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As a historical downtown theatre, the Opera House does not own or operate public parking facilities. However, more than 10,000 convenient parking spaces are available within a 10-minute walk of the Opera House. In addition, all surrounding parking lots and parking garages offer spaces for individuals with disabilities. Parking fees are determined by the management of each parking area.

The circle driveway in front of the Short Street entrance is available for temporary drop-off and pick-up of guests. This area is not available for public parking, and any unauthorized vehicles are subject to towing. Bluegrass Towing (859)233-9711 monitors this area 24 hours a day.

ParkMe is a site and mobile app that displays available lots in the downtown Lexington area, a few of the lots even offer reserved parking spots! If interested please view the ParkMe map.

General Parking

The Rupp Arena parking lot on West High Street is also open on non-arena event days for a fee of $8 (for all day), or $1 for each half hour. Three hours of free parking is available with a merchant validation from The Shops at Lexington Center (no purchase necessary). On arena event days parking fees vary. Parking is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Handicapped Accessible Parking

Designated handicapped parking is available in Rupp Arena’s High Street and Manchester Street parking lots. A valid state-issued handicapped placard or license plate is required. All disability parking is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Metered Street Parking

Metered street parking is available in some areas of downtown Lexington near the Opera House. Parking meters are enforced Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., unless otherwise posted. Metered spots are free on Saturday and Sunday and designated holidays.

Meters require $1 for 60 minutes or 25 cents for 15 minutes. There are 1 hour, 2 hour and 4 hours meters located throughout the area. The meters are a combination of electronic and mechanical meters. Meters accept nickels, dimes, quarters, and some accept payment via credit card or pre-paid parking cards. For more information on metered street parking, visit http://www.lexpark.org/find-parking.

Additional Parking

For an additional downtown parking information please visit LexPark.org or click here to view the LexPark Downtown Parking Map