The First Fridays craze has hit California, bigger than Hurricane Maria! From Venice Beach, where it all started on Abbot Kinney Boulevard, six years ago, to Los Angeles, Carpinteria and Santa Cruz to name a few cities in our Golden State- and it is golden!

Check out our First Fridays guide and let us know in the comments if you have a First Fridays/1st Fridays event you want to share with our blog audience!

 Abbot Kinney Blvd & VeniceWhere it all started! The event has become a food truck bonanza, with  just about every food truck imaginable on the boulevard. There are some events close by  worth checking out.

High Voltage at Electric LodgeThis venue is a hop, skip and a jump from Abbot Kinney – it’s at 1416 Electric Ave, a block away, between California (at the light)and Milwood. High Voltage is a mashup of multimedia and avant garde performance. The FREE performance is at 9pm, followed by Spark After Dark with dj sets going til midnight, plus a bar (for 21+).

Essential Oils Class at Turning Point Pilates, 7pm 612A Venice Bl
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First Friday Santa Cruz, CA
This monthly art oriented event founded by the Santa Cruz Institute of Contemporary Arts features local artists in their studios and  galleries between 5-9pm, plus restaurants and and other venues such as Center Street Grill from 6-8pm. Michaelangelo Studios – FashionART Santa Cruz, from 6-8:30 shows off the latest fashions and their designers, while the CTV – Community Television of Santa Cruz County is hosting FREE Stand-Up Comedy and performance art installation from 5-9pm! More Deets >

First Friday, Carpinteria, CA
Every First Friday from 5-8pm is celebrated in this small beachside community south of Santa Barbara with art, entertainment and shopping!Check out the annual “Chalk The Walk” event professional artists doing chalk art on the sidewalk. Get Deets >

It’s All About Venice!