Art, Music & Tech Events in Silicon Beach Updated on January 19

Art, Music & Tech Events in Silicon Beach
Updated on January 19

There’s some cool events happening in Venice and Santa Monica this week and next week! Updated on January 19 – check out the Venice Art Crawl! (scroll down)


Thursday, January 14, 2016
It’s a double header of  haps tonight!

Venice Beach Young Professionals Mixer at Bank of Venice

Start your year out right with the first monthly mixer from this group (found on Meetup)at Bank of Venice. This is a monthly mixer event for members to network within the community, introduce new people to the Venice Chamber, and showcase our members. Open to members and non-members alike. Free, buy your own… Specially priced appetizers and drinks!

Bank of Venice 80 Windward Venice, CA 90291

Food + Tech: The Ingredients to Success at General Assembly LA

Check out this panel discussion with leaders in the Food, Drink, and Technology industries, including TV Host and restaurateur Bobby Bognar . Today, technology influences the way food is prepared and consumed. The on-demand economy makes it easy for anyone to get food delivered straight to the home or office. Whole Foods and LAbite will be providing light appetizers.Drizly is providing beer & spirits. ClubW will provide wine.

General Assembly LA 1520 2nd Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Saturday, January 16, 2016

A Tribute to Marian Anderson from the Santa Monica Symphony

Make sure to join the Los Angeles Free Concerts Meetup before you go to rsvp your spot. This tribute to the groundbreaking moment in civil rights history when singer Marian Anderson sang before 75,000 fans in Washington, D.C in 1929. After Party and Free Parking info on the Meetup group page.

SGI Auditorium 525 Wilshire Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90401

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

LA Tech Happy Hour at the Venice Whaler

Head out to happy hour for mixing and mingling in Silicon Beach! It’s the first #LATHH of 2016 – join in!

Venice Whaler 10 Washington Blvd, Venice, CA 90291


-Venice-Art-Crawl-MixerThursday, January 21, 2016

Come out to mix and mingle with other Venice Art Crawlers at James’ Beach! James’ Beach is a Venice icon – you guessed, it – right by the beach! The Venice Art Crawl is always looking for new volunteers, artists and sponsors to get involved. Come meet the VAC team!

James’ Beach 60 N Venice Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

First Fridays Photo Gallery from 2015

First Fridays Photo Gallery from 2015

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Food Lovers by The Brig
The Other Room at Venice First Fridays September 2015
Abbot Kinney First Fridays Getting Started- Food trucks
Cuyana Popoup crowd on Abbot Kinney
shop-vnyl-on Abbot Kinney for vinyl
Food trucks at Palms-Frachs
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Shoppers at Will

AKFF- Best Food Truck Event


Enjoy our Abbot Kinney First Fridays Photo Album from 2015!

This is a selection of photos taken by the Abbot Kinney First Fridays Blog Team from the past year showcasing food trucks, popups, and shops on Abbot Kinney in Venice! Enjoy the photos. If you have photos you want to post from First Fridays, make sure to post it on our AKFF Facebook page or Tweet to @AbbotKinney1st. Stay tuned for an upcoming photo contest on Instagram. We’re on Instagram @AbbotKinney1st.

Abbot Kinney First Fridays in Venice | January 1, 2016 | Ring in the New Year at First Fridays!

Abbot Kinney First Fridays in Venice | January 1, 2016 | Ring in the New Year at First Fridays!

2016 Rings in with First Fridays in Venice on  January 1, 2016, from 6-10pm on Abbot Kinney Blvd! The Abbot Kinney First Fridays Blog (aka AKFF BLOG) has the scoop on Food Trucks!

Since it’s a holiday and the first day of the year, many of the shops are closed, however, don’t worry because the food trucks will be on Abbot Kinney!  The Brig will have a great selection of food trucks for you – see the list below and there will be food trucks  on Abbot Kinney Blvd.

Event Details:
Friends with Food on Abbot KinneyAbbot Kinney First Fridays
Friday, January 1, 2016, 6-10pm
Abbot Kinney Blvd. in Venice
(between Venice Blvd. and Westminster)



Food Trucks:


The Brig:
1515 Abbot Kinney Blvd. at Palms
Food trucks are located in the parking lot.
Baby’s Badass Burgers
Border Grill Truck
Cousins Maine Lobster
Dogtown Dogs
The Grilled Cheese Truck
Wise BBQ

The Brig is a long time Venice and Abbot Kinney fixture and hundreds (or is it thousands?) of people flock here every 1st Fridays of the month for a taste of the best food trucks in Los Angeles and to get a cold brew or cocktail in the bar. It’s easy to find since there are huge crowds there. It is at the end of Abbot Kinney Blvd. that’s closest to Venice Blvd.

Food-Trucks-AKFFFood Trucks on Abbot Kinney Blvd.

Food trucks can be found between Venice Blvd. and Westminster – both are at traffic lights. Since it’s a holiday, there will be fewer than ususal, however, don’t let that stop you from getting in a food truck frenzy on the 1st of the year on 1st Friday – after all, ya gotta eat! These are the trucks that are confirmed so far.  More will be added as they confirm, so c’mon back!

Food trucks at Palms picnice tables FryFry truckLocated Between Palms and California:
Fry Fry Truck

Fry Fry truck faves are: the crodough burger, featured on the Cooking Channel,  carne asada fries and DEEPFRIED deserts: Oreos Twinkles Pb and J Nutella!


Gourmet falafel and hummus bar. Vegetarian.

BBQ Smokehouse

Midwestern Style Kansas City Barbecue and Louisiana Creole Cuisine side dishes.

Tender Grill Gourmet Brazilian Kitchen

Meat Lovers, take notice! of the first Gourmet Brazilian Food Truck in LA.  They use free range chicken and USDA prime meat, plus 100% certified organic produce. Sweet E’s Bakeshop

Desserts made from scratch brownies, cookies, cupcakes, cake pops and more.

The Pudding Truck

The Pudding Truck serves decadent, old-school stove top pudding and artisan toppings. We’ve tried and it’s yummy!

Pizza & Co.

Yes, you can get pizza from a food truck! Authentic wood fired neapolitan pizza.

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Rolln Lobster

If you like seafood, you will love the lobster roll – we sure did! It’s a generous portion of lobster in a New England style bun.

Street Kitchen LA

Serving up  tasty Cajun pulled pork tacos and more at this American bistro.

Waffles de Liege

Lotsa waffles of all kinds!

Chanco’s Tacos

Authentic Mexican food with an American influence, offering a variety of meats to choose from: Beef Barbacoa, Carne Asada, Al Pastor, Carnitas, Chicken and Shrimp.

Salt & Straw

We all scream for ice cream!

We will keep updating the AKFF First Fridays Post when more food trucks are confirmed.  Feel free to share- see social links below! Thanks! The AKFF Blog Team.

PS – The AKFF VIP Club will launch in 2016!

New Years Eve Parties!

New Years Eve Parties!

Celebrating New Years Eve at a fun and festive spot is key! These are the AKFF NYE Party picks for the Santa Monica, Venice and West LA areas on Thursday, December 31, 2015!

New Years Eve-Santa-Monica-41ocean 41 Ocean: Ocean Sixteen
Guests can bring out their inner Rat Pack and ring in the New Year, Vegas Style.

This all inclusive ticket includes open premium bar, music by DJ Myster-E, live entertainment, party favors, countdown, champagne toast, photo booth, complementary appetizers from 8-10 p.m. & more. Starts at 8pm.

General admission tickets are $50 in advance & $75 Regular Price for Members, and $75 in advance & 120 Regular Price for Non-Members. Includes: Open Premium Bar, party favors, champagne toast.
Get NYE Party Tickets >

41 Ocean: 1541 Ocean Ave. Ste 150 Santa Monica, CA 90401

New-Years-Eve-TacoTeca-Santa-MonicaTacoTeca: Turn Back Time
Get ready to party with Open Format DJs with Top 40s, Throwbacks, and Light House! Featuring DJ Casey Beats, from Drai’s Las Vegas! Promo Code from AKFF!

Starts at 8pm until 2am.
 Admission, Passed Hors D’oevre’s, Party Favors, and Champagne Toast. $15
Open Bar: 
Admission, Passed Hors D’oevre’s, OPEN BAR (Bottomless Well Cocktails, Select Beer and Wines), Party Favors, and Champagne Toast. $45
Premium Open Bar: 
Admission, PREMIUM OPEN BAR (Bottomless Call/Premium Cocktails, Beer, and Wine), Passed Hors D’oevre’s, Party Favors, and Champagne Toast. $60
VIP Private Booth with Bottle Service: 
Admission, PRIVATE BOOTH with 2 Premium Bottles of Liquor, Mixers, 2 Bottles Champagne, Premium Open Bar, Passed Hors D’oevre’s, Party Favors, and Champagne Toast. $100

PROMO CODE: FriendsofTT  Get $5 OFF Each Ticket  GET NYE Party Tickets >

TacoTeca: 2460 Wilshire Boulevard Santa Monica, CA 90403

New Years Eve-Santa-Monica-WokanoWokcano: Sweet ’16 Black & White Ball
Ring in the New Year at one of the Westside’s largest NYE Ball at Wokcano in Santa Monica.

Wokcano’s Black & White New Years Eve Ball will include music by DJ Frankie, dancing, cocktails, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, photo booth, party favors and more.

General admission tickets are $40.00 in advance, $50.00 day of. VIP Tickets are $60 adv /$70 day of. Dinner/Bottle/Table packages are available by calling 310-458-3080.
Get NYE Party Tickets >

Wokcano: 1413 5th St. Santa Monica, CA 90401

PS – We will have the scoop on First Fridays soon!




First Fridays is on January 1, 2016

First Fridays is on January 1, 2016

The word is out! We will ring in the New year at First Fridays Venice! It’s Friday, January 1, 2016 from 6-10pm on Abbot Kinney Blvd in Venice- the best place on earth! More details posted after Christmas!

We’ll have the food trucks and popups plus other festivities happening. It will be a bit different mix since it’s the first of the year.