WEST HOLLYWOOD—The annual West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval is returning to Santa Monica Boulevard on Tuesday, October 31 from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. between Doheny Drive and La Cienega Boulevard. Children and pets are discouraged from attending because of dense crowds.
There will be several live DJs throughout the event to keep people entertained. The bars and shops in the area will be serving special drinks and food to all Carnaval attendees. The event is free to the public. Drinking in public is banned and no backpacks, tote bags or camera bags are allowed. Only plastic or clear bags can be brought to the event.
According to a press release from the city of West Hollywood, Mayor Jon Heilman, and several members of the city council will attend the event and will host a special program at 8:45 p.m. at the San Vicente stage.
“The annual Halloween Carnaval is always such an exciting event,” said Mayor John Heilman. “I’m amazed each year by the imagination and talent that go in to creating elaborate and inventive costumes. The joy of the crowd is palpable and the celebration is a wonderful testament to the City of West Hollywood’s creativity.”
Due to the Halloween Carnaval, there will be street closures in the city from Tuesday, October 31 until and the morning of Wednesday, November 1. Main closures are San Vicente Boulevard between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue from 12 a.m. on Tuesday, October 31, to 7 a.m. on Wednesday, November 1;
- Santa Monica Boulevard between La Cienega Boulevard and Croft Avenue/Holloway Drive from 6 a.m. on Tuesday, October 31, through 6 a.m. on Wednesday, November 1;
- 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 12 p.m. on Tuesday, October 31, through 6 a.m. on Wednesday, November 1; and
- La Cienega Boulevard will close to northbound/southbound traffic in the vicinity of Santa Monica Boulevard at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, October 31.
Additional street closure information is available on the City’s website at: www.weho.org/visitors/events-in-the-city/halloween-carnaval/street-closures. Due to street closures, there will be modifications to CityLine and CityLineX routes on Halloween day — details can be found at www.weho.org/cityline.
The City will suspend permit parking restrictions for the Halloween Carnaval from 11 a.m. on Tuesday, October 31, to 12 p.m. on Wednesday, November 1. Parking meters will be waived citywide from 6 p.m. on Tuesday, October 31, to 2 a.m. on Wednesday, November 1. Carnaval-goers are reminded to observe the boundaries of West Hollywood. If parking occurs in the city of Los Angeles or in the city of Beverly Hills, all parking restrictions must be strictly observed. Public parking will be available at lots throughout the City for a fee; lot location and price information is posted on the city’s website at: www.weho.org/visitors/events-in-the-city/halloween-carnaval/parking-information.
West Hollywood encourages Carnaval-goers to leave cars at home, to carpool, or to use public transportation options. Metro offers several transit options to get to West Hollywood. A trip planner is available at www.metro.net.
The city will offer Carnaval-goers three free transit options to help get to and from the Halloween Carnaval:
- CityLineX (Modified Service) – will run from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. from Hollywood and Highland to Santa Monica Boulevard/Sweetzer Avenue;
- Hollywood Link (Special CityLineX Service to and from La Brea Only) – will run from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. between Hollywood and Highland and Santa Monica Boulevard/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 Halloween Carnaval); and
- The PickUp (Special Service) – will run from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. along Santa Monica Boulevard and will stop at all regular eastbound stops between Sweetzer Avenue/La Brea Avenue. 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/Santa Monica Boulevard. From 11 p.m. to 3 a.m., The PickUp will only run eastbound from Kings Road/Santa Monica Boulevard to La Brea Avenue/Santa Monica Boulevard.
West Hollywood’s Halloween Carnaval was launched in 1987 and is rooted in the foundation of the City of West Hollywood’s diverse culture and community. Each year, the event is a gathering of phenomenal costumes, entertainment, culture, and self-expression with a myriad of observers, revelers, exhibitionists, and performers. People come from all over the region to take part in the fun.
For additional information about the West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval visit www.weho.org/halloween or call (323) 848-6503. To contact the City’s Communications staff during the event, please call (323) 513-7861 or (213) 248-1391. For people who are deaf or hearing impaired, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.