28 8 / 2014

Oakland Pride 2014

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Parking Panda is excited to be the Official Parking Partner of Oakland Pride. This Sunday, August 31st, the Oakland Pride Parade and Festival will be held in downtown Oakland in the Uptown District. The theme for Oakland Pride 2014 is, “Pride is Oakland, Oakland is Pride”.

Celebrating the support for the LGBTQ community in the Bay Area and across the U.S., Oakland Pride will welcome Sheila E., the world-famous drummer and percussionist. The festival will also feature exciting exhibitor booths, games, and entertainment for supporters of all-ages. There will be a Family & Children’s Garden, welcoming children with a petting zoo, jump tents, photo/video booths, face painting, and more!

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Parking Panda is proud to continue our commitment to diversity and acceptance with official partnerships with Pride events nationwide. Click here for more information on parking for Oakland Pride.

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25 8 / 2014

Star Spangled Spectacular 2014

The 200th Anniversary of our National Anthem is being celebrated in the city it was written. The Star Spangled Spectacular will be taking place in Baltimore from September 10th -16th with an array of events and activities. Navy Ships, Blue Angels, and an extravagant firework display highlight some of the week’s headline events. Parking Panda is proud to be the Official Parking Provider of The Star Spangled Spectacular 200. 

More than 35 naval vessels and tall ships from all around the world will be pulling in the harbor starting on the 11th. Vessels will offer tours on board from the hours of 12pm to 5pm daily. Come check out the waterfront ships in the Inner Harbor, Fells Point, and North Locus Point. The Inner Harbor is bound to be crowded so reserve parking ahead of time and guarantee your spot.  

imageThe legendary Blue Angels flying aerobatic team will be having airshows on Sept 13 and 14th from 2pm-4pm. This group of highly skilled pilots is the second oldest formal flying aerobatic team having flown in front of over 260 million spectators! The airshow can be viewed from a number of locations all over the city!

Actor, musician, and artist John Lithgow will be hosting the “Star Spangled Spectacular: Bicentennial of our National Anthem” at the Pier Six Pavilion on Sept 13th from 7-10pm. O musical performers include Kristen Chenoweth, Little Big Town, Pentatonix, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and others playing tribute to our nation’s ideals. Get tickets at piersixpavillion.com, and reserve parking here!

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It wouldn’t be a celebration of our nation without fireworks! Fireworks by Grucci will be using state of the art pyrotechnics to create a show that is unforgettable with SkyEtching™ technology. The 20 minute show will help emphasize the lyrics of our National Anthem with firework depictions of “broad stripes and bright stars”, “rockets red glare bombs bursting in air”, and “twilights last gleaming” among others. The fireworks can be viewed from a number of locations including the Inner Harbor, Fort Mchenry, and Fells Point. Don’t miss out on any of the celebration by reserving parking before you get in the car!

Fort McHenry, the focal point of The Star Spangled Banner, will be host to 4 events over the 6-day celebration. Starting with a Star Spangled Banner living display on September 9th, over 8,000 local students will be organizing into the shape and colors of our nations flag. There will be a 9/11 commemorations with the flag raising to honor those Americans whose lives were lost on September 11th, 2001.  Defenders Day, the Maryland holiday commemorating the successful defense of Baltimore in the war of 1812 and the events leading up to the writing of the Star Spangled Banner, will be celebrated at Fort Mchenry on September 13th.  Experience history 200 years later by joining other on September 14th at Fort Mchenry to witness, “The Dawns Early Light”, described by Francis Scott Key exactly 200 years prior.

Along with these events there will also be three central villages that will host live entertainment, and activities for kids. These three villages will be located in the Inner Harbor, Fort Mchenry, and Martin State Airport. Plan ahead and reserve Official Parking to guarantee a spot before you leave!

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19 8 / 2014

Washington DC Theatre Guide

Washington D.C., the nation’s capital known for its politics and decision-making, but this city is also a cultural capital for theatre entertainment. With many historical and popular venues in the area, there are many opportunities to watch a great performance. Below is a list of several popular cultural venues in Washington D.C. and available parking nearby. With popular shows like The Lion King, Dirty Dancing, Evita, and Driving Miss Daisy, these theaters offer some of the nation’s best cultural experiences.

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

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Featuring performances including The Lion King, National Dance Day 2014, Shear Madness, Noli Me Tangere the Opera, National Symphony Orchestra: Labor Day Capitol Concert 2014, Evita, and many more.

Location: 2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566

Click here for Kennedy Center Parking

Warner Theatre

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Featuring the upcoming performances Pokemon: Symphonic Evolution, Human Nature, Bill Maher, among others.

Location: 513 13th St, Washington, DC 20004

Ford’s Theatre

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Featuring the upcoming show Driving Miss Daisy and the McDevitt History on Foot Walking Tour.

Location: 511 10th St NW, Washington, DC 20004

Click here for Ford’s Theatre Parking

National Theatre

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Featuring the upcoming show Dirty Dancing.

Location: 1321 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004

Click here for National Theatre Parking

Shakespeare Theatre Company: Sidney Harman Hall

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Featuring King Lear, A Small Family Business, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Free for All: The Winter’s Tale, The Tempest, and many more.

Location: 610 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004

Click here for Sidney Harman Hall Parking

Shakespeare Theatre Company: Lansburgh Theatre

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Featuring Venus and Adonis, The Magic Flute: Impempe Yomlingo, and As You Like It.

450 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20004

Click here for Lansburgh Theatre Parking

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13 8 / 2014

Farm-to-Fork and Parking Panda

Farm-to- Fork is a sustainability movement! It’s a movement to bring awareness to the Sacramento community about the efforts of Sustainable goods and the positive impacts they can have both locally and globally. Parking Panda is excited to be the Official Parking Provider of all Farm-to-Fork events! 

The efforts of Farm-to-Fork are prevalent in the many events held throughout the year in various locations around the Sacramento area. Some of these events include:

Urban Art, Food & Libations Walking Tour: Throughout August Local Roots Food Tours will take groups of 10 or less on a tour of Sacramento’s Midtown. Known for their art district, Midtown is home to a number of urban murals painted on its buildings exterior walls. The tour is a mixture of learning the history and stories behind these exotic murals, as well as visiting some of the areas premier local restaurants, where participants can interact with the chefs and ask any questions about their local dishes.

Restaurant Week, Sacramento Chapter September 13-28: Enjoy the areas premiere dining locations during Restaurant Week! Participating restaurants are not only delicious but also local, with each restaurant using a number of ingredients grown within a 75 mile radius of downtown Sacramento! There are a variety of restaurants ranging in fare and price including Moshin Vineyards, Straw Hat Pizza, and Comforts Café.

Farm-to-Fork has tons of events to offer the Sacramento Community! Take the sustainability movement a step further by reserving your parking ahead of time. Not only will this save you time and money, but it will also reduce the amount of fuels used driving around the block looking for a spot!

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07 8 / 2014

Baltimore Parking Guide

Whether you’re a Baltimore local, or visiting for the day you should know that parking in the city can be a hassle.  Charm city is filled with a variety of garages and parking lots; the trouble is locating the nearest spot, with availability, for the best price. Imagine if you could do all that on your smartphone in a matter of seconds! Check out Parking Panda!

Here are some tips to help you navigate parking in Baltimore:

Inner Harbor:

The Inner Harbor is the epicenter of Baltimore city. The beautiful waterfront marketplace is home to a number of restaurants, shops, exhibits, and activities. Take a tour of the National Aquarium , hop aboard a cruise around the harbor, or shop stores located in Harbor place. You can catch live music at Pier Six Pavilion , or Power Plant Live!  With so much to do, and so many attractions make sure to reserve your parking ahead of time.

Bird land: Ravens and Orioles!

Charm City is filled with spirit and pride every game day! Weather it’s a warm summer night, or a cold winter Sunday, the streets will be bustling with orange and purple. Getting to the Stadium can be hard enough, and finding parking can even seem impossible. Reserve guaranteed Parking ahead of time for M&T Bank Stadium, and Oriole Park at Camden Yards and know where you’re going before get in the car!       

American Visionary Art Museum:

The American Visionary Art Museum located in Federal Hill, is known as America’s National museum for self-taught art. Filled with original and unique pieces, you can find something interesting on every floor. The Museum changes exhibitions every few months, currently featuring pieces from “Human, Soul, and Machine: The Coming Singularity”. Parking can be a pain, reserve it here and save time, money, and stress.

Maryland Science Center:

The Maryland Science Center was ranked in USA Today’s Top 10 Best Attractions and Activities in Baltimore! A great place to take the family and learn something new! The MSC features 8 exhibits including Dinosaur Mysteries, Newton’s Alley, Your Body, Our Place in Space, Follow the Blue Crab, The Kids Room, A Demonstration Stage, and The Links: SpaceLink, BodyLink, TerraLink. Spend your time perusing the museum not for parking; reserve your spot here!

Port Discovery:

Keep the kids entertained by heading over to Port Discovery! The Port Discovery Children’s Museum features exhibits created by Walt Disney Imagineering (the creators of Walt Disney World theme parks!) designed for children ages 2-10.  The museum holds 9 permanent exhibits with new visiting exhibits showcased throughout the year. Parking is bound to be an issue, be sure to reserve ahead of time and guarantee your spot!

Concert Halls and Theaters: Baltimore is full of venues for the performing arts. Coming in all all shapes and sizes, these exciting locations offer performances including live music, plays, operas, and other acts.

The Lyric Opera House:

The Lyric Opera House has a long history in Baltimore as a venue for a variety of events. Performances are still held in this historic location including concerts, operas, and plays. You can find a schedule of these events here and parking here.

Baltimore arena:

The Baltimore Arena is the areas largest indoor sports and entertainment facility. The arena hosts events such as Monster Jam, Disney on Ice, WWE, and various concerts. Holding 11,000 permanent seats, the Baltimore Arena draws large numbers of attendants and can create a rat race for parking. Avoid all the stress of finding a spot and reserve parking ahead of time!

Power Plant Live!

Power Plant Live! is a one-stop shop for nightlife! This multi-use venue, located near the Inner Harbor, is a collection of bars, nightclubs, and other businesses. You can check out upcoming events here. Remember to reserve Parking to save time and money!

The Hippodrome:

The Hippodrome Theatre is an iconic historic performing arts venue located on Eutaw street. The Hippodrome attracts “the best of touring Broadway and music to Baltimore!”. Seating over 2,200 people, the Hippodrome draws big crowds for every event. Parking on Eutaw Street can be tricky, reserve your parking ahead of time and save yourself some time, money, and stress.

Monthly parking

If you’re a local Baltimorean or a commuter into the city for work, I am sure you have experienced the difficulties and expenses associated with parking. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a personal assistant who took care of your parking for you, months at a time? Parking Panda is now offering monthly parking reservations! The process is quick and painless, just follow these three steps and we will take care of the rest (including rebooking for you each month!).

1. Go to parkingpanda.com

2. Search for the address where you need parking

3. Click the blue banner “Looking for monthly parking?

3. Make a reservation

Within 24-72 hours we will contact you letting you know your new monthly parking pass is available for pickup at your location. This card will allow seamless entry and exit from your location.

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31 7 / 2014

Houston Running Events

Although the summer heat is still prevalent in Houston, Parking Panda wants you to know that there are several upcoming running events later this summer and into the fall. Most of these events require you to register beforehand, so make sure you check the registration dates. Take a look at this list of popular races in the area:

The Color Run – August 23

The first 5K of the season is catered to all ages, and takes place in the area around Minute Maid Park. One of the more popular 5K’s around the country, the Color Run costs $45 a person, with a discounted price of $40 a person with a team of 4 or more runners. The signature aspect of this race is that after each kilometer, you get a different color paint dumped on you. By the end of the race, your originally white t-shirt is a rainbow.

Start time is 8, so figure out your parking ahead of time and avoid the hassle. Clink here to see parking options!

Run Rock Houston 5K & Music Festival – September 12

Looking to do something a little different on a Friday night? Look no further than the Run Rock 5K. This 5K, catered to an above-21 crowd, features local live music along the course, and is more about the journey to the finish line than setting a new personal record. Local acts, which you can nominate on their website, are located along the course. After you’re done the race, enjoy more live music and a beer garden until 11. The race starts at 8, and costs $35 per person.

This event offers on-site parking, but to reserve a spot ahead of time, click here.

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure – October 4

 

Perhaps the most famous 5K in the country, the Race for the Cure is a nationwide event series that donates a large portion of the money made from the race to breast cancer research. Prices vary depending on age, and they also offer a discount to those who have survived breast cancer in their lives. The race is mainly run on the Allen Parkway, and it is recommended that you show up at 7 AM.

To see our parking options close to the start line, please click here.

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28 7 / 2014

New York City Parking Tips and Guidelines

New York Overview: New York City is one of the most densely populated cities in the country and many deal with “New York City” traffic everyday. The roads can be very congested and finding parking is no easy task. The primary parking options in New York are on street parking and commercial parking facilities. In Manhattan alone there are over 1100 parking facilities with a wide range of prices. However, these facilities fill up fast and parking is at a premium.

Parking Panda can provide drivers with peace of mind as they can reserve parking in  advance. Here are some of the options Parking Panda offers at the most popular destinations in the New York.

Madison Square Garden:

Madison Square Garden is one the most historic stadiums in sports. The Garden is home to both the New York Rangers of the NHL and the New York Knicks of the NBA. Along with being used for both hockey and basketball games, Madison Square Garden also hosts many concerts, shows, circuses, boxing, and other forms of entertainment.

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217 West 29th Street

  • 0.2 miles away from the arena

  • Overnight parking available

  • On site staff

211 West 29th Street

  • 0.2 miles away from the arena

  • Overnight parking available

  • On site staff

241 West 26th Street

  • 0.2 miles away from stadium

  • On site staff

  • Handicap accessible

Click here to see all the Madison Square Garden options Parking Panda has to offer!

New York Yankees Parking:

The New York Yankees are the most successful franchise in the MLB. As the official partner of MLB.com, Parking Panda offers convenient parking near Yankee Stadium allowing fans to enjoy the baseball experience and follow the pinstripes throughout the season.

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1185 River Avenue

  • 0.3 miles away from stadium

  • Handicap accessible

  • On site staff

1295 Jerome Avenue

  • 0.5 miles away from stadium

  • Handicap accessible

  • On site staff

Click here to see full list of New York Yankees Parking!

Empire State Building:

The Empire State building is a can’t miss attraction for anyone visiting New York. The building’s roof stands 1,250 ft high, providing a great view of the entire city. The New York experience is really not complete until one has visited the top of the Empire State Building. Parking Panda makes parking easy and there are several spots right near New York’s famous skyscraper.

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841 Avenue of the Americas

  • 0.3 miles away from the Empire State Building

  • Overnight parking available

  • Handicap accessible

39 East 29th Street

  • 0.3 miles away from the Empire State Building

  • Handicap accessible

  • On site staff / Valet

80 Park Avenue Garage

  • 0.3 miles away from the Empire State Building

  • Overnight parking available

  • On site staff

Click here to see all Empire State Building options Parking Panda has to offer!

Safe travels and enjoy NYC!

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23 7 / 2014

Parking Panda Teams Up With the Ravens

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Parking Panda has announced today an official exclusive online parking reservation partnership with the Baltimore Ravens, providing third-party parking for M&T Bank Stadium. The partnership will allow customers to pre-purchase electronic parking passes online or on their smartphone for nearby parking garages and lots in advance to guarantee parking for the upcoming preseason and regular season.

“We’re absolutely thrilled about this partnership and for the extraordinary opportunity to transform the experience for the best football fans in the world,” said Parking Panda CEO, Nick Miller.

“Parking Panda is deeply committed to our hometown of Baltimore and our goal of making parking painless. This partnership bridges our passions together, and we look forward to providing a seamless parking experience to allow our fans and event-goers to fully enjoy their experience.”

With a stress-free parking solution, Baltimore sports fans can look forward to an exciting season ahead. Parking Panda will allow customers in the Baltimore area to choose from thousands of spaces, including on-site parking at the Horseshoe Casino. Thanks to Parking Panda’s innovative platform, Ravens fans will be able to view all partner parking facilities on an interactive map with real-time prices, distances, and availability. Reservations can be made anytime at an available parking location through the website or our iOS, Android, and Windows apps.

Fans can also easily select a game to view and purchase parking below:

As the Official Parking Partner of MLB.com, including the Baltimore Orioles, we are excited to continue to improve the game day experience by providing stress-free parking to sports fans nationwide.

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22 7 / 2014

Baltimore Restaurant Week 2014

I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!

The annual Baltimore Restaurant Week will take place August 1-10th. One hundred restaurants throughout the city will be offering 3-course dinners from $20-$30, as well as a 2-course lunches for $15! Take advantage of these offers and check out that restaurant you’ve been dying to try, get together with some friends, or go out for an affordable date night!

All over the city participating restaurants will be offering the unique experience of dining at a fraction of the cost!

Inner Harbor - Baltimore’s Inner Harbor will be offering 19 participants in restaurant week, the most of any area in the city! These eateries include Bistro 300, Brio Tuscan Grill, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co, Capital Grille, Diamond Tavern, Dicks Last Resort, Explorers Lounge, Fogo De Chao, Kona Grill, La Taska, M & S Grill, Mcormick and Schmick’s, Miss Shirley’s, Mortons the Steakhouse, PF Changs, RA Sushi, Ruth Chriss, Sullivans, and The Yard. Know where your headed before you get in your car by reserving your parking ahead of time!

Mt.Vernon - From Dooby’s Coffee to the Prime Rib there’s a taste for everyone during restaurant week in Mt. Vernon. Other restaurants include the Brewers Art, City Café, Helmand Restaurant, Indigma, Marie Lousie Bistro and Café, and Plates Restaurant and Catering. Don’t worry about parking , we’ve got you covered.

Harbor East - Harbor East is bound to be full of hungry patrons checking out the affordable grub. Participating restaurants include Chazz, Cinghaile, Fleet Street Kitchen, Flemings, Gordon Biersch Brewery, James Joyce Irish Pub, Lebanese Taverna, Oceanaire Seafood Room, Pazo, Roys of Baltimore, Top Ten American Bistro, and Waterfront Kitchen. You’ll have a hard enough time deciding on where to eat, so don’t waste anytime deciding on parking!

Little Italy - Being home to one of the cities busiest restaurant district, Little Italy has 9 eateries offering Restaurant Week discounts. These include Aldos, By Degrees Café, Chiapparellis, Da Mimmo, Germanos Piattini, La Tavola Ristorante Italiano, Mo’s Crab and Pasta Factory, OZRA, and Sabatinos. Make your reservations, and while your at it reserve your parking, and save time and money!

Fells Point - Restaurant Week makes its way into Fells with participation from 8 restaurants. Check out Alexander’s Tavern, Anastasia, Barocina, Bond Street Social, Kalis Court, Kalis Mezze, Riptide by the bay, and Tapas Adela. Don’t be bothered with finding parking, reserve your space ahead of time!

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16 7 / 2014

Artscape 2014

Its free I swear. Seriously, It’s absolutely 100% free.

ArtScape, America’s largest free art festival will return to Baltimore this weekend from June 18-20.  The festival known for its mixture of visual and performing arts will include a variety of entertainment for all ages, attracting 350,000 attendees over the course of the weekend.  The weekend is stockpiled with performances, displays, and activities, so no matter what you are in to, you can find something here!

What are you into anyway?

Music? Enjoy over 45 live musical performances spread out over 3 stages including a variety of genres including Rock, Hip Hop, Blues, Folk, Pop, Funk Reggae and more! If you prefer a more classical tune the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will also be performing!

Visual Art? There are over 150+ fine artists, fashion designers and craftspeople. But it doesn’t end there; you can visit the “Art Cars” display where artists put their own creative touch on their automobiles transforming them into pieces of art.

Performing Art? Check out Ballet Memphis and the Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater at the Lyric. Or head over to the Aerial Arts Arena where aerial artists, dancers, and circus acts will be performing above Charles Street!

Want to get creative? A new addition to Artscape 2014 is “Field Day”, consisting of a collection of participatory games, activities, and performances. Watch others, participate, and even compete against friends in these interactive activities.

Artscape is the place to be in Baltimore this weekend. With over 350,000 attendees throughout the weekend parking is bound to be a hassle, so we have teamed up with ArtScape to help you save time and money by reserving your parking ahead of time here.  

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