Travel and Parking Guide for Fiesta Cinco de Mayo

Fiesta Cinco de Mayo in Old Town San Diego is a great way to experience Mexican culture and heritage in a festive and family-friendly setting. The event is free and open to the public. If you’re planning to attend this cultural extravaganza, you’ll want to ensure a smooth journey to and within Old Town. In this guide, we’ll provide you with valuable information on the best ways to travel and park in Old Town San Diego during these festivities.

Traveling to Old Town

Driving: If you prefer to travel by car, you’re in luck! Old Town San Diego offers ample parking options.

Free Parking: You can enjoy abundant free parking at the Caltrans Parking Lot after 5:00 PM on evenings and all day on Saturdays and Sundays. The Caltrans Parking Lot is located at 4050 Taylor Street; turn at Sunset Street. Listed as P1 on the event map below.

Additional Parking Options: While the Caltrans Parking Lot is a popular choice, there are other parking options available as well. You can consult the official Event Map & Program for more details on alternative parking locations in Old Town.

Public Transportation: To avoid traffic and make your journey to Día de Los Muertos hassle-free, consider using public transportation. Old Town is well-connected, making it accessible by various modes of transit.

Old Town Transit Center: This hub serves as a central point for public transportation in the area. You can access San Diego MTS Blue and Green Line Trolleys, local bus lines, North County Transit Coaster commuter trains, Amtrak Pacific Surfliner trains, and USD “Campus to Old Town” shuttle services. By opting for public transportation, you’ll not only save time and effort but also contribute to reducing traffic congestion in the area.

Attending the Día de Los Muertos celebration in Old Town San Diego promises to be a memorable and culturally enriching experience. To ensure a stress-free visit, plan your travel and parking in advance. Whether you choose to drive and take advantage of free parking at the Caltrans Parking Lot or prefer the convenience of public transportation through the Old Town Transit Center, your journey to this vibrant celebration can be as enjoyable as the event itself. Remember to download the official event map to make the most of your Día de Los Muertos experience in Old Town San Diego. Enjoy the festivities and celebrate this beautiful Mexican tradition!


  • Saturday, May 4, 10AM-8PM
  • Sunday, May 5, 10AM-6PM

Phone – (619) 228-9340