Venice starts the year with: The  Venice Film Festival and Abbot Kinney First Fridays. See our previous posts below for Special Deals & Featured Venice businesses!

Abbot Kinney 1st Friday Friday, January 6, 6-10pm, Free Admission

Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice CA (from Venice Blvd. to Westminster)

Just Added:
Cirque de Soleil!
To celebrate 25 years of performing in Los Angeles, Cirque is bringing the Cirque du Soliel Truck to Venice for Abbot Kinney 1st Fridays! Customers that visit the Truck will receive FREE SWAG and receive an exclusive offer on tickets for both OVO (Santa Monica Pier) and IRIS (Kodak Theatre). Make sure to say you heard about it on the AK BLOG! THANKS!

Altered Space Gallery 
Store-wide sale on EVERYTHING in the gallery, with most items marked down 10-20%, and even 25% in some cases.  open from 12-9pm.
1221 Abbot Kinney Boulevard

They always have something happening at their store on 1st Friday. Look for the red awning with cool clothes and shoes, step right in, check out their fab merchandise and come on down to the back patio for s’mores and more…  open til 11ish, sometimes later… 1507 Abbot Kinney Blvd.

PS Food trucks please respect the local businesses and our neighborhood!

Legendary Peter Demian photo: Margaret Molloy
Venice Film Fest

January 5, 6-10pm, Beyond Baroque
681 Venice Blvd., Free Admission

Colorful history of films made in Venice CA, in this 9th Aannual festival and celebration of theotherwordly happenings at the legendary Venice West Gallery (birthplace of the Beats), aka Sponto Gallery with live performances in front of ultra rare Venice films. Experience the essence of Spontofication Rituals in art,music, poetry and the freedom of creativity from 7 Dudley Cinema. Check out the Legendary Peter Demian who will perform at 8pm on Thursday.

Eric Ahlberg & Alfred Johnson (from left)

6pm- Rare Dr Video film of jazz at the Comeback Inn
6:20- Black Shoe Polish live music with Rich Mann’s rare Venice film NORTH BEACH 90291 (1970-85)
7- Mary Jane’s Beachhead Oct 2, 1988 film with Arnold Springer, Emily Winters, Phil Chamberlin, Carol Fondiller and more in lively discussions that delve deep into timely issues that still concern Venetians.
8- Legendary Peter Demian performs  live music with rare Mary Jane film of 1988 Venice scenes
8:40- Linda Albertano live poetry with rare Sponto films
9:15- Alfred Johnson live music with rare Sponto films

It’s All About Venice!