Every year on Halloween, West Hollywood throws a massive street party that stretches along Santa Monica Blvd. from La Cienega Blvd. to Doheny Drive and features tons of entertainment, including the all the bars and restaurants in the area, six performing stages, and of, course, tons of people in costume.
In fact, nearly 500,000 people are expected to show up for this year’s Carnival, which makes for a good time, but also makes for a traffic and parking nightmare.
Luckily, we have a few tips to help make getting into and out of the area easier.
1. Get there early: The party starts at 6:00 pm, but as residents in the area can tell you, traffic and parking starts getting bad way before then, so the earlier you can get there, the better.
2. Routes to avoid: If you’re coming from the 101 fwy, streets like Santa Monica, Sunset, and Melrose will be a nightmare (and not in a cool Halloween way). Try streets that are further south like Beverly or 3rd, then make your way north. If you’re approaching from the 10 fwy, try to avoid obvious streets like La Cienega, Robertson, and Fairfax (you might get lucky with Crescent Heights, which runs from virtually 10 fwy all the way into WeHo). If you’re approaching from the west, avoid Santa Monica through Beverly Hills at all costs.
Coming from the Valley? You’re screwed. The 405 sucks, the 10 sucks, the 101 sucks, Laurel Canyon Sucks, Coldwater Canyon sucks, Highland sucks…
3. Parking: It’s not going to be easy to find, and unless you score street parking, it’s not gonna be cheap. Here’s a list of parking structures and rates in the area. If you’re lucky, you have a friend who lives near the area and can hold a spot for you on the street until you get there. However, most neighborhoods adjacent to the party will have a sheriff posted, ensuring only residents can get in, so again, get there early.
However, West Hollywood is not enforcing permit parking that night, so if you find a spot a Fountain Ave., you scored! They will, however, be enforcing meter parking.
4. Try West Hollywood’s “FrankenRide” Park far away, then take the free shuttle to the party. The FrankenRide runs approximately every 15 minutes along Santa Monica between Fuller and Croft, stopping at every metro bus stop.
5. Shoes: Chances are you’ll park far away, which means you’ll be walking. A lot. And even if by some miracle you find a close parking spot, the carnival itself is from Doheny to La Cienega, about a mile in length, which means you’ll be walking. A lot. So unless ripping your feet off is part of your costume, you’ll want to wear shoes that are comfortable. Trust us.
For more information, including events, street closures, and parking info, visit www.Weho.org.
– Carlos Delgado, CBS Radio