It’s the last month of Summer – join Abbot Kinney 1st Fridays in Venice! You’ll make Abbot Kinney proud, after all he was a real estate developer and visionary who modeled Venice after Venice, Italy, dredging up swampland to become this beautiful city by the sea! It started out as canals only, no street traffic at all- can you imagine that! What if we could ride in gondolas on First Friday as they went up and down the boulevard and over to the Boardwalk- too cool!  If you want to check out more about Venice, click to Dr. Arnold Springer’s website, it’s chock full of spicy characters that make up Venice!

Now, let’s get down to business and give you the scoop:
At the end of AKB closer to Venice Blvd.
Robin’s Sculpture Garden,  an amazing garden space where locals and hipsters alike are attracted to local artist Robin Murez’s uniquely creative environment she’s created. Look for giant sculptures in a garden. 1632 Abbot Kinney Blvd.

Zingara, always has a scene happening on the back patio, family and all age friendly, toasting s’mores… walk through the store first and check out amazing free trade jewelry, clothes and shoes… did I say shoes, oh yeah and boots and clogs oh my! 1507 Abbot Kinney Blvd.

MILKMADE and Apolis are showing off their new Venice bag and other new goodies from Apolis. It’s questionable as to how this will work as  the first 50 who rsvp will be offered free food and drink. Ok , I did that but it may be too late for you. Just tell them you saw it on the Abbot Kinney 1st Fridays blog and hope for the best! 1413 Abbot Kinney Blvd. RSVP@apolisglobal.com

Closer to Westminster toward the beach:

At the opposite end of the street, Joe’s has something for the locals… live music on the patio with Corey’s Dixie Bop Quartet  from 6-11:30pm, plus enjoy a free glass of wine with purchase of an entree or bar item! 1022 Abbot Kinney Blvd.

Off the Boulevard: 
Figtree Cafe has Happy Hour from 6-8pm  with music from the 80’s and 90’s. Check this out – Sangria for $4, I can attest it’s delish, Imported beers for $3, pizza for $4.95 and more goodies… 429 Ocean Front Walk at Paloma, 2 blocks south of Rose.


Whole Foods Market at Rose and Lincoln hosts an art reception from 6-8pm with food and live music! Free parking.225 Lincoln Blvd.

Paparazzi Comedy Celebrating 1 year in the Marina, a 5 minute drive from Venice. at 8pm, at The Marina Venice Yacht Club 4333 Admiralty Way G-2 West Tower, Marina Del Rey, CA. FREE PARKING. Drink specials all night long. $10 Guest donation.
It’s All About Venice!