Last @AbbotKinney1st of the Year! Christmas Events in Venice, Santa Monica & Culver City

Last @AbbotKinney1st of the Year! Christmas Events in Venice, Santa Monica & Culver City

Use the hashtag #AKFF to share your photos of your delicious food with us! We can’t wait to see your pics!

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Food Truck Lineup on Abbot Kinney

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California – Venice

Street Kitchen LA
The Pudding Truck
Pickles & Peas
Mapuche Native Argentinian Food
Boba Tea & Me
Pink Taco Truck
Cravin’ Crab Cakes


AKFF VIP Club Membership Christmas Special!

JLee-Photography-Ashely-AKFF-Vip-Club-PartnerJ. Lee Photography, Santa Monica

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This Santa Monica photographer specializes in headshots, portraits, and lifestyle photography. You’re in LA and you need a great headshot for your audition – and one you can afford by an experienced photographer- we got it right here for AKFF VIP Club Members!

Plus, Members get to unlock codes for ALL our other Specials – Year Round!

Special Offer for AKFF VIP CLUB Members only: $99 Headshot: 1 Look, 3 Edited images.

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The-Whole-9-Gallery-vipclub-partner-retail-giftsThe Whole 9 Gallery, Culver City

Jewelry, Art & Gift Boutique!

The Whole 9 Gallery is a gallery and retails store in downtown Culver City and an online community dedicated to empowering creatives.  The shop on 3830 Main Street features handcrafted gift items including ceramics and jewelry plus fine art.

Special Offer for AKFF VIP CLUB Members only: 15% OFF Anything in the Store.

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partner-Neckwork-Expert-akffvipclubNeckwork Expert, Mar Vista

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It’s time to Release, Realign, Refresh and Renew with customized massage therapy that unleashes the REAL you!Master Massage Therapist Yvonne Larson customizes each treatment to the individual needs of her clients.

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mad-pambazos-food-truckFood Truck List continued

Santa Clara – San Juan

 Rice Balls of Fire
Blue Nova
Marcel Waffle
Roni Macaroni
The Tapas & The Papas

foodtruck-huge-crowd-AKFF-6016Santa Clara – California

Belly Bombz
Rolln Lobster
Ragin Cajun on Wheels
Crispy Cuban
Mess Hall Canteen
Okamoto Kitchen
Spyros Gyros
The Fix on Wheels
I Love Funnel Cakes!!!
Yummy Pie Babies

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Ridges Churro





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Baby’s Badass BBQ
Border Grill
Kogi Truck
+ more




Holiday Events:

Montana-Ave-Holiday-Walk-2017Montana Avenue Holiday Walk 

Get a head start on your Christmas list at Montana Avenue Holiday Walk this Friday, December 1! Shops on Montana Ave are opening their doors with sales, goodies, and live music this Friday. While doing your holiday shopping snap a quick selfie with the king of the North Pole, Santa! Event starts at 5pm! 
Montana Avenue from 6th to 17th St, Santa Monica 





Venice Christmas Sign Venice Holiday Sign Lighting Ceremony

The annual lighting ceremony will be Saturday, December 2! As always, expect fun activities for everyone to enjoy and a special secret guest to light up the night. Snap pics with Santa on his sleigh and more! Festivities begin at 6pm!
At the VENICE Sign, Windward Avenue & Pacific Ave



akff christmas Holiday Stroll and Snow Day on Abbot Kinney

Let it snow in Venice! Sunday, December 3 have fun sledding down slopes with real ice and greet Santa on your way down! Crafts, coloring booths, carolers, and store events will also be available to make the best out of your Sunday funday! Event begins 11am-4pm.
The Brig Parking Lot at Palms Ave down Abbot Kinney


Culver City Holiday Tree Lighting 2017Culver City Tree Lighting Ceremony

Light up your night on Thursday, December 7 at 6pm with Culver City! The annual tree lighting ceremony will have lots of treats for you and the family to enjoy! Get warm with a delicious cup of hot chocolate, fill your tummy with festive treats, and kick back with performances by Culver City High School’s very own AVPA Chamber singers!
Town Plaza in Downtown Culver City – between the Culver Hotel and the Arclight near the Lion’s Fountain.
More Deets On Culver City Tree Lighting 


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Fourth of July Fireworks Guide 2017: Marina del Rey, Venice, Pacific Palisades, & Brentwood

Fourth of July Fireworks Guide 2017: Marina del Rey, Venice, Pacific Palisades, & Brentwood

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Happy Fourth of July! Everyone loves Fireworks & AKFF has the scoop on Fireworks Shows: Marina del Rey, Pacific Palisades & Brentwood!

Marina del Rey Fireworks Show

fireworks venice canals, marina del Rey FireworksMake sure to get there early to nab a good spot, bring a blanket and layers since it gets cold, for realz, at the beach after sundown.

More tips: avoid driving on Lincoln anywhere near the Marina as it will be jammed and there are streets that will be blocked off to traffic. Bike, skate or walk it during the day, have a picnic or check out some eats at local restaurants before the big show!

Fireworks at 9pm
Admission: Free


Pacific Palisades Fireworks Show, Live Music & Food Trucks

Palisades Charter High School, aka Pali High, puts on a show, starting with food trucks and bands in the upper parking lot at 4pm.

Live Music & Food Trucks 4pm (upper lot)
Gates Open at 5pm
Fireworks at 9pm
Admission: $10
Get Fireworks Tickets

Brentwood Country Club Fireworks

You don’t have to be a member to enjoy the fireworks. Just bring some chairs and a blanket to the surrounding streets and check them out. There are a few areas where the trees might block the view. If you live in Santa Monica it’s a good option, since they already had fireworks last weekend and don’t do them on the fourth, which is ridiculous. Enjoy!
590 S. Burlingame Ave., Los Angeles, 90049

Fireworks at 9pm
Admission: Free (on surrounding streets)

Venice Art Walk Sunday, May 21, 2017

Venice Art Walk Sunday, May 21, 2017

The 38th annual Venice Art Walk is one of our fave events to support! Check out the art exhibit, part of the Silent Auction at Google (for realz), hang out and catch some live music in the courtyard, plus gourmet food trucks and booths on the street. Don’t miss the legendary Artist Studio Tours from 12-4pm!

Venice Art Walk-2015-silent-auction-dogThe best part of all is that the Venice Art Walk benefits the Venice Family Clinic, providing vital healthcare for thousands of people in Venice and Los Angeles.

Whether you purchase an event T-shirt poster or other merchandise or a Studio Tour Ticket this is a donation to the Venice Family Clinic, helping to save lives.

The Google hosted event is free and Art Studio Tours are paid.

Get Artist Studio Tour Tickets >


AKFF Guide to Venice Art Walk

venice-art-walk-2017-akffGet There Early!
for best parking if you must drive (or take public transpo) and to get the full experience before the crowd gets ginormous – and it will! Starts at 12 noon. Hampton & Sunset Aves in Venice 90291 – back of Google HQ.

Artist Studio Tour
Buy tickets online in advance, a $50 donation that benefits Venice Family Clinic. Studio tours from 12-4pm at local Venice Artist studios. Shuttle buses (included w ticket purchase)  that take you to the studios in Venice for the tour. Pick up your ticket at Will Call booth starting at 11am.

Silent Auction
Inside the Google building you will find art from cutting edge and world reknowned artists, such as: Kelly Akashi, John Baldessari, Alison Saar and Ed Ruscha to name a few. All art is for sale and the prices are good.  If you win the auction, typically, you pay day of the event and can take it home with you!

Venice Art Walk Links:

Venice Art Walk Website >

Artist Studio Tour Tickets >

Silent Auction Online Preview >



Spring has Sprung! Events in Santa Monica, Venice, Culver City  & Playa Vista

Spring has Sprung! Events in Santa Monica, Venice, Culver City & Playa Vista

The Happenings in Santa Monica: 

Photo Courtesy: Art at Tongva

Art at Tongva: The Wonder Room

Art at Tongva Park presents The Wonder Room, with performances by many talented artists including acclaimed L.A. choreographer Sarah Elgart, Arrogant Elbow, Grammy Award-winning vocalist Rosalie Rodriguez and more! Head down to Tongva Park Wednesday, April 5, 7:30pm-9pm.
1615 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA
More Info Here >

the blessing of the animal

Photo Courtesy: BG Gallery

The Blessing of the Animals

John Kilduff and BG Gallery present “The Blessing Of The Animals” exhibit.  John Kilduff invites you and your furry friends to this gallery which will feature his animal paintings. Does it get any better than that?  April 8-18, 6:30pm-10:30pm.
2525 Michigan Ave, Santa Monica, CA
Get Art Exhibit Deets >


Jazz Funk Fest Tryg-Hanson-Gerry-Fialka-Paulie-Dee-AKFFEarth Day Show: Live Music

A musical mashup with writers and musicians from  Jazz Funk Fest are hitting up UnUrban on Saturday, April 22, 7pm-9pm. Don’t miss it! Free Show!
3301 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA
Santa Monica Event Details >



Chill in Venice:

Abbot-Kinney-First-Fridays-VIP-Club-Exclusive-Special-Offers-Join TodayFirst Fridays on Abbot Kinney

The talk of the month in Venice is First Fridays where all of LA’s tastiest food trucks line up Abbot Kinney Bl! Stay tune next week for the full food truck list and more goodies! And for all you first timers (Welcome!) check out our First Fridays FAQ!
Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA  

Get April Venice First Friday Deets >




G2 Gallery Last Opening-Janet Gervers-AKFFThe G2 Gallery Special Event 

Spend an evening with Phase One and Andrei Duman for a hands on experience with the XF 100 MP camera system Saturday, April 22, 6pm-9pm! Get advice from Andrei while he shares his experiences using the camera with you. Refreshments will be served during the event. RSVP at
1503 Abbot Kinney Bl, Venice, CA

Its Time- Pacific Resident Theater, Venice

Photo Courtesy: Pacific Resident Theater

Pacific Resident Theatre – It’s Time  

Writer Paul Linke and director Edward Edwards’ project “It’s Time” focuses on a widower and his transformative meeting with his second wife, Christine. Snag yourself a ticket before April 30.
705 1/2 Venice Bl, Venice, CA
Check Out Show Times and Ticket Prices >  




Venice Media District

Photo Courtesy: Venice Media District

Playa Vista:

Venice Media District: Silicon Beach Film Festival Filmmakers’ Meet & Greet 

What better event for networking? Hang out with actors, film makers and social influencers Friday, April 21, 6pm.
Runway Playa Vista, 12751 Millennium Drive, #140, Playa Vista 




Silicon Beach Film Festival 2017
Photo Courtesy: Silicon Beach Film Festival

2nd Annual Playa Vista Film Festival

A celebration with filmmakers in the heart of tech and start up. This week-long film festival will be screening films for 12 hrs and will take place at the Howard Hughes Cinemark 18. Have fun and catch a film April 22 – April 28.
Howard Hughes Cinemark 18, 6081 Center Dr, Los Angeles, CA
More Film Festival Info Here >



Party in Culver City:

Culver City Event

Photo Courtesy: Pre-Festival VIP Lounge

Pre-Festival VIP Rooftop Lounge 

Be ready to take a dip at the coolest rooftop pool party with Platform on Saturday, April 8, 12pm-5pm! Make sure to RSVP and don’t forget to mention that your friends from AKFF Blog sent you!
8850 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA
Vip Party Scoop Here >


Celebrate New Year’s Eve at these Los Angeles Venues!

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at these Los Angeles Venues!

From Venice to Weho to Noho, Studio City and Costa Mesa, AKFF has you covered for New Year’s Eve Celebrations! 

image001The Lincoln

The Lincoln is easily becoming the must go to venue in Venice, so why miss their New Year’s Eve celebration? Enjoy craft cocktails like The Mid-Autumn at 2:27 in Upstate New York! Plus, what is New Year’s without a champagne toast? The Lincoln will have complimentary champagne to toast to the new exciting year! The AKFF checked out The Lincoln and it was well alive on a week night! Specialty cocktails pack a punch! There will be a line so arrive early. Doors open at 7pm. Check it out and party all night with The Lincoln!
2536 Lincoln Bl, Venice, CA, 90291




p1290650The Darkroom

Hand thrown pizza, fried chicken sandwich, the cheesiest mac and cheese, and a delicious fried egg cheeseburger are foods you can look forward to when celebrating New Year’s Eve at The Darkroom! Open from 2pm-2am New Year’s Eve.
7302 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA, 90036



The Powerhouse

Grab a beer or two at Hollywood’s oldest bar to celebrate the New Year. Enjoy the old school Hollywood ambience and champagne toast at midnight! Venue opens at 7pm New Year’s Eve.
1714 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA, 90028




new_year_2017Tiki No

Celebrate the New Year the Hawaiian way! Tiki No’s New Year’s Eve event will supply guest with Hawaiian leis and fun party favors to get their guest into the spirit of welcoming a new year. Champagne toast will hit off at midnight. Doors open 7pm New Year’s Eve!
4657 Lankershim Bl, North Hollywood, CA, 91602






Firefly will make you feel right at home with their cozy patio with fireplaces, library lounge and four course meal for $95 for 5:30 seating and $125 for 9pm seating per person. AKFF visited Firefly and recommends it for couples and small groups for NYE. The food is superb, from the seared bluefin tuna appetizer to the delectable steelhead salmon and filet mignon that melts in your mouth! Reservations still available, call 818-762-1833 to reserve a spot. 
Check Out NYE Menu Here >
11720 Ventura Bl, Studio City, CA, 91604



Live music, rum tastings and cigar rolling are all happening before the New Year’s countdown. Guest will also be eating delicious entrees from Chef Miguel Quintero’s special New Year’s Eve menu!
Check Out Menu Here >
2930 Bristol St, Ste A110, Costa Mesa, CA, 92626






Spend New Year’s Eve at the most stylish event of the night! Mesa will present a theme inspired by Met Gala’s theme of honoring Rei Kawakubo and Comme des Garçons. All night long enjoy craft cocktails and bites from 9- 10:30pm, party favors, a champagne toast and more!
Purchase Tickets Here >
725 Baker St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 


 Photos courtesy of Platform Media Group

Art in the Afternoon – Filled with Art, Fun, Food!

Art in the Afternoon – Filled with Art, Fun, Food!

AWBW-Art in the afternoon-2016Art in the Afternoon, takes place on Saturday, May 7 from 12-4pm,  A Window Between World’s popular annual art festival, will be held at the Venice Skills Center, 611 5th Avenue.

Featuring: Free food from In-N-Out Burger (for real), Chalk Art, Music, with hosts, Beth Littleford, from the “The Daily Show” and G Hannelius, from “Dog with a Blog”!

This is the second year in a row that this fun filled, all ages festival is happening – there were over 600 people at last years;s event! It benefits A Window Between Worlds, a Venice nonprofit organization celebrating its 25th Anniversary!  AWBW’s healing art programs are for women, men and children impacted by violence-related trauma.

Festival Highlights: Admission includes free food from In-N-Out® Burger (12-2pm), Panda Express and Sprinkles Cupcakes. Aquarium of the Pacific on Wheels is also free, along with art-making, face painting, chalk art, Hoop it Up Hula Hooping and a Best Bubbles Party. Color Me Mine, SuperCool Creamery, Make Me Nails and Creative Chakra Spa will also be there, along with multiple carnival games (with prizes), a bouncy slide for the kids and live and silent auctions for the adults.

Get Your Tickets Today at and at the door. Kids: $10 (12 and under), Teens: $25 (13-17), Adults: $60.

Art in the Afternoon
Saturday, May 7 from 12-4pm
Venice Skills Center
611 5th Avenue, Venice CA 90291
(between Vernon + Sunset)