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!