California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) is the host of Blast Radius: &Now 2015. Located at 24700 McBean Parkway, Valencia, CA, 91355, CalArts is approximately 35-45 minutes north of most points in the metro Los Angeles Area.

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is the largest airport serving the area, and has the most flexibility in airlines, arrival times and fares.

Bob Hope International Airport (BUR) in Burbank, CA is a smaller airport and can be a great option as well, with a wide range of flight times and fares from both major and smaller airports.

Van Nuys airport can be a good option, but can have less flight availability than LAX or BUR.

Other airports, such as Ontario and Long Beach, often post lower fares, especially for last minute purchases, but be advised that these airports are about 1.5-2 hours away or more, depending on traffic, from CalArts.

Ground Transportation to CalArts

The most flexible way to attend &Now 2015 and enjoy the Los Angeles area is to rent a car. See below for discounted rates on rental cars.

There are a variety of shared van airport transport service available to CalArts from LAX, including SuperShuttle and PrimeTime Shuttle. Roundtrip reservations can be made in advance.

Driving Directions (to campus):

From Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) via the 405 Freeway:

  • Follow signs to exit airport via 405 freeway
  • Keep left at the fork and merge onto W Century Blvd (0.6 mi)
  • Turn left onto Airport Blvd (1.4 mi)
  • Slight right onto S La Tijera Blvd (0.7 mi)
  • Turn left to merge onto I-405 N toward Santa Monica (0.5 mi)
  • Continue on I-405 N to Santa Clarita.
  • Take the McBean Pkwy exit from I-5 N (33.6 mi / 37 min total for 405/5)
  • Turn right onto McBean Pkwy (0.3 mi)
  • Turn right into CalArts campus

From LAX via the 5 Freeway

  • Take the 105 E exit out of the airport for approx. 4.8 miles
  • Take the Interstate 110 N towards Los Angeles; keep left at the fork and follow signs for Los Angeles
  • Keep to the far left lanes to stay on the 110 N, approx 12 miles
  • Stay in the left lane for the Interstate 5 North freeway
  • Take the 5 North approx. 27 miles
  • Take the McBean Parkway exit
  • Turn right on McBean, and take the next immediate right onto the CalArts campus

From neighborhoods on the 101 Freeway:

  • Take the U.S. 101 N toward Ventura
  • Keep left to continue on CA-170 N/Hollywood Fwy, follow signs for Sacramento
  • 6.0 mi
  • Keep left at the fork, follow signs for Interstate 5 N/Sacramento and merge onto I-5 N, 15.0 mi
  • Take the McBean Pkwy exit
  • Turn right on McBean, and take the next immediate right onto the CalArts campus

From neighborhoods on the Glendale/CA 2 Freeway

  • Take the Glendale Freeway/CA 2 North
  • Keep to the left, take the CA 210 W freeway
  • Take the CA 210 W to the Interstate 5 N on the left
  • Take the McBean Pkwy exit
  • Turn right on McBean, and take the next immediate right onto the CalArts campus
  • (Alternately, depending on proximity, one could take the Glendale Freeway/CA 2 South to the 5 N, then take the 5N all the way to McBean Parkway)

Rental Cars

We are working with a variety of rental agencies to provide discounted rates. Please check back for more rental codes.

Hertz: Hertz is offering a special rate for &Now Conference Attendees. Please download this PDF for the discount code and more details.

Enterprise: Enterprise is offering a special rate for &Now Conference Attendees. Please download this PDF for the discount code and more details. In addition to LAX, Enterprise has rental locations in Glendale, Burbank, and other points in Los Angeles at which these discounted rates are available.


If you choose to rent a car, and if you choose to lodge in the city of Los Angeles, we would love it if you’d consider carpooling with non-driving participants staying in Los Angeles. If you are interested, please click the link below.

Ride Share List

Parking Information

Parking is free and plentiful on the CalArts campus.  On your first day, please let the guard at the security gate know that you’re attending the &Now festival, and they’ll let you in.  After you register, please show the guard your name badge when driving onto the campus.  Park anywhere you like (except in reserved spaces), though the most convenient spaces are at the front of the school. No permit needed.

Public Transportation

If you are staying in the city of Los Angeles, and you’d like a ride to Blast Radius: &Now 2015, please check the “Ride Share-Passenger” box on your registration form, and we’ll add you to the Blast Radius Ride Share list.

There is a bus service called the Fly Away that provides transportation to/from LAX to Union Station, a major transit hub for LA Metro buses, trains and CalTrans and Amtrak trains. The Fly Away can be picked up under the green “Fly Away” sign at the center island of each LAX airport terminal. The fare is $8, and must be paid with debit or credit cards only, no cash. The schedule is hourly, with additional service during rush hour. The Fly Away schedule can be viewed here.

From Union Station

To reach CalArts on public transportation during the weekday schedule of Blast Radius: &Now 2015, take the Red Line train to North Hollywood Station, then transfer to Santa Clarita Transit for the #757 bus. You will get off at the McBean Parkway-Rockwell Canyon Blvd stop, which is right next to the CalArts campus main entrance.

During the weekend schedule of Blast Radius, the Santa Clarita Transit #757 bus terminates at McBean Parkway Transit Center. Please contact us and we will arrange a CalArts shuttle van to pick you up.

The Santa Clarita Transit schedule can be viewed here.


There are several area hotels within 2-5 miles of the CalArts campus, including the Embassy Suites, Residence Inn, Marriott Inn and Suites, and the Hyatt. A special rate for &Now 2015 attendees will be available; please check back for rate codes at participating hotels.

Please see Hotel Information for more details.

Campus Information

California Institute of the Arts
24700 McBean Parkway
Valencia, CA 91355


&Now 2015 values individuals of all abilities and strives to make its programs and materials accessible to all. The festival’s venue and hotels were selected with accessibility in mind, to ensure that people with mobility disabilities can attend. Large print program books will be available at the festival by request. If you have questions, suggestions or would like to request accommodation for a particular need, please contact




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