Sunset Junction 2009: The Wait Is Over

No more maybes... it's on

There were times during the past year when it looked like the sun was setting on the Sunset Junction Street Festival.

The annual festival has exploded from neighborhood get-together to a massive musicpalooza. That led the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council Governing Board to discuss the future of the event earlier this year.

Silver Lake residents and merchants told the Board that organizers are not working closely enough with the community. They said the poor relationship has hurt business and created parking and traffic problems.

Organizers pointed out that the revenue goes back to the community.

In April, the Board voted that the festival cannot exist in its current form. A few keys issues were raised -- the need for a clear action plan, festival boundaries, and wristbands for area residents.

What's all that mean for the 29th Annual Sunset Junction Street Festival this Saturday and Sunday?

Not a whole lot. A boundary was moved back to Edgecliff Drive and people who live in the immediate area around the festival -- one block away -- will get in free.

This year's event features three stages, more than 30 live performances and more of just about everything -- food stands, activities and games, and arts and crafts.


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Conor Oberst & The Mystic Valley Band headline Saturday's lineup. Built to Spill is Sunday's headliner. 

And that brings us to the big question -- Where to park? The Circuit City lot, 4400 Sunset Blvd., is just one block away.

Because that lot will be full by the time you arrive, there's Los Angeles City College, 840 Heliotrope Dr. That's about five blocks away. A shuttle will be available.

There also are a pair of nearby subway stations -- Santa Monica-Vermont and Sunset-Vermont.

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