Five Things We Liked at First Fridays

Five Things We Liked at First Fridays

Besides the food trucks, of course! First Fridays May 4, 2018


WillLeatherGoods-AKFF-050418Will Leather Goods

The AKFF Team walked into the store and immediately loved hearing the Rolling Stones music by the acoustic duet, Faded Echo, plus free Henna tattoos by Betzee; our Editor rocked one of those and got lots of compliments that evening,. See the henna tattoo on our Instagram feed @AbbotKinney1st. Plus, there was a sale going on in the store too!



It was great seeing some art again on Abbot Kinney Boulevard; check out this pop-up shop. They are having an auction on art and some pretty cool furniture on May 20. Also fun getting some freebies at the store too.



TenterCoffee-AKFF-050418Tenter Coffee

Coffee samples! Just heat some water and pour over the filter packet for robust and tasty organic coffee. This Editor tried the coffee at home and it was quick and easy to get a cuppa joe and tasted great.



DanielWellington-AKFF-050418Daniel Wellington

Cinco de Mayo party with the love wall; great photo op for all – and those refreshing margaritas. Nice watch collection too.




ASAKaftans-AKFF-050418ASA Kaftans

You are golden.

Nice to see this while window shopping after the store was closed. Dreamy kaftans – even in turquoise leopard print!


All in all it was a great First Fridays. Are editor recommends checking out the stores and shops that are open during First Fridays after you eat your food cuz you never know what party or freebies you might come across. @Abbotkinney1st has been covering First Fridays Venice for 10 years and we know a good thing when we see it and share it with you first!

Abbot Kinney First Fridays Turns 10! Celebrate May 4, 2018, 4-10:30pm

Abbot Kinney First Fridays Turns 10! Celebrate May 4, 2018, 4-10:30pm

@AbbotKinney1st Celebrates 10 Years of Supporting the Community that loves First Fridays!
Plus coverage of Venice Community Events, Silicon Beach,  Santa Monica, Marina del Rey, West LA & more Food Truck Events!

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Food Truck Lineup on Abbot Kinney

abbotkinney1st-foodtrucks-palms-crowd-wordofmouth-040218Venice Bl – California 

Chinese Fusion
Cravin’ Crab Cakes
Dreamy Creations
Frach’s Fried Ice Cream
Steamy Bun Truck
Word Of Mouth Truck


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Dogtown Dogs

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Food Trucks cont’d: Whether you call it Abbot Kinney First Fridays, Venice First Fridays, Abbot Kinney First Friday, @abbotkinney1st, 1st Fridays or Food Truck Friday!


California – Santa Clara

Belly BombZ
Chuck Wagon
Crepes Bonaparte
Epikurian Truck
Food Travelers
Mad Dumplings
Mess Hall Canteen
Mexican Chuck Wagon Fusion
Okamoto Kitchen
Pinch of Flavor Truck
Rolln Lobster
Smhokin Pot
Thai-Mex Cocina
The Panzerotti Truck


abbotkinney1st-food-grilledcheesetruck-040218Santa Clara – San Juan

Sanook Soi 38
Ridges Churro Bar
Lindo Taco
Wow’s Wings on Wheels


abbotkinney1st-food-cousinsmainelobsterPalms Ave

(side street close to Venice Bl)

Goshen Cuisine
Love Bird
Pickles & Peas
Roni Macaroni
Prince of Venice
The Pudding Truck

abbotkinney1st-crowd-foodtrucks-040218-1180pxThe Brig Parking Lot

(private lot close to Venice Bl)
Updated May 3, 2018
Open til 11pm

Dogtown Dogs (VIP Members Get a Freebie- scroll up for deets)
Baby’s Badass Burgers
Cousin’s Maine Lobster
Kogi BBQ
The Original Grilled Cheese Truck
South Philly Experience
Wise Barbeque Truck


 More Events on First Fridays:

Venice Art Crawl- @abbotkinney1st-050418Venice Art Crawl

Join Venice Eclectic, a magical benefit event themed to honor Venice’s eclectic community of artists performers and supporters of the art. Just off of Abbot Kinney at the historic Lantern House, a place full of colorful art and history. Delectable food, open bar.

May 4, 7-10 pm, Tickets: $125
745 Milwood Ave, Venice 90291
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Affair of the Arts, Culver City

Free festival with a ton of artists exhibiting, plus live painting, live music & more in downtown Culver City.

May 4, 5 and 6.
9400 Culver Bl at Main Street,
Culver City 90232
Art Festival Info >

The Shocking Truth About Abbot Kinney First Fridays

The Shocking Truth About Abbot Kinney First Fridays

Abbot Kinney First Fridays Getting Started- Food trucksThe Chronicles of Venice:
The origins of the AKFF blog were anything but typical.

AKFF started 10 years ago in Venice where things don’t go on the straight and narrow. See this post for the start of @abbotkinney1st.

Our Editor and Founder, Janet Gervers of Jagmedia in Venice was working with the Venice Chamber and the Venice Neighborhood Council at the time to promote Abbot Kinney First Fridays on Abbot Kinney Bl in Venice, when the attendance was a handful of people. 

Our Editor had the idea of creating a blog that promoted Abbot Kinney First Fridays. She discussed it with one of the Venice Chamber Board Members who was very supportive of the idea and it was launched in a short time in May of 2008 promoting First Fridays.  They both spread the word to Abbot Kinney businesses. There was opportunities for free and low-fee advertising, something needed to sustain blog. The Abbot Kinney First Fridays blog helped to sky rocket attendance within a year of starting which led to international prominence!

It was really shocking that an insidious email  was sent over the weekend making the blog effort akin to a crime by Carole Tantau, owner of Just Tantau on Abbot Kinney and a Venice Chamber Board Member,  directly familiar with the efforts of our Editor, who was actively promoting the event and volunteering on her own time for it. The email was sent to Board Members of the Venice Chamber and the Venice Neighborhood Council claiming that our Editor and a Board Member who was supportive of the idea were in some kind of nefarious collusion and did her best to try to shut the blog down. Fortunately, the majority who were emailed did not agree with her and the blog continued.

In fact no effort was made to open any kind of dialogue at any time past or present. It was really distressing and hurtful to our Editor to have these accusations made when she had put much effort into helping the community and something that would benefit the businesses on Abbot Kinney (and still does). While this is not intended to be vindictive in any way, the truth finally needs to be told.  This blog does NOT benefit from  food truck booking revenue, it’s a local merchant group. This blog has been an all-volunteer effort since the start 10 years ago and it exists via advertising revenue.  Our Editor is grateful to have had the support we’ve had from local businesses over the years.

Moving forward, the AKFF Blog is planning on putting the blog on the Patreon platform that will allow people to subscribe to get premium content and perks so we can continue our blog for you, our valued readers who appreciate what we do and love First Fridays.

The advertising models of the past don’t work as well and we hope that you will move forward with us and support us so that we can continue bringing content not only about First Fridays but also food, culture and events in Beach areas, West Los Angeles and beyond – plus perks only for our subscribers.

If there’s something else that you would like to see on our blog, make sure to click in the reply area below or fill out our contact form. We’d love to hear from you!

Photos by Janet Gervers:
Feature: 2014 First Fridays & Abbot Kinney BL Sign
2015 First Fridays & Abbot Kinney BL

Insider Look at First Fridays!

Insider Look at First Fridays!

abbotkinney1st-abbotkinney-bikes-foodtrucks-040218If you went to First Fridays on Abbot Kinney, you know how good it is with all the tasty food options from the food trucks! If you didn’t, we’ve got the inside scoop right here for you with highlights from April 2 2018, Abbot Kinney First Fridays in Venice!

abbotkinney1st-food-cousinsmainelobsterThis is a true delight from Cousins Maine Lobster.

More is more at First Fridays! Show us your snaps on Instagram @abbotkinney first or share on the AKFF Facebook page.


Food trucks lined the side street off of Abbot Kinney. We like the fun graphics on the Word of Mouth truck. Did you eat their food? If so, how did you like it? Let us know by replying to our post or on our social media.

abbotkinney1st-foodpasta-egg-chubbeemonkee040218Check this combo out! Fried egg on pasta…hmmm… from Chubbee Monkee. If you eat enough of it you might turn into one!

abbotkinney1st-foodtrucks-crowd-briglot-040218580x250The night was young at The Brig parking lot before the crowds got huge! See our feature photo at top of this post for our @abbotkinney1st crowd closeup.


Grilled cheese is always a fave at 1st Fridays! Seen here from The Grilled Cheese Truck and eaten shortly thereafter!

Check out more of our First Fridays photos and posts at our AKFF Blog Link.

Find out about how you can save on food trucks, shopping, fitness every day!

See our map of Abbot Kinney so you can plan for each and every First Fridays in Venice!

Food Truck Frenzy at Abbot Kinney First Fridays on April 6, 2018!

Food Truck Frenzy at Abbot Kinney First Fridays on April 6, 2018!

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Frach’s Fried Ice Cream
Dreamy Creations Cupcake Truck
Roni Macaroni
Food Travelers
Goshen Cuisine 


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Food Truck List continued…

abbotkinney1st-food-hotdog-030218-logoSanta Clara – San Juan

Rice Balls of Fire
Ridges Churro Bar
Mexican Chuck Wagon Fusion
Mad Dumplings

Santa Clara – California

Rolln Lobster
Street Kitchen LA
Chanco’s Tacos
Steamy Bun Truck
Mess Hall Canteen
Okamoto Kitchen
Tender Grill Gourmet Brazilian Kitchen
The Fix on Wheels
Epikurean Truck
Pink Taco Truck
Love Bird
Creole City


abbotkinney1st-people-eating-food-030218The Brig Parking Lot

Baby’s Badass BBQ
Border Grill
Kogi Truck
+ more 



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.

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 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)

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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! 
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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!

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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

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 




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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!

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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.