Abbot Kinney First Fridays May 2nd 2019

Abbot Kinney First Fridays May 2nd 2019

First Fridays and Venice is time for food trucks and fun! There’s a slew of tasty options every month on Abbot Kinney Boulevard, from close to Venice Boulevard all the way west toward San Juan.

First things first, let’s make sure you have the deets on First Fridays. See these helpful articles:

First Fridays FAQ

First Fridays Map

If you want The Insider Guide to First Fridays that’s not published here, then make sure to check out this link: Insider Guide

Find out about other First Fridays in other areas: Click Here!

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Get the scoop on food regular truck events happening in Venice, LA and beyond! It’s a handy e-book you can take wherever you go! Food truck haps are a swipe away! 1st Friday, 1st Thursday and even 1st Saturday.

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First Fridays Calendar

First Fridays Calendar

It’s a Great Year for Abbot Kinney First Fridays! @AbbotKinney1st an Independent Blog Published for 11 Years is here to help you with the First Fridays Calendar updated for 2019.

January 4 January is jumpin’ already! Looking for the scoop on First Fridays, such as when it starts, parking tips and more? See our First Fridays FAQ page!

foodtruck crowd on Palms abbot kinney first fridays

February 1 Feb is FAB for food trucks! Did you  see our posts on other food truck events in beach areas of Los Angeles – see our food truck scene roundup. 

first fridays venice dec 2016 abbot kinney

March 1 March is a marvelous month for checking out shops and Venice area businesses.

Casetify-team enjoying food

April 5 April is awesome when you get your tastebuds on some great food on Abbot Kinney Bl in Venice! Can’t make it to First Fridays?  Get the scoop on more food truck events in Los Angeles.

dogtown dog foodtruck at brig

May 3 May is magnificent for shopping, eating and meeting!  Plus the Marina del Rey Beach Eats starts this month – have at it!

couple w food street kitchen

June 7 June is juicy with all the flavorful food! See our Top 5 Food Trucks post for some ideas.

1st Fridays 030416 AKFF Mapuche food truck

July 5 July is joyful, especially when you see our Guide to LA Food Truck Events throughout the month!

Food truck Heaven Chimichurries Street Kitchen

August 2 Surf’s up and summer is in full swing! If you can’t make it to First Fridays you still can  check out our Summer Guide for SouthBay.

Food Truck Line at Street Kitchen all night

September 6 September is super! See our First Fridays map to mark your First Fridays destination.

Dudes enjoing their food on First Fridays

October 4 October is OMG! Great choices for eating, shopping and fun on Abbot Kinney bl in Venice. See our 1st Fridays Guide.


November 1 November is naughty or nice! Follow the AKFF Facebook feed for events and entertainment


December 6 December is decked with holiday events! Have you checked out AKFF on Instagram yet for more events and awesome food snaps?

1stfridays food truck mib pizza


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!

Share your pics with the hashtag #AKFF to share your photos of your delicious food with us!

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⇒ Food Truck FYI

⇒ First Fridays Map

⇒ Calendar



Food Truck Lineup on Abbot Kinney

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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 



Abbot Kinney First Fridays 10 Year Anniversary in 2018! The Chronicles of Venice: Part 1

Abbot Kinney First Fridays 10 Year Anniversary in 2018! The Chronicles of Venice: Part 1

AKFF-Logo-©2016 abbot kinney first fridays logo #abbotkinney1stWow, has it Really Been TEN Whole Years!!! Yes, it’s True! Abbot Kinney First Fridays in Venice Launched in May 2, 2008. Find out how  #AKFF started and what we’ve got in store for you!

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Every month, we will feature throwback graphics and will give detailed accounts of it including the good, the bad and the just plain stupid! Fortunately, most of it’s good!


Adam Gertler, Food Channel was Emcee for Taste of Venice 2014 (Taste of Abbot Kinney)

First things First: when the blog was first started, the event was more of a Venice neighborhood event on Abbot Kinney, where shops were open late, had sales plus food, drink and music. This was in the pre-food truck era.

Only thing was, very few people attended and the local businesses were asking for help spreading the word about 1st Fridays. (Note: it’s been called First Fridays and 1st Fridays among others…)

Our Founder and Editor, a Venice local, the owner of Jagmedia who was passionate about all things Venice jumped in and started this blog to help boost attendance and get the word out about the monthly event, every First Friday of the month.

See the FIRST Abbot Kinney First Fridays Blog Post >

That’s were we started – pretty simply. Who would have imagined in their wildest dreams that our blog we nicknamed “AKFF Blog” would skyrocket First Fridays into international fame with ginormous crowds within one year – and keep it going with a steady crowd each month? (!)

food trucks at Abbot Kinney First Fridays December 2014 #AKFF #abbotkinney1st

How did @AbbotKinney1st do it?

In a nutshell, we kept at it and kept going, despite our detractors – yes there were those in that category, which will cover in another post.  Every month we, wrote articles on what was happening, gave the scoop on special events, which merchants were participating and the food trucks, once they became a thing and started heading to Venice in droves.

We have much to share with you and will post articles every month about  the history of Abbot Kinney First Fridays: what were the trends, who were the players and chronicaling how Venice was at that time. Plus, throwback photos from First Fridays, Venice and the numerous events we covered -and we sure covered a lot of them.

Get our First Fridays Calendar now so you don’t miss out >

From humble beginnings where our Founder started writing about the First Fridays of the month in Venice, to Venice events, entertainment and lifestyle; then broadening the scope of the blog to Santa Monica, Marina del Rey, Westside, Playa Vista and other beach areas. AKFF also covered the  growing tech scene in 2011 that became known as Silicon Beach and also included features on other areas like #dtla, Downtown Los Angeles and South Bay.

There’s much to tell, especially since Venice is such a unique place with a lot of character going from bohemian beach town to Silicon Beach in recent years! We’ll tell you as much as we can,  and hope to hear from our readers too.

Do you have a story to share or a suggestion for material you want to know about related to First Fridays or Venice?

Simply reply in the comments area below. Register  as a follower and log in to post (yes, we want to make sure it’s really you). We’d love to hear from you!

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