Frequently Asked Questions – Halloween Carnaval

The Basics

Is the Halloween Carnaval event free? Do I need a ticket?

The West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval is free and no tickets are required…party on and spend your money at the bar later!

Is it open to all ages?

The event is open to the public, and we recommend leaving kids and pets at home—it’s sure to get risqué and crowded.

Are there ins and outs?

Yes. The Carnaval is a huge street party—attendees are free to walk the boulevard and pop into nearby venues for libations and more debauchery. You can’t purchase or consume booze on the street.

Where is the event?

On Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood, California (a part of historic Route 66), between N Doheny Dr and La Cienega Blvd.

What time is the event?

The official Carnaval runs from 6 PM to 11 PM but don’t fret! The celebrations continue well into the night inside nearby venues.

Any special requirements?

No backpacks, camera bags or totes please. To get in, carry items in clear plastic bags.

Entertainment

Is there live entertainment?

Duh! There’s a main stage in addition to other performance areas where artists play. The headliners and other acts are TBA, so stay tuned!

Who’s performing?

We’re equally eager to find out, but the artist line-up is normally released a few weeks prior to Halloween. Past headliners include Boy George, Pink, and Robyn, so the bar is set pretty high.

Is there a Queen?

Besides the many fab drag queens, there is an official naming ceremony for Queen of The Carnaval. Past recipients include Rihanna, Queen Latifah, Lisa Vanderpump, oh … and Ryan Seacrest (?!).

Is there entertainment elsewhere?

This is WeHo’s biggest and baddest party. You can enjoy plenty of parties (and after-parties) at many WeHo venues.

Logistics

How do I get there?

Use a rideshare service like Uber or Lyft to the event. Don’t expect to get dropped off right at the Carnaval—there are road closures surrounding the boulevard. Instead, ask your driver to drop you at the passenger loading zones (designated from 6:00 PM to 2:00 AM) on Santa Monica Blvd just west of Orlando Ave, and Melrose Ave just east of Huntley Dr.

Is there parking?

Yes, public parking lots are available in the city, most charge around $20. Beware. the surrounding traffic is a bit of a nightmare.

Can I take public transportation?

Yes, the free, safe, and easy way to get to the Halloween Carnaval is The Pickup, which travels a special route for this occasion. Cityline will also do a modified route for Halloween.

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