NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- With thousands of people expected to visit downtown Norfolk for HarborFest and other festivities people said parking is terrible.

Several parking meter spots are covered for special event parking and parts of streets like Waterside Drive are closed.

The City has 26 parking garages and lots in the area, but downtown residents like Weston Kuenstler said parking in the area is still hectic.

"The parking gets kind of bad. Just naturally the parking garage they are not all assigned but you can pay for an assigned spot but you know that's just more money," said Kuenstler.

Kuenstler said he pays $50 a month to park in the City's Freemason Street garage but that doesn't guarantee him a parking spot.

"The worst is if you are out doing something and you live here and you come back here and the garage is full I mean you're out of luck," said Kuenstler.

To avoid the parking problem Kuenstler said he's going to try not to move his car from the garage all weekend.

Another resident told 13News Now she was going out of town this weekend to avoid the area.

Meanwhile Barbara Willis, who visited downtown Friday for HarborFest said she had to walk several blocks to find a parking spot.

"The closer you get to the HarborFest the more difficult it is to find parking it was a nightmare! That's why we are walking about 6 city blocks for where we had to park," said Willis.

This weekend the City is adding more ferry and Tide times urging people to seek parking outside of the immediate downtown area and use public transportation.

You can head to the City's website for more information about parking sites.