entrance of each garage will have special event pricing available.

E 2nd & Grand: Monday through Saturday: $1 per hour with a $10 max per day.
3rd & Court: Monday through Saturday: $1 per hour with a $10 max per day. During the Downtown Des Moines Farmers’ Market: Flat fee of $5.
4th & Grand: Monday through Saturday: $1 per hour with a $10 max per day. During the Downtown Des Moines Farmers’ Market: Flat fee of $5.
E 4th & Des Moines Street: Monday through Saturday: $1 per hour with a $10 max per day.
5th & Keo: Monday through Saturday: $1 per hour with a $10 max per day.
5th & Walnut: Monday through Saturday: $1 per hour with a $10 max per day. During the Downtown Des Moines Farmers’ Market: Flat fee of $5.
8th & Mulberry: Monday through Saturday: $1 per hour with a $10 max per day. During the Downtown Des Moines Farmers’ Market: Flat fee of $5.
9th & Locust: Monday through Saturday: $1 per hour with a $10 max per day.