Parking and Traffic – Tips and Information

Saturday, November 22nd is a busy and exciting day for Downtown with lots of events and activities. These parking and traffic tips can help you plan your visit. If you have any questions, please contact us here or  call 757-623-1757.

Arrive Early

Take advantage of early bird parking rates of $2 at all city garages as well as MacArthur Center garages. Rates increase to $5 after 5pm.  There are plenty of activities, shopping and dining options in downtown to enjoy.

Heavy traffic congestion starts by 5pm.

For detailed parking and street closure information and as well as maps, click here.

Street Closures

Street closures along the parade route will start at approximately 6pm.

Due to parade street closures, we recommend you avoid taking I-264W all the way to Waterside Drive after 5pm. Instead we recommend getting off I-264W at City Hall Avenue, Exit 10 or Brambleton Avenue, Exit 11.

If you are attending events at Scope or Chrysler Hall we recommend using Brambleton Avenue to access the closest parking facilities. 

The Tide – Light Rail

The Tide is a great option with free parking lots and will have service every 10 minutes starting at 4pm. For a map of systems and stops click here.

Park and Ride lots:

  • Newtown Road
  • Military Highway
  • Ballentine/Broad Creek
  • Harbor Park- Stops will be suspended at this location from 5-8pm due to the parade.
  • EVMS/Ft. Norfolk


The Ferry from Portsmouth will be in operation on an every 10 minute schedule
Free parking options are available in Olde Towne Portsmouth.

Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) Special Ticket Options

In addition to the HRT regular 1 day passes—$4 per adult which grants unlimited trips on all of HRT services (BUS, LIGHT RAIL, FERRY); HRT is offering a 3 - DAY SPECIAL EVENT PASS and a GRAND ILLUMINATION GROUP PASS. These passes feature the Ferry and Light Rail services.


May be used from NOVEMBER 21, 2014 through NOVEMBER 23, 2014

The Tide or the Elizabeth River Ferry; valid for ONE adult, youth, senior or disabled person. This pass provides unlimited roundtrip rides on either service. Children 38 inches and under ride for free. THIS PASS IS NOT VALID ON HRT BUS. This pass is ideal for commuting to multiple special events over the weekend!



The Group Pass may be used on Saturday, November 22, 2014 (Grand Illumination Parade), all day for up to 5 persons on The Tide or The Elizabeth River Ferry. Valid for any combination of adult(s), youth(s), senior(s) or disabled(s) person(s) for unlimited roundtrip rides on either service. Children 38 inches and under ride for free. THIS PASS IS NOT VALID ON HRT BUS. This pass is ideal for large groups or families attending the Grand Illumination Parade!

Grand Illumination Group Passes will also be sold at the following light rail stations starting at 5pm on 11/22: Newtown Station, Military Highway Station and EVMC/ Fort Norfolk Station. Passes will also be sold at the following Ferry dock locations: North Landing and High Street. These tickets may be purchased with CASH only.

Click here to purchase tickets.

Parking Garages

Rates: Early bird parking rates of just $2 available until 5pm. After 5pm parking rates are $5 collect on entry for all city garages and MacArthur Center.

City Parking Garages:
• Friday, November 21: Normal Operations (Hourly Parking Rate)
• Saturday, November 22: 
       • 5am-5pm: $2 Collect-on-Entry (Cash/Credit)
       • 5pm-Close: $5 Collect-on-Entry (Cash/Credit)
• Sunday, November 23:
       • 5am-3pm: $5 Collect-on-Entry (Cash/Credit)
       • 3pm-Close: Normal Operations (Hourly Parking Rate)

MacArthur Center Garages:
• Friday, November 21: Pay at exit (6am-Close)
       • $1 for 3 hours until 6pm. 
       • $2 each additional hour before 6pm. After 6pm, flat $2 charge, $10 max
• Saturday, November 22: 
       • 5am-5pm: $2 Collect-on-Entry (Cash only)
       • 5pm-Close: $5 Collect-on-Entry (Cash only)
• Sunday, November 23: Normal Operation - Pay at exit (5am-close)
       • $1 until 6pm. $2 after 6pm - $3 max
Dominion Tower Garage:
• Saturday, November 22: 
       • 6am-10am & 3pm-6pm, $5 Collect-on-Entry; Hours Parking Rate during all other hours
• Sunday, November 23: 
       • 5am-10am: $5 Collect-on-Entry

List of garages - click here to view map: 

Bank Street Garage
441 Bank Street
Norfolk, VA. 23510

Boush Street Garage
112 W. City Hall
Norfolk, VA 23510

Charlotte Street Garage
440 Monticello Avenue
Norfolk, VA 23510

City Hall North Garage
100 East Street
Norfolk, VA 23510

City Hall South Garage
999 Main Street
Norfolk, VA 23510

Commercial Place Garage
520 East Main Street
Norfolk, VA 23510

Freemason Street Garage
161 Freemason Street
Norfolk, VA 23510

MacArthur Center Garage
500 City Hall Avenue
Norfolk, VA 23510

Main Street Garage
230 East Main Street
Norfolk, VA 23510

Scope Garage
201 E. Brambleton Avenue
Norfolk, VA 23510

Town Point Garage
110 West Main Street
Norfolk, VA 23510

Waterside Garage
50 Martin's Lane
Norfolk, VA 23510

West Plume Street Garage
100 West Plume Street
Norfolk, VA 23510

York Street Garage
215 W. York Street
Norfolk, VA 23510