AKFF’S Halloween Party Destinations from Venice to NoHo to DTLA!

AKFF’S Halloween Party Destinations from Venice to NoHo to DTLA!

Don’t Have Any Plans This Halloween? Don’t Worry, AKFF has you covered! Put Your Costumes On and Celebrate at the Hottest Halloween Parties Around Town!

The Lincoln: Party & Screening

Having sampled the newest craft cocktails at The Lincoln, which is currently the trendiest bar in Venice, AKFF gives The Lincoln a thumbs up! To kick off the Halloween spirit The Lincoln will be hosting Halloween themed festivities that will start October 29 and end November 1st.

October 29-31: The Lincoln will be screening classic horror and thriller films that will make you scream! On November 1 for the Day of the Dead, bring along your favorite mixtape and vinyl and hand it over to the DJ for a spin.
2536 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

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Federal Bar: Costume Party

Put on your best costume, gory make up, and fake blood and head over to the Federal Bar in North Hollywood, where their theme for the ghostly night will be old school hip hop! This old school hip hop night will feature a costume contest with prizes. Admission will be free before 10pm.
5303 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601
Halloween Party Tickets >



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The Standard & The Well: Rooftop Party

The Standard and The Well will be hosting a rooftop party in Downtown LA that will surely knock your socks off! Along with the scenic views of LA, The Standard will be transforming their space into an immersive environment where guest will be able to mingle and enjoy the Halloween night!
550 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90071 More Info Here>







The Venice Veterans Wall Restoration Effort: You Are Not Forgotten

The Venice Veterans Wall Restoration Effort: You Are Not Forgotten

Venice veterans wallThe Venice Veterans Wall tagged on Memorial Day needs your help to be restored. For many years the mural served as a memorial for all of our fallen heroes. The Venice Chamber of Commerce leads the way to restore the mural, a part of the community for 19 years.

Artist and Vietnam Veteran, Peter Stewart developed the mural to commemorated every POW/MIA from the southeast Asia conflict by inscribing their names all over the mural. The mural was completed and made possible with the help of Vietnam veterans and POW/MIA families. By 1997 his mural took its place in the Venice community.

The purpose of mural was to remember and honor those who sacrificed their lives fighting for our country. Shortly after the mural was completed Peter Stewart passed away, leaving his mark and legacy in the Venice community. The restoration of the mural will help bring back what was lost in the damage and regain its original purpose to honor our brave soldiers.

The restoration project is moving forward with SPARC (located in Venice), who have generously offered to help with the project once funds are raised. 

veterans-wall-flyerFundraiser & Mural Restoration Event
Every supporter who donates $100 to the Go Fund Me page will be invited to an exclusive sunset dinner on Veterans Day at Venice Beach Suites and Hotel.
Make A Donation >

How to Make a Donation
A little can go a long way. Anything to help make this project become a reality will be very much appreciated. Make a donation through the Venice Chamber of Commerce website or through their Go Fund Me page.


Local Venice Scoop: Serving up Art from the Ashes, Cocktails + Sequin Gym Shoes

akff-flavio-bisciotti-studio-crowd The Phoenix Rises Again in Venice!

Old school Venetians came out in full force to support all around Renaissance Man, Artist, Architect, Gallery Owner, Flavio Bisciotti at his home this past Saturday for an art opening, highlighting the recent fire in his home studio and how it became a beacon for inspiring art.  He invited local Venice Artists to create artworks from wreckage of the fire and it can definitely be said that a phoenix rose from the ashes at this amazing show!

akff-flavio-bisciotti-studio-john-ransomA selection of artists included were: Barbara Mastej, John Ransom, Sandy Bleifor, Gus Harper, Rohitash Rao, Alexandra Dillon and Amy Kaps. The show, titled, Palimpsest, is derived from something altered that keeps some original elements intact.

The Palimpsest (still have trouble with that name) was curated by Delia Cabral, Owner of DCA Fine Art, former Venice art gallery owner. Kudos to Delia for a fine show, brimming with talent and inspiration!

Props to Barcito, serving tasty sangria and hard cider owned by Flavio’s niece, Andrea Borgen. Check them out when you’re downtown at 403 West 12th Street, near the Staples Center. Just hop on the Expo Line in Santa Monica and your on your way!

Venice nightlife The LincolnFrom the Pumpkin Patch to the Waking Dead

Not a typo there, it’s the name of a new craft cocktail at The Lincoln, which will be unveiled this week at a press tasting of fall cocktails, from expert mixologist and cocktail curator Cameron Dodge-White.  AKFF is looking forward to sampling these tasty gems!
photo courtesy: The Lincoln

shuhari-matcha-cafe-halloweenShopping on AK

From the fun silver sequin gym shoes at Waraku seen at 1st Fridays to the unique Halloween themed Japanese gifts at Shuhari Matcha Cafe there is plenty to be seen on the boulevard – or is about being seen?


macdaddy-food-truckLove Shopping, Eating, Cool Apps?

Peruse the new kid on the block, launched by the AKFF Blog to whet your appetite by offering savings on them with an amazingly priced membership- yes, that event students will find attractive. Get the scoop and go VIP today>

Jazz-Funk-Fest-Unurban-Santa-MoniicaHalloween & Pre-Election Warmup October 22*

If you haven’t checked out this event at the UnUrban coffee house in Santa Monica yet, now is the time to get your Halloween and Election warmup Saturday at 7pm. What’s on the plate? Local  rock and roll poets perform original pieces along with improvisational live music. Yes, it’s unique and in the vein of the Beat Poets that hung out in Venice like Alan Ginsberg.  You’ll be treated to contemporary writer/performers like Tryg Hanson and musicians Paulie Dee, Alex Sochin, Gerry Fialka and others with a host of guests. It’s free form, free flowing music and words mashup, aka the Jazz Funk Fest – more funk than jazz.
3301 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA  90405 (*note: date correction)

Waraku cool glitter chucksBack to all that glitters- these are the shoes mentioned earlier in the post from Waraku –  fabulous!

A Weekend Full of Spooks and Scares!

A Weekend Full of Spooks and Scares!

Halloween is right around the corner and our anticipation is running high! For those of us who can not wait any longer, here are a few things you can do this weekend to get into the spooky spirit!

e2dcd145056ad96b584fd8b5b51863c2Halloween & Mourning Movie Night

Bring your blanket, goody snacks, and cuddle buddies Saturday, October 15 to Heritage Square Museum’s movie night! What movie will be screened you ask? Just only the 1954 classic “Creatures from the Black Lagoon” in 3-D. Doors open at 6:30 pm, so don’t miss it!
3800 Homer Street, Los Angeles, CA, 90031.
More Info Here>

pf-logo-web Pomona Pumpkin Festival  

This pumpkin festival is the fun for all ages! Choose your very own pumpkin from Cal Poly Pomona’s pumpkin patch. Enjoy other activities, such as horse hiding, corn mazes, food booths, and games. More Info Here>


pumpkin_trio5000-5a77730e78Rise of the Jack O’ Lantern

The Rise of the Jack O’ Lantern comes to the LA Convention Center this weekend! Experience 5,000 artistically carved Jack O’ Lanterns come to life along a scenic pathway and a spooky musical score to bring out your halloween spirit.
More Info Here>



Other Weekend Events

Gumbo-Brothers-TheAttic-SantaMonica-062715-AKFFThe Gumbo Brothers at the Irish Times

If you want a break from all the Halloween festivities one of our favorite Venice bands will be playing at The Irish Times Pub & Restaurant! Enjoy the laid back vibes and cheap drinks all night long.
More Info Here>


Art Underwater Exhibit

This art exhibit hosted by Beach=Culture will feature artwork such as, paintings, sculptures, photography and more under water at Annenberg Community Beach House.
More Info Here>

Feature Photo Credit: Courtesy of Youwall.com


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How Did You Spend Your Time At AKFF?

How Did You Spend Your Time At AKFF?

The Week After AKFF Is Always Hard But Here Are Some Highlights To Make You (and The AKFF Team) Relive Last Friday

loving-churros-from-ridges-churro-barIt was like every other evening on First Fridays, clusters of people jumping from one food truck to another filled Abbott Kinney Blvd. Our first stop was Ridges Churro Truck, where the team had a delicious Nutella churro covered in vanilla ice cream. However, their most popular and favored dessert by many AKFF attendees was their Fruity Pebbles Churro.

shuhari-sampling-teasAfter our churro we stopped by Shuhari Matcha Cafe, a new cafe on Abbot Kinney. The cafe had Halloween treats and Japanese tea beautifully presented, along with samples of their teas. We sampled the Yuzu Chicken, a peppery, tasty and filling tea! We then paid a visit to our favorite Global Party People at Bulldog Realtors where their mixes and friendly vibes could not stop AKFF attendees from stopping by and checking out their art and fun dance party.

Venice License Plate Art by Jon Grauman

Further down the boulevard, VMW Gallery held an art show where you can find cool Venice metal license plates by Jon Grauman. The show also included local artist David Katzner’s photography of sunsets he has taken all over the world. Though this little gem was further down the boulevard it was worth the extra walk!


ridges-churro-bar-food-truck-sunset draws a crowdShare your experience with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or reply to this post.

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Abbot Kinney Blvd Gets Spooky For First Fridays!

Abbot Kinney Blvd Gets Spooky For First Fridays!

Join AKFF on October 7 to kick off early Halloween Celebrations in the only way we know how, through our stomach! Plus, Don’t Miss Out Special Offers on Food Trucks! (See Vip Club below)

⇒ First Fridays FAQ

⇒ Food Truck FYI

⇒ First Fridays Map

⇒ Top 5 Food Trucks


Food Truck Lineup on Abbot Kinney

Come back for Updates with more food trucks!

Food truck Son of a Bun at First Fridays

Palms – California

Dreamy Creations Cupcake Truck
Pinch Of Flavor Truck
The MacDaddy
The Tropic Truck


Special Event

One love fest One Love Experience
October  7-9 in Ojai

Jump on the love train and experience over 60 Musical Acts, Workshops and Lectures with One Love Experience in Ojai, October 7-9! One Love Experience is a 3 day Festival at Lake Casitas that you can not miss. Enjoy the performances by Matisyahu, David Wilcock, Dren Chadwick, Trevor Hall, C.C White, Soul Kirtan, more!
Get Tickets & Info >



Don’t Miss out on Food Truck Specials!

Become an AKFF Venice VIP CLUB Member and get Exclusive Specials ON SELECT FOOD TRUCKS!

(all locations, not just 1st Fridays)

Check It Out >


Food Truck Lineup on Abbot Kinney (cont’d)

California – Santa Clara

20160701_190914Rolln Lobster
The Lobos Truck
Mad Pambazos
Chanco’s Tacos
Bison Burger Truck
Los Tamaleros
BBQ Smokehouse
Ridges Churro Bar
BatterFish Food Truck

Santa Clara – San Juan

Sweet Amsterdam
Big Bali Truck
Sabores De Mexico
The CodFather
The Butcher’s Daughter

AKFFSan Juan – Brooks

Pizza & Co
Flaming Lava Grill




More #1stFridays Events

fullsizerenderGlobal Party People
It wouldn’t be First Fridays without Global Party People’s mixes. Sit, relax, eat and enjoy music all night!
1209 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice CA 90291.
More Info Here >