First Fridays Preview: FABuary 5 on Abbot Kinney

First Fridays Preview: FABuary 5 on Abbot Kinney

Abbot Kinney First Fridays Instagram Photo Contest
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2- Tag your February 5, 2016 First Fridays photos: #akff
(by Saturday, Feb 6, 2016 at 11:59pm)

2 Winners chosen from photos with most likes
Prize: NextSpace Venice Beach Day Pass Value $30
Prize will be mailed (address required) or arrange pickup at NextSpace Venice Beach

Woodys Grill- Food TuruckThe AKFF Blog has a 1st Fridays Preview for February 5, 2016.  A small selection of tasty  food trucks you’ll be seeing and sampling from on Abbot Kinney Blvd in Venice! Just updated with our Instagram Contest!

Big line at Roll n Lobster - Delish!

Pudding Truck line

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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
eat-bluestar-donuts Abbot Kinney
AKFF-October-2015 Venice First Fridays October 2, 2015
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.

Huge Crowd on AK !5 Points Popup, Phillyfornia Food truckLocated Between California and San Juan
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!

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.

Abbot Kinney First Fridays & Venice Sign Lighting on December 4, 2015

Abbot Kinney First Fridays & Venice Sign Lighting on December 4, 2015

1stfridays-eat-woodys-foodtruckIt’s a Double Dose of Holiday Events in Venice on the same night! The LAST First Friday of 2015 takes place front and center from 6-10pm and the Venice Sign Lighting starts at 6:15pm. Check out both within walking distance! Just Added Food Trucks!

First Friday– December 4, 2015 6-10pm
It’s your last chance to check out 1st Fridays so head on over to Abbot Kinney Blvd between Venice Blvd and Westminster Ave for food trucks, shopping, popup store openings plus the bar and restaurant scene.

First Fridays Popup Merican MadeThe newest popup on the scene, Merican Made opens with a bang! There’s an opening party (rsvp only-see below), photo booth and boatloads of cool new apparel and accessories by Aptemal Clothing, Graphic Anthology, Androgyny, Chocolate and Steel and  Kahoy Kollection to name a few. The popup is inside Milkmade, 1413 Abbot Kinney Blvd, a retail store that’s been around for awhile as far as Abbot Kinney goes.

First Fridays Venice Merican Made PopupMerican Made will be serving small bites and drinks while a DJ spins some tunes from 6-9. Wags and Walks, a local dog rescue and one of the beneficiaries of our pop up, will have a kissing booth.  A donation will get you a smooch from a cute and adoptable pup! Also featuring a photography exhibit by Tim Langridge, a Venice local. The store is closer to the Venice end of the boulevard, fyi.

Free, but you MUST RSVP at this special link to attend the party!

shop-L.Angeles at First Fridays More NEW places to Shop & Eat on Abbot Kinney Boulevard!

Last month we checked out more new stores and popups galore! A few of our picks here. L.Angels is a new boutique by a Venice Local has an eclectic mix of accessories, apparel and gift items. It’s a little way down from Merican Made & Milkmade heading west on the same side of the street.

Shop-John-Fluevog-Shoes-01Next door, you will encounter some of the coolest shoes ever at John Fluevog. We loved the shoe boots that harken back to the 80’s and the lovely turquoise collection of shoes.  As you continue down the street you’ll see the regulars, as in shops that have been there for 5 years or more, such as Alternative, featuring soft, comfy clothing made from organic fabric – open til 7pm. Keep walking and  you’ll reach The Other Room, a bar on AK for 10 years with lotsa brews.

shop-vnyl-on Abbot Kinney for vinylCross the street and you’ll see VNYL, the new record store on Abbot Kinney that actually has vinyl and a subscription related service. They’re usually spinning some tunes on First Fridays and sometimes host fun events.

Keep on walking, oh yeah, and eating. There’s plenty of food trucks to choose from while you’re at it.
See a recent post for our food truck & First Fridays faq.

eat-bluestar-donuts Abbot KinneyLast month, we found a new doughnut and coffee shop that’s open til midnight, (as you continue walking from VNYL toward Venice)! There was a line there and apparently good reason for it!  It’s Blue Star Donut and Coffee. A friend told us the raspberry doughnut was the best effing doughnut ever!  The AKFF team is sure to try one soon!

shop-5points-popup-abbot-kinney-bl-first-fridaysKeep walking and eventually you’ll get to 5 Points in its new popup location, close to Palms. They  are leading a new creative trend  on Abbot Kinney with cool classes you can take to make things. Check out the drawing bar on First Friday and  get your creativity on! Abbot Kinney First Fridays has more to offer than food trucks, so put on your walking shoes! Walk to this next event…

Just Added: Party at 1st Fridays on Abbot Kinney Boulevard!

Cuyana Popoup crowd on Abbot KinneyCuyana made its debut this summer on Abbot Kinney in its popup location at 1140 Abbot Kinney Blvd and they are back in the same location permananently and celebrating  with a Re-Opening Party at 1st Fridays!

Local caterer Plant Food & Wine will be catering our event and California based Perfumery and shoppers have the chance to receive a gift from By Rosie Jane. Cuyana features beautiful women’s apparel and accessories.

Food Trucks at 1st Fridays – Just Added!

Piaggio on Wheels, The Lobos Truck, Pizza & Co, Richeeze, Paninissimo, Komodo truck, Waffles de Liege, Rolln Lobster, Street Kitchen LA, SteamyBunTruck, Burnt to a Crisp Texas Smokehouse, Comet BBQ, The Pudding Truck, Sabores de Mexico, Tender Grill Gourmet Brazilian Kitchen, Salt & Straw, Sanook Soi 88, Sweet Amsterdam, L.A. Wing Co, Middle Feats, Swamis Sandwiches, Chunk-n-Chip, Sweet E’s Bakeshop, Wings N Waffles, Pirozhki LA.


The 4th Annual Venice Sign Lighting!


Venice-Sign-Lighting-VSO-Poster-640pxThis new Venice tradition  starts at 6:15 with booths from various businesses, a toy drive and music by the VSO, Venice Symphony Orchestra! This is a fun event that the AKFF Blog loves attending!

The VSO features 30 musicians playing instruments ranging from electric guitar to violins and trumpets, playing it Venice style, while performing  holiday favorites and VSO standards. Each year, there is a special celebrity guest (identity kept secret until the event) with the first one featuring Robert Downey, Jr. and the last one featuring Pink to help flip the giant switch to turn the Venice Sign into a Christmas theme coloring of red and green! Pink at the Venice Sign Lighting 2014The actual sign lighting is slated for 8pm, so make sure to get over to Windward Av at Pacific, where the block will be shutdown to traffic. Just look for there crowd there. See our Venice and Santa Monica Holiday Events Post for more details on the Venice Sign Lighting and the Montana Ave Stroll on the same night and more!  

First Fridays is coming Fast & Furiously on November 6, 2015!

First Fridays is coming Fast & Furiously on November 6, 2015!

Abbot Kinney First Fridays is almost here near the end of the year! What a year it’s been with new openings, closings and popups on Abbot Kinney Blvd in Venice!  AKFF has the scoop for you here including some cool freebies! Check back for updates! Scroll down for our 1st Fridays FAQ!

Who’s Oscar?

Oscar-CA-health-insurance-carOscar is the new kid on the block! They’re here to help make healthcare smart, simple and painless. Come on over to The Other Room on Abbot Kinney Blvd and say hello! They’ll be there, ready to answer questions and help you sign up for a 2016 health plan. And they’ll be giving away some fun freebies! Visit to get a quote in seconds!

Oscar. Smart, simple healthcare. 844-OSCAR-66 @OscarHealth

The Other Room

The Other Room at Venice First Fridays September 2015The Other Room is the place to be on First Fridays! Besides hosting Oscar (see above) in front of the place where you can get some freebies and find out about their mobile app, you can step inside for a brew or glass of wine. They have an extensive array of brews. The AKFF Editor recommends the Santa Monica Brew, wheat beer with it’s clean refreshing taste with a hint of sweetness.  The Other Room is at the corner of San Juan. Check it out!
1201 Abbot Kinney Blvd 90291

5 POINTS is back!

Huge Crowd on AK !5 Points Popup, Phillyfornia Food truckThe popup with the cool 3d printer this summer is back in a new spot on Abbot Kinney! This is their first time officially opened on First Friday in this location, so make sure to say hello while shopping for cool 3d goodies, fashion accessories, etc. We hope they bring back the drawing wall! 5 POINTS features on-the-spot maker experiences, creative workshops and limited edition designer goods reflecting the visions of emerging artists.
1522 Abbot Kinney Blvd 90291

Late Nights First Fridays – Get Your Groove on!

dj-poster-tacoteca-monika-closeupIf you’re looking for something else to do after First Fridays you can head on over to Tacoteca in Santa Monica and shake your booty (and work off some calories from the food you indulged in too)! Both Friday and Saturday nights are DJ nights at TacoTeca. DJ Monika is in residency now on Saturday nights.
2460 Wilshire Blvd Santa Monica 90403 (at 25th)


AKFF First Fridays FAQ

Abbot Kinney First Fridays Getting Started- Food trucksWhile many of you know the drill, there are newbies and we’re here to spread the love so you have fun!

Time & Place: Abbot Kinney First Fridays is on Friday, October 2, 2015 from 6 – 10pm, in Venice Beach, CA on Abbot Kinney Blvd, between Venice Blvd & Westminster (both are at lights). Popular hashtags for the event and our blog: #1st Fridays #VeniceFirstFridays and #FirstFridays #AKFF #AKFFblog #AbbotKinney1st.

FoodTrucks: lotsa good options for eating that change monthly on Abbot Kinney Blvd.  There are additional food trucks on side streets – tho not every First Fridays. See our AKFF Twitter @AbbotKinney1st feed for food trucks – most post there!

See our Post on Top 5 Food Truck Picks >

Parking: Get there EARLY  and avoid Abbot Kinney Blvd since traffic backs up. There are a few valet parking lots: usually at Navarre Ct (alley near California) also at Electric Lodge, (behind Abbot Kinney on Electric Av).

Best Food Truck Event

AKFF- Best Food Truck EventThe Abbot Kinney First Fridays event was voted Best Food Truck Event in the Argonaut Newspaper for 2015!

If you have a photo of your fave food truck, post on one of our social links at the top of the blog or reply to this blog post. We would love to see your photos and you will love to see it in the spotlight too!