Thanks to Josh Kamensky’s great response in my previous post about open issues regard the Sunset Junction Street Festival, I also got off my butt and picked up the phone to talk to Michael McKinley.
Here are some new things you might want to know:
- If you are a resident, you can get two free passes per household by showing proof at the Sunset Junction headquarters at the Tsunami Cafe at 4019 Sunset Blvd. Qualifying households must be within 1 block of the festival.
- The street closure this year will be on Sunset Blvd from Edgecliff to Fountain – that means that all the other streets that cross in between will also be closed: Bates, Santa Monica, Sanborn, Hyperion and Lucille. If you want to get across Sunset and don’t want to either end, try Myra which connects Santa Monica and Fountain and goes under Sunset. (For some bizarro reason the website doesn’t actually mention the specific location of the festival).
- Entry to the festival is at 10 gates – one on each side of the street at each intersection.
- In order to reduce parking congestion in the neighborhood, the festival organizers have arranged parking for the vendors at KCET, which frees up 250 spots in the surrounding neighborhoods (and the vendors were arriving early and leaving late, so that means more room for turnovers).
- The fee this year is not a suggested donation.
- The festival organizers and the city are also working on satellite parking lots, possibly at Micheltorena School and LACC, hopefully with shuttles. Even if that doesn’t work out, public transportation may be your best bet. If you don’t want to trek all the way there on the bus or subway, parking elsewhere like Echo Park or Hollywood along Sunset and hopping on a bus for a mile or so should do the trick.
The Sunset Junction Street Festival is Saturday, August 26th & Sunday August 27th. (Personally the lineup isn’t enough to get me out of the house, but deep fried Snickers might do it.)