Finding free parking for Oktoberfest weekend will be a little easier starting Thursday night.

The gates on all of La Crosse's downtown parking ramps are being removed by six p-m and parking on the ramps will be free. Officials say they are making the change to help avoid any damage to the gates and machines.

Reserved spots will still be reserved until Friday  at 6 p.m. The gates will be put back up Monday morning and ramp parking will return to normal.