There are many parking lots near the Spring Arts Collective. Some of the most frequented are near the corner of 4th and Spring Streets. Rates vary between $8 to $15 depending upon time of day. Open parking spots on the street can be difficult to find, but meters are active until 8pm and take credit cards or quarters.
Spring Street is one-way and three outdoor parking lots are near the corner of 4th Street. If you continue down Spring, there is also a small outdoor lot, on the right side just before you hit 5th Street.
We've numbered the lots on the map so you can match them up with the photos. If you miss the parking lots on your first pass, just take a right on 5th Street (one way), take another right on Broadway (next major street), and another quick right on 4th Street (also one way) and start again.
After you park, walk down Spring Street following the one-way traffic toward 5th Street. Take a right on 5th Street and walk inside the main entrance of The Last Bookstore In Los Angeles on right side of street.
Once inside the Last Bookstore, go upstairs. There is only one set of stairs and one elevator going up, so you can't miss it. Once upstairs, turn left into the main Springs Arts Gallery and continue on past to all of the Spring Arts Collective studios. Each artist has their own individual hours, but the best time to catch all the artists is on Saturday from 1pm to 5pm.
Directions to the Spring Arts Collective. There are a million ways to get downtown, so, if you've never been before, don't let the numerous freeways and exits intimidate you. The journey is well worth it and you only need to remember a few streets which are listed on the map.
1) 10 FWY FROM WEST L.A. (a) Take the 10 Fwy East (b) Take 110 Fwy North to Downtown. (c) Take 4th Street exit East (It's a few exits past the Staples Center) (d) Go past Hill St. and Broadway and just before Spring St. there is an outdoor parking lot on your right.
2) 10 FWY FROM EAST L.A., West Covina, Redlands, or Palm Springs: (a) Take the 10 Fwy West then follow the same directions in #1 above.
3) 101 FWY FROM HOLLYWOOD, North Hollywood, Sherman Oaks, Woodland Hills, Santa Barbara: (a) Take 101 South to Downtown. (b) Take Broadway exit. (c) Go straight past Broadway Ave (first set of lights) (d) Take a right at second set of lights - Spring Street. (e) On the corner of Spring and 4th Street you will see two outdoor parking lots on right side. There is a less expensive lot on left side of Spring just before 4th street.
4) 5 FWY FROM GLENDALE, Burbank, Sylmar, Northridge, Valencia: (a) Take 5 Fwy South. (b) Take 110 Fwy South to Downtown. (c) If traffic is heavy, take Hill Street exit (from left lane of freeway) and drive thru Chinatown. (d) Take a left on 1st Street. (e) Take a right on Spring Street (f) On the corner of Spring and 4th Street you will see two outdoor parking lots on right side and one on the left.
5a) 110 FWY FROM PASADENA, Arcadia, Glendora, Rancho Cucamonga, Palm Springs: (a) Take 210 Fwy West to Pasadena. (b) Take 110 Fwy South to Downtown. (c) If traffic is heavy, take Hill Street exit (from left lane of freeway) and drive thru Chinatown. (d) Take a left on 1st Street. (e) Take a right on Spring Street (f) On the corner of Spring and 4th Street you will see two outdoor parking lots on right side and a less expensive lot on the left side.
5b) 110 FWY FROM PASADENA (Alternate #1) (a) Take 110 Fwy South to Downtown. (b) Take 101 South exit (c) Exit on Broadway. (d) Go straight past Broadway Ave (first set of lights) (e) Take a right at second set of lights - Spring Street. (f) On the corner of Spring and 4th Street you will see two outdoor parking lots on right side and one lot on the left side.
If you've never ridden the Metro to downtown Los Angeles, you have to try it. With few exceptions, riding the Metro to The Last Bookstore makes more sense than driving. The cost is $1.75 one-way unless you purchase a Day Pass. Find the Line nearest to you on the map, then check below for more specific info:
1) RED LINE and PURPLE LINE: So, when you visit the Spring Arts Collective, just take the Metro to the Pershing Square stop. Ride the escalator up to 5th Street and walk against the one-way vehicle traffic towards Broadway. Cross the street at Broadway and enter The Last Bookstore (on the left side of 5th Street). The entrance is located just past CB1 Gallery before you reach Spring Street. For more specific info on other Metro stops, see below:
2a) GOLD LINE: (a) Ride the Gold Line to Union Station. (b) Exit the train and walk down the stairs into the main terminal. (c) Inside the terminal, locate the Red Line and Purple Line. (d) You can ride either Line to Pershing Square as they're located right next to each other. (e) Exit at Pershing Square and follow the instructions above at #1.
2b) GOLD LINE alternate: If you don't want to change trains at Union Station and you enjoy walking, take the Gold Line to the Little Tokyo stop. (a) Exit at Little Tokyo. (b) Walk up 1st Street thru Little Tokyo to Spring Street. (You will walk past the Los Angeles Police Dept. headquarters to the L.A Times building. (c) Take a left on Spring. (d) Stay on the right side of the road. (e) Just before you get to 5th Street, enter the Spring Arts Tower at 453 S. Spring Street, and take first left past the Security desk into The Last Bookstore. (f) You can also enter The Last Bookstore on 5th Street, just before you reach the CB1 Gallery.
3) EXPO LINE and BLUE LINE: (a) Ride to final stop at 7th Street downtown. (b) Change trains to the Red or Purple Line and get off at first stop -- Pershing Square. Then follow instructions in #1 above.
FROM LAX (Los Angeles International Airport): The airport offers an amazing bus service called LAX FlyAway. For only $7 you can ride in a very comfortable, air-conditioned bus directly to downtown's Union Station. When you exit your terminal's baggage claim, just follow the signs for shuttle services and find the sign for FlyAway. (Make sure you take the Union Station bus and not the Van Nuys bus).
When you arrive at Union Station, exit the Bus and walk into the main terminal, go down the stairs and find the Red Line and Purple Line. You can ride either Line to the Pershing Square stop. Then follow the instructions above in #1. (You'll need a Tap Card to ride the Metro, see video below)
Watch a video on how to ride the L.A. Metro:
Watch a video on how to buy a TAP card: