AKFF’s List of Spooky Westside Halloween Parties! Cultural Events & Coworking News too!

AKFF’s List of Spooky Westside Halloween Parties! Cultural Events & Coworking News too!

Zombie Crawl_5th AnnualSanta Monica Zombie Crawl

Live out your walking dead dreams at the 5th annual Santa Monica Zombie Crawl Saturday, October 28! The Zombie bar crawl starts at the Santa Monica Pier at 6pm where walkers spill there guts limping and growling thier way through the city for drinks and food specials happening all night. The party continues at the official Zombie Crawl After Party at 1212 Restaurant!
Snag Your Zombie Crawl Tickets Today 


Photo Courtesy of Thriller Night

Thriller Night at 1212 Restaurant 

Saturday, Oct. 28, from 8pm-2am join 1212 Restaurant on the Promenade, for thriller dancing, video mash-ups, spooky drink specials, scary photo booth pics, and costume contest with the best demons and angels in Santa Monica. Bottle & Table Service available. Celebrate Halloween the right way and get your bloody hands on tickets for you and your squad!
1212 Santa Monica Bl, Santa Monica, CA.
Grab Your Thriller Night Tickets     

Halloween Edition: Jazz Funk Fest Santa Monica

Start your Halloween festivities with live music, mashed up with spoken word, poetry, love songs, and comedy with Paulie Dee, Gerry Fialka, Tryg Hanson and other spooky guests and audience participation if you dare! October 28 from 7pm-8:00pm, followed by live music with Eric Ahlberg from 8pm -9pmish.
UnUrban 3301 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, Ca


Cultural Events:


Photo Courtesy of UGO NONIS

Art: New Works by Ugo Nonis 

French painter and LA-based contemporary artist, Ugo Nonis will be having an opening solo show titled “America” on October 20th from 7pm-10pm at The Castelli Art space. Nonis will showcasing 20 new paintings! Exhibit up until Sunday,Oct 22.
5428 Washington Blvd, Culver City.

Photography Events: Catch 2 great photography events this Saturday, October 14th!


Photo Courtesy of Aurelia Dumont

The Alumni Photo Exhibition

The most-recent work from Aurelia Dumont’s series “Exceptional Individuals” will be on display until October 26! SMC students make sure to stop on by! Opening: October 14, 6pm.
Exhibition located on 2nd floor of Drescher Hall, Santa Monica College.




Photo Courtesy of Artmonious

The Artmonious Launch Party
Join Artmonious and celebrate the official lauch of their art app this Saturday, October 14 at 7pm. Catch featured artists, such as Alex Gross, Timothy White, Stephanie Cate and more!
1306 Abbot Kinney Bl, Venice, CA.





CulverWorks CoworkingCo-working News:

CulverWorks, the co-working space in the heart of downtown Culver City has several offices that are available NOW! Book a tour and grab your dream office space while they last! Workspace already taken? Another option is the Cafe/Flex membership, only $250  a month (WOW) check it out!
Book a Tour!

AKFF VIP Club members get five day passes for $75 bucks, saving you $50!  



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Culver City Eats Drinks & Happy Hour Hotspots

Culver City Eats Drinks & Happy Hour Hotspots

culver hotel happy hour cocktail

Since moving the AKFF office to Culver City this year, it’s been a wonderful discovery of places to eat drink be merry, hangout and work too! Here’s a slice of Culver City you’ll want to check out!

Starting on Culver Bl. across from our office at CulverWorks is the historic Culver Hotel, the famous flatiron building that housed the Munchkins during the filming of the Wizard of Oz. These days it’s known for its happy hours inside the beautiful building and an expansive area with nice seating and the patio in the back which is more private but also has a view of the famous lion fountain and people walking by.


culver hotel ahi tuna or salmonThe cocktails are tasty and really pack a punch so be careful there’s also specials on wine and beer. When it comes to appetizers the ahi was really amazing that had a great sauce on it and light fluffy nachos to scoop it up. It’s a good one to share along with the pot of fries covered in Parmesan that’s a real crowd-pleaser. We also tried the fresh green beans which were good but the sauce was not really that great it was a little too sweet. The service there is excellent and it’s a great spot to bring your out-of-town friends you’re definitely impressed them in this unique spot.

Culver CIty CulverWorks CoworkingSince the AKFF office was mentioned, it’s located at CulverWorks, the coworking spot in Culver City. It’s got a great community of friendly people on a second floor where creatives, startups and entertainment professionals work in a comfortable, casual setting. It’s great for those that want to escape the corporate cookie cutter coworking spaces that abound. You can easily walk to restaurants nightlife and even the Farmers Market.


Culver CIty Farmers Market-tomatoesThe Culver City Farmers Market every Tuesday from 2 to 7 p.m. It’s great to be able to take a break from work go buy some fresh veggies and fruits maybe even a slice of pie and of course do some sampling.

Culver CIty Farmers Market-Piety PiesSampling the pumpkin pie and the pear pie which was a  tasty surprise from Piety. There’s a great selection of organic produce there two and food stands. 

Make sure to check out the shops bars and restaurants around the corner on Main St. More on this little gem of the street in a future post.

Arcana Books back palm treeJust a short drive away is another historic building the Helms on Washington Bl. near National – there is slew of restaurants, bars  and shops, mainly furniture related and even a new book store called Arcana.

It’s got art books many of them signed originals; it’s nice to see a bookstore these days. It was easy to spend time looking at art books with the likes of Andy Warhol, David Hockney (check out he gigantic book from Taschen on display) and a slew of others.

Lukshon Culver City restaurant small plateWhen it comes to restaurants, Lukshon is where we went to recently with out of town  foodie friends who really loved this place. It specializes in small plates; you order all the dishes you want first and the chef decides the order to bring them in which worked out just fine. We loved the Hawaiian butterfish to the amazing beef as well as sweet potatoes and the black rice and was spicy and flavorful. Every dish was simply delectable!

lukshon drinksThe service was exceptional. This is on the pricier side so bring your gold card period for more casual experience La Dijonnaise is next door. It’s got an extensive menu of French dishes like beef bourguignon one of my favs and while we haven’t tried it yet this one is definitely on the list.

Helms Lukshon La DijonnaiseThere’s a lot more to experience and discover and Culver City and the AKFF Team will be writing more about it in a future post. Feel free to reply below to tell us about some of your Culver City hotspots.

First Fridays Rocks Venice on October 6, 2017! Food Trucks & Special Events Venice

First Fridays Rocks Venice on October 6, 2017! Food Trucks & Special Events Venice

Use the hashtag #AKFF to share your your photos of your delicious food with us! We can’t wait to see your pics!

⇒ First Fridays FAQ

⇒ Food Truck FYI

⇒ First Fridays Map

⇒ Calendar



Food Truck Lineup on Abbot Kinney


Palms – California

Boba Tea & Me


Dogtown Dogs VIP Club Partner


Frach’s Fried Ice Cream

Mapuche Native Argentinian Food

My Delight Truck

Word of Mouth Truck

AKFF FOOD TRUCKS First Fridays VeniceCalifornia – Santa Clara

A Beautiful Life Jamaican Food Truck

Chancho’s Tacos

Kogi BBQ

Mess Hall Canteen

Pink Taco Truck

Rice Balls of Fire

Rolln Lobster

Smhokin Pot

Stop Bye Cafe

The Fix on Wheels

The Original Grilled Cheese Truck

Best Food Truck Event:

Best Food Truck Event-2017 Abbot Kinney First Fridays from ArgonautAbbot Kinney First Fridays Wins Award Again from the Voters!

Published in the Argonaut Newspaper. Thanks for your voting this iconic event in Venice!

See below for something new for you from Abbot Kinney First Fridays!



couple-enjoying-awesome-desserts-First Fridays VeniceSnag all the Exclusive Specials from our Membership Club!

AKFF VIP Club signup is fast and and easy on the wallet!

Exclusives from: Spa Del Rey, Posh Organic Nails, The Dailey Method, CulverWorks, Cardio Barre, Pure Barre, The Bar Method, Regi’s Venice, Zelda’s Corner, Turning Point Pilates, Jagmedia , more!




Food truck crowd at palmsSanta Clara – San Juan

Baby’s Bad Ass Burgers

Street Kitchen LA

Cousins Maine Lobster

Sanook Soi 38

Blue Nova

SoCal Caribbean Halal Food

San Juan – Westminster

Ridges Churros Bar

crowd at The BrigThe Brig Parking Lot

Baby’s Badass BBQ
Border Grill
Kogi Truck
+ more


More Events on First Fridays:

High Voltage at Electric Lodge: This is a must see show! High Voltage consists of an array of performing artists and dancers aimed at making the audience feel that jolt of excitement! Hosted by associate artistic director Josh Berkowitz, each ticket is only $10 that’s a steal for this quality of entertainment! Head on over early, since show starts prompt at 9 and so you get a parking spot or valet park it..

snapchat-abbotkinney1stSnapchat Protest: While many of you love the app, the Venice neighborhood is not loving how Snap has taken over the neighborhood, resulting in many businesses losing their spaces and residents as well, in addition to overzealous security guards.
Abbot Kinney and Brooks (west end, closest to beach).

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