WEST HOLLYWOOD – West Hollywood’s Halloween Carnaval (think a Halloween version of Mardi Gras) takes place Tuesday, when thousands of people parade elaborate, creative and flamboyant costumes along a pedestrian only section of Santa Monica Boulevard.
The party officially lasts from 6 to 10:30 p.m.
Here’s a survival guide for Tueaday’s mother of all monster mashes.
The event will take place from 6 to 11 p.m. on a 1-mile stretch of Santa Monica Boulevard from Doheny Drive to La Cienega Boulevard. The event is free, but bring money for the street vendors selling food and drinks. Many of the bars will be charging a cover. Be prepared for long lines.
No kids or pets
People are discouraged from bringing pets and children due to the dense crowds. Also, don’t bring strollers. This suggestion should be obvious.
- San Vicente Boulevard between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue from midnight Tuesday to 7 a.m. Wednesday.
- Santa Monica Boulevard between La Cienega Boulevard and Croft Avenue/Holloway Drive from 6 a.m. Tuesday to 6 a.m. Wednesday
- Santa Monica Boulevard between Doheny Drive and La Cienega Boulevard and all adjacent side streets just to the north and south of Santa Monica Boulevard between Doheny and La Cienega from noon Tuesday to 6 a.m. Wednesday
- La Cienega Boulevard’s northbound and southbound traffic in the vicinity of Santa Monica Boulevard will close 2 p.m. on Tuesday
- All alleyways between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue from midnight Monday to 7 a.m. Tuesday
- The following streets will be closed from noon Tuesday to 6 a.m. Wednesday:
- Robertson Boulevard between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue
- Almont Drive between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue
- La Peer Drive between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue
- San Vicente Boulevard between Santa Monica Boulevard and Cynthia Street
- Sunset Boulevard’s eastbound and westbound turn lanes onto south La Cienega Boulevard
Visitors are encouraged to carpool or use public transportation to arrive at the carnaval. Metro offers several transit options to get to West Hollywood. Use the trip planner.
The City will offer three free transit options:
- CityLineX will run from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday from Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue to Santa Monica Boulevard and Sweetzer Avenue
- Hollywood Link (a special CityLineX service to and from La Brea only) – will run from 8 p.m. Tuesday to 1 a.m. Wednesday between Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard and La Brea Avenue. (Connect to The PickUp’s special service from the stop at La Brea, on the south side of the street, to reach the carnaval)
- The PickUp will run from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday along Santa Monica Boulevard and will stop at all regular eastbound stops between Sweetzer and La Brea avenues. Once the PickUp reaches its La Brea Avenue stop, it will take an express route west toward the Halloween Carnaval via Melrose Avenue to its special Halloween stop on Kings Road and Santa Monica Boulevard. From 11 p.m. Tuesday to 3 a.m. Wednesday, the PickUp will only run eastbound from Kings Road and Santa Monica Boulevard to La Brea Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard.
The City of West Hollywood will suspend permit parking from 11 a.m. Tuesday to noon Wednesday.
Parking meters will be waived citywide from 6 p.m. Tuesday to 2 a.m. Wednesday.
Observe the boundaries of West Hollywood. If parking occurs in Los Angeles or Beverly Hills, those parking restrictions will be enforced.
Public parking for the West Hollywood Halloween Costume Carnaval will be available at the following locations for a fee:
8383 Santa Monica Blvd.
EV charging stations
- La Jolla Lot ($20)
1044 La Jolla Ave.
- Orange Grove Lot ($20)
1114 N. Orange Grove Ave.
- Pacific Design Center ($20)
8687 Melrose Ave.
- Queens Road Parking Lot ($20)
8459 Sunset Blvd.
- Spaulding Lot ($20)
7718 Santa Monica Blvd.
- Sunset Lot ($20)
8775 Sunset Blvd.
901 Hancock Ave.
- Palm Lot ($20 fee)
815 Palm Ave
- West Hollywood Gateway ($12 fee)
7100 Santa Monica Blvd. (enter from Romaine Street, just south of Santa Monica Boulevard)
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