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How to make the best of a parking nightmare at Grand Avenue Festival

September 26, 2008 |  4:30 pm

Grandavenuefestival Organizers of this year's Grand Avenue Festival expect nearly 30,000 people to attend the free arts event featuring music, dance, drum circles and gallery tours. The festival runs Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown L.A. 

With performances also going on at the Mark Taper Forum and Ahmanson Theatre (not to mention three Sunday masses at the nearby Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels), you can expect traffic in the neighborhood to be especially onerous that day.

So here are some hints to help you navigate the sea of vehicles and pedestrians:

• Street closures: Grand Avenue from 3rd Street through Temple, and 1st Street between Olive and Hope Streets, will be closed prior to, during, and after the festival.

• The main access to the Music Center parking garage on Grand Avenue will be closed, so don't count on parking there. Your best bet will be to use the Walt Disney Concert Hall garage, which you should enter at Lower Grand because of the street closures. The parking fee is $8 per vehicle.

• Other pay parking facilities include the Five-Star lot directly facing Disney Hall, as well as the lot located at Olive Street. and 3rd Street.

• Or just take Metro. The Red Line drops you off at Civic Center. From the station exit, walk north up the hill on 1st Street for one block toward Grand Avenue.

— David Ng

Photo: Hill & Knowlton / Grand Avenue Festival