Westside Bestside: Guide to 5 Outdoor Hotspots

Westside Bestside: Guide to 5 Outdoor Hotspots

If you’re in Los Angeles during Spring Break, it’s time to experience the great outdoors! Surf, swim, chill on the beach, people watch on the pier & more!  

Venice Beach

Venice Beach & Boardwalk

This is the place to be – there’s something for everyone here and mos’ def something interesting to see. The Boardwalk, aka Oceanfront Walk, has fun shops (touristy but fun); there are skateboard and surfboard rentals at Jay’s, plus eclectic stands with clothes, jewelry, etc. Walk north from Windward Ave and you’ll hit up more shops, cafes, and restaurants! Zelda’s Corner Cafe is a great spot to grab a ginormous, tasty sandwich (vegan and gluten-free options) on Westminster Ave (2 blocks north of Windward) and take it to the beach. Groundwork Coffee is there too for those needing caffeine with some great brew.

PS Zelda’s is one of our VIP Club Partners, offering a 20% OFF Sandwich Purchase for our Members. GET INFO >


 santa-monica-pier- AKFFSanta Monica 

Live up your spring break at the Santa Monica Pier! Are roller coasters and arcade games not your thing? No problem! Just walk a few blocks up and hit up the Third Street Promenade where you’ll find stores like Urban Outfitters, Brandy Melville, PacSun, Forever 21, and so many more!



Japanese Garden – West LA

This hidden gem of tranquility and beauty is located near UCLA. The garden is peaceful and quiet. It features a small waterfall, several footbridges over the fish pond plus bamboo trees and flowers. Drive on Wilshire and turn at Bonsall Av and park past the baseball field parking (while you see signs for a Vet’s garden at the lot, this is NOT the Japanese garden.) Walk back on the road you drove on to get to the parking lot and turn right on Bonsall, walking alongside the edge of the baseball field where you see multiple staircases and walk up the hill. There are signs for the garden and a 9 hole golf course.
11301 Wilshire Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90073 (Note the garden is not actually on Wilshire, this is where you enter the VA property)


Temescal CanyonTemescal Canyon

Just a short distance away from Pacific Palisades on Sunset at Temescal Canyon Dr, you can explore the multiple hiking paths Temescal Canyon has to offer! Is sweating not your thing? We hear you! Pack up your picnic basket and enjoy the green scenery! Park for free on Sunset or park in a paid lot.


Malibu-State-Beach-SurfersMalibu Lagoon & Fishing Pier

While Malibu isn’t technically the Westside it’s close enough for us! If you want a beautiful drive on PCH with the top down, Malibu is the place to do it! Explore The Malibu Lagoon, a bird sanctuary, with a path leading to the beach, where it’s a short walk to the Malibu Fishing Pier. After that catch a few waves, whether it’s surfing, boarding or swimming! Parking is available at a pay lot by the lagoon or free spaces on PCH.

Text by Janet Gervers & Christian Nicole
Photos by Janet Gervers (except as noted)

Need a Space to Work? Try this for FREE!

Yup, some of us are working during Spring Break, so it might as well be in a spot that’s nice and affordable with good coffee and company! AKFF has found the place to be is CulverWorks – that’s where our office is located. The community here is supportive and fun! Tuesdays are FREE days between 9am – 5pm. You must RSVP on the Culver Works Meetup page. Say that AKFF sent you! 
PS- Our AKFF VIP Club Members get a Sweet Deal on CulverWorks! Check it out!
AKFF Spring Break Round Up!

AKFF Spring Break Round Up!

We know that Spring Break is around the corner, so we took it upon ourselves to give you a list of some of our favorite places and events to check out!


Photo Courtesy of VeniceBikePath.com

Jay’s Rentals

What better way to spend Spring Break in Venice! Hit up Jay’s Rentals to find your ride into the Venice sunset and explore the boardwalk. From bicycles to roller blades, Jay’s got it!
1501 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA  




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Malibu Wine Safari

Explore the scenic landscapes of Malibu with a glass of wine and a giraffe friend along the way. Malibu Wine Safaris is the perfect activity for a quick getaway!
32111 Mulholland Hwy, Malibu, CA
Explore Malibu Safari  



Photo courtesy of HappeningInHighlandPark.com

Highland Park Food Truck Tuesdays

Missin’ AKKF? Need your food truck fix during the weekday? We hear ya! Catch a line up of food trucks in Highland Park every Tuesday from 5pm-9pm.
6338 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA
Food Truck Tuesdays Info 


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Raging Runways Festival Fashion Show

Get your hands on ready-to-wear clothing/accessories directly from the runway and party all night with complimentary sparkling wine and gourmet food trucks, March 24th & 25th!
4505 Glencoe Ave, Marina Del Rey, CA
Raging Runways Fashion Show Tix 


Photo courtesy of lacslife.com

LA Beer Fest 2018

Drink, eat, play at the 10th annual LA Beer Fest happening in the heart of Downtown LA on April 7th! See, you don’t have to go far for spring break! Get your tickets fast!
450 South Bixel Street, Los Angeles, CA
LA Beer Fest 2018 Tickets 




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Bender “SkyFlow” Spring Festival

Drake themed yoga class, need I say more? No? Ok good! April 7th, get your rooftop yoga on with Skyflow in DTLA, then a bite to eat at the various food trucks at the festival! Once you’re done, grab a couple of drinks and enjoy the sunset across the DTLA skyline.
777 Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA
Bender Skyflow Spring Festival Registration  



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Rose Bowl Flea Market

Looking for a casual Sunday fun day? The Rose Bowl Flea Market is the perfect event for you! Snag the cutest and unique array of crafts, apparel, antiques & other goods from hundreds of vendors, April 8th!
1001 Rose Bowl Dr, Pasadena, CA 




abbotkinney1st-food-hotdog-030218-logoCheck out AKFF Food Truck List >

Food truck events in Los Angeles on a regular basis :
Santa Monica, Miracle Mile, Venice, #Dtla, West LA, #Noho.




What Happened at #AbbotKinney1st on March 2, 2018?

What Happened at #AbbotKinney1st on March 2, 2018?

abbotkinney1st-crowds-foodtruck-030218-logoThe rain didn’t stop crowds from coming  to First Fridays on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice last Friday from trying all the delicious food served up from the awesome variety of food trucks.These are a few snaps of what we took at First Fridays in March. See you there next month!

PS Check out the awesome Rewards our Members get from our Membership Club! Check it out >




abbotkinney1stThis juicy burger says it all. Don’t you wanna just chomp into it?!!!

abbotkinney1st-food-hotdog-030218-logoHow about this luscious dog piled high with all the fixins?

abbotkinney1st-art-Isabelles-Gorilla-Aust-030218One of Isabella’s Gorillas seen on the side of Aust.

Abbot Kinney Bl. in Venice before the crowds came to First Fridays. It’s a great place for shopping and people watching.

A few more snaps from @AbbotKinney1stfood truck fridays

healthy food trucksSome healthy eating is a good thing!

abbotkinney1st-abbot-kinney-bl-nightscene-1stfridays march 2018 first fridays veniceAbbot Kinney at night.

See more photos on our social media links at top of page.