Best Bets for Parking at Noel Night

Each year at Noel Night, we experience traffic gridlock on John R near the Detroit Institute of Arts and on Warren Avenue at Woodward—resulting in 1 hour + delays for visitors in their pursuit to find parking.  Wayne State University Police will be out assisting with traffic control this year; however, we want to ensure that each visitor has the best experience possible during the short five hours of this amazing event.  Please take the following recommendations into consideration:

1.  ARRIVE EARLY.  This includes for parking and the performance that you want to see.  In some instances, this may mean 1 hour early.

2.  PREPARE TO WALK.  It is better to park in one of the structures on the outskirts of the event footprint and walk towards Woodward Avenue—a 10-15 minute walk is better than being stuck in traffic for 1 hour or more.  Not only will you get a good workout, but you will also be able to access the highways quicker on departure, rather than if you parked in the heart of the district.  Make sure to also dress warm and in layers.

3.  PARKING COSTS $.  Unless you're one of the lucky ones and find free parking on the streets (a rarity!), please be prepared to pay anywhere between $5-10 for parking in the structures.  Those parking structures closest to the Detroit Institute of Arts generally charge $10.  Please see our recommendations below for best places to park.


WSU Parking Structure 2 - Located on Anthony Wayne Drive ($)

WSU Parking Structure 5 - Located on Anthony Wayne Drive | 5501 Anthony Wayne ($)

WSU Parking Structure 8 - Located on Forest between Cass and Woodward ($)

WSU Parking Structure 1 - Located at Cass and Palmer | 450 W. Palmer ($)

WSU Parking Structure 6 - Located at Cass and Putnam | 61 Putnam ($)

WSU Parking Lot 60 - 4710 Second ($)

South Midtown Parking - 3408 Woodward | FREE parking courtesy of Michigan State University - Detroit Center, University of Michigan - Detroit Center and Whole Foods.


WSU Parking Structure 3 - 45 E. Warren ($)

The Cultural Center Parking Lot - Located on John R directly behind the Detroit Institute of Arts ($)