Sunset Junction Street Fair is this weekend, Saturday from 10 AM to 11 PM and Sunday from 10 AM to 10 PM.
There are some changes this year. First, the venue has moved slightly. It will now straddle Santa Monica Blvd. and Sunset Blvd. (the true Sunset Junction) which means that it doesn’t go as far east on Sunset. Moving down the street a bit may help ease some of the traffic congestion and allow more businesses to remain open to regular customers (instead of those that must pay the mandatory entrance fee of $15).
(those little flags on the map don’t mean anything, it was just an easy way to generate a map with the endpoints of the fair.)
The entrance fee has gone up this year to $15 at the gate ($12 if your order in advance).
See full map here.
The lineup of musical acts include:
Saturday: Crosby Tyler, Renee Dawson, Ritmo Flamenco, DJ Sloe Poke, Division Day, Bobby Matos, The Lions, The Pity Party, Raks Majnoun, Breakestra, The Parson Red Heads, Renaissance, Sy Smith, Culver City Dub Collective, The Emotions, Medusa, The Broken West, Deniece Williams, Jesse de la Pena, Sea Wolf, Morris Day & The Time, Autolux, Blonde Redhead, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals.
Sunday: Cuahtemoc, Tawny Ellis, Mesmera, Eric Coleman, Eskimohunter, Vilma Diaz, Balfete, The Movies, Thelma Jones, Conjunto Jardin, The Airbone Toxic Event, Millie Jackson, Rocky Dawuni, The Aggrolites, The O’Jays, Cheb i Sabbah, The Bronx, Hot Hot Heat, Buzzcocks, She Wants Revenge.
According to a “suggest a story” contribution (which I’m not able to verify … leave some contact info folks!) the LAPD, Sunset Junction organizers,
Silverlake Neighborhood Council Silver Lake Improvement Association and Sunset Junction Neighborhood Alliance have gotten together to discuss the issues of the festival. Further, there will be the opportunity for the public to attend a “post mortem” meeting in September to air new or unaddressed grievances about the festival.
The Festival is a bit more proactive this year about informing attendees about parking options (LACC with a shuttle) and the public transportation, but still hasn’t made any mention on their website about parking respectfully in the neighborhoods (or anything to dissuade folks from that). See those suggestions on their site