Everything You Need To Know About The West Hollywood Carnaval

There’s a ton of stuff going down in Los Angeles on Halloween, but none of them are quite like WeHo’s annual Halloween Carnaval!

The city-wide event has been going on since 1987, bringing around 500,000 people dressed in spectacular costumes to roam the mile-long stretch of bars, restaurants, and stages. Even if you’re not a first-timer, all the hustle and bustle can be a bit overwhelming – that’s why we’ve gathered all of the information you need to know about this year’s carnival to ensure a smooth sailing Halloween.

When & Where:

Wednesday, October 31 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., though the bars will remain open until 2 a.m. The Carnaval takes place on Santa Monica Boulevard, between Doheny Drive and La Cienega Boulevard, every year.


Free! But the surrounding food trucks, restaurants, and bars accept cash and card.

Populars Places to Eat & Drink:


Traffic is literally going to be crazy (500,000 bodies people…), so the easiest thing to do would be to catch a ride on the metro or to use a ridesharing app.

You can figure out the best route according to where you live here using Metro’s Trip Planner.

If you live in West Hollywood, you can use The Pickup, which will run from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. this Halloween.

Ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft will have trouble dropping you off directly on the street since there will be a ton of road closures. Your best bet would be to get dropped off in a nearby neighboorhood and walking down to Santa Monica – wear comfy shoes!

If you decide to drive (you’re a trooper) there are a few options available. From October 31 to noon on November 1, street parking is free but only in West Hollywood. There are also a ton of parking garages that you can pay for including:

Remember, it’s never okay to drink and drive so be sure to plan accordingly.

Not to mention, there will be dozens of check-points so save yourself the trouble!

Happy Halloween!

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