Garvey Avenue will be closed this coming weekend for three days and parking restrictions will in place on neighboring streets on February 2 - 4 for the annual Lunar New Year Festival and flea market sponsored by a Chinese language newspaper and supported by the city of Monterey Park. Garvey Avenue will be closed from Friday, Feb. 2 beginning at 6 p.m. until Sunday night, Feb. 4 after clean-up. Garfield Avenue will be open to traffic. More than 200 commercial food and miscellanous exhibit and food booths are expected to line Garvey Avenue drawing thousands of people to the event. Carnival rides, Craft booths and entertainment is also planned. Admission to the festival is free.
Parking restrictions will also be in place on Emerson and Newmark avenues which parallel Garvey Avenue and draw thousands of cars trying to cross through Monterey Park. Residents of the two streets are urging motorists to avoid the area if they are not attending the festival. No parking will be permited on the north side of Emerson Avenue and the southside of Newmark Avenue between Garfield Avenue and Orange Avenue. The parking restriction is to provide an open lane for emergency vehicles.
The festival will stretch from Garfield Avenue to Orange Avenue, the heart of Downtown Monterey Park, also known as "Little Taipei."