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West Hollywood’s Halloween Carnaval 2017: Street closures, how to get there, and more

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It’s the event’s 30th anniversary

The 2016 WeHo Halloween Carnaval.
Courtesy of Jon Viscott/City of West Hollywood

It’s time once again for a Los Angeles Halloween tradition—the West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval returns tonight, bringing hordes of outrageously costumed folks and live DJs for one fun night. The carnival began in 1987, meaning that this year is its 30th anniversary.

The free, annual event takes place from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Santa Monica Boulevard, from Doheny Drive to La Cienega Boulevard, meaning the street and several others in the city will be closed to accommodate the party. With Halloween falling on a weekday, those street closures are bound to impact some work commutes.

Here are the major streets to avoid, starting in the wee hours of the morning tomorrow:

  • San Vicente Boulevard between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue from noon today to 7 a.m. Wednesday
  • Santa Monica Boulevard between La Cienega Boulevard and Croft Avenue/Holloway Drive from 6 a.m. today 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 today to 6 a.m. Wednesday
  • La Cienega Boulevard will close to northbound/southbound traffic in the vicinity of Santa Monica Boulevard at 2 p.m. today

The city’s also closing some additional streets nearby:

  • Robertson Boulevard, Almont Drive, and La Peer Avenue between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue from noon today to 6 a.m. Wednesday
  • San Vicente Boulevard between Santa Monica Boulevard and Cynthia Street from noon today to 6 a.m.
  • Sunset Boulevard eastbound/westbound turn lanes onto southbound La Cienega Boulevard from 2 p.m. today to 6 a.m. on Wednesday

Traffic into West Hollywood for the event is always bumper-to-bumper, so WeHo is encouraging people to leave their cars at home. The city will be running three free transit options to the festivities, with information on routes and stops here.

Those who do drive will find waived permit parking restrictions from 11 a.m. today to noon Wednesday within city limits. All of WeHo’s parking meter fees will be waived from 6 p.m. today to 2 a.m. Wednesday. Those who can’t find street parking will likely have to shell out around $20 to park in a city lot.

The intense crowds of people that turn out for this event are not for everyone, and the city of West Hollywood is asking that revelers not bring their children or pets to the event because of the high volume of attendees expected.