For the Love of First Fridays, Food & Fun!

For the Love of First Fridays, Food & Fun!

CREPES on AbbotAs July brings the heat, Abbot Kinney brings the food!! We had so much fun at the last First Fridays on July 6th, and we bet you did too!

Abbot Kinney First Fridays Happy Customer

As we progress into the summer, we have something new and exciting to share with you all! We are now on Patreon! This is extremely exciting for us, and we would love to have your support! Patreon allows us to grow and prosper, giving you better intel and quality posts about all there is to know about the Los Angeles Area food scene, culture, and entertainment!

Abbot Kinney First Fridays does not receive monetary benefit and by using the Patreon platform, we can raise money. We’re offering perks that give a flavor of our VIP Club, in addition to the complete First Fridays food truck list. Our blog will only give a preview of the food truck lineup, however for  a $1 you can have it all and support us!
Check us out! >> AKFF ON PATREON! 

Abbot Kinney Bl Palm TreesPS- Don’t forget- our Patreon subscriber Patrons get our complete Westside Summer Concert Guide with a slew of FREE summer concert series in Marina del Rey, Culver City, Santa Monica, Playa Vista and more! 

Get our Westside Summer Concert Guide

Have you heard about the summer concerts in the Westside? AKFF has some news for you!

There are a ton of live music shows that are FREE! Perfect plans for a group of friends, or for solo adventures!

The Summer Concert Guide can be found on our Patreon page @ Summer Concert Guide 2018! Scope out this amazing list of great music to definitely check out.





First Fridays is this Friday, April 1, 2016

First Fridays is this Friday, April 1, 2016

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1st Fridays 030416 AKFF Falasophy samples

This is the ABBOT KINNEY FIRST FRIDAYS SHORT SCOOP  on the monthly First Fridays event in Venice, CA that we popularized on our blog since 08′ (and that’s no April Fools joke)!  Feature post coming later week!

First Fridays Scoop
Get the flavor of First Fridays from our most recent post to get an idea of how many food trucks are there, hours etc while we are working on our FAQ page. Hint – scroll down. First Fridays FAQ >

1st Fridays March 4, 2016 AKFF hearts Border Grill

Food Trucks
You love them or perhaps you own a food truck. AKFF has a page for both of you to get the basic deets on the food truck bonanza that takes place every month on Abbot Kinney Bl.
1st Fridays Food Truck Scoop >
Fave Food Trucks
Last year the4 AKFF Team, including our fabulous Interns from Loyola Marymount University compiled a list of our Top 5 Food Trucks. Find Out  Our Top 5 Food Truck Picks >
Instagram-Contest-FoodTrucks-Abbot-Kinney-0304161st Fridays Contest Winners
We sponsored a contest (we do them every few months) last month on Instagram with prizes from NextSpace Venice Beach and Equinox Gym in Santa Monica. See Winning Contest Photos >
Abbot Kinney Map
You asked for it and we got it on our website! The Abbot Kinney Bl map to make it easier to find your way around the famous boulevard. See Abbot Kinney Bl Map >


Abbot Kinney First Fridays & Venice Sign Lighting on December 4, 2015

Abbot Kinney First Fridays & Venice Sign Lighting on December 4, 2015

1stfridays-eat-woodys-foodtruckIt’s a Double Dose of Holiday Events in Venice on the same night! The LAST First Friday of 2015 takes place front and center from 6-10pm and the Venice Sign Lighting starts at 6:15pm. Check out both within walking distance! Just Added Food Trucks!

First Friday– December 4, 2015 6-10pm
It’s your last chance to check out 1st Fridays so head on over to Abbot Kinney Blvd between Venice Blvd and Westminster Ave for food trucks, shopping, popup store openings plus the bar and restaurant scene.

First Fridays Popup Merican MadeThe newest popup on the scene, Merican Made opens with a bang! There’s an opening party (rsvp only-see below), photo booth and boatloads of cool new apparel and accessories by Aptemal Clothing, Graphic Anthology, Androgyny, Chocolate and Steel and  Kahoy Kollection to name a few. The popup is inside Milkmade, 1413 Abbot Kinney Blvd, a retail store that’s been around for awhile as far as Abbot Kinney goes.

First Fridays Venice Merican Made PopupMerican Made will be serving small bites and drinks while a DJ spins some tunes from 6-9. Wags and Walks, a local dog rescue and one of the beneficiaries of our pop up, will have a kissing booth.  A donation will get you a smooch from a cute and adoptable pup! Also featuring a photography exhibit by Tim Langridge, a Venice local. The store is closer to the Venice end of the boulevard, fyi.

Free, but you MUST RSVP at this special link to attend the party!

shop-L.Angeles at First Fridays More NEW places to Shop & Eat on Abbot Kinney Boulevard!

Last month we checked out more new stores and popups galore! A few of our picks here. L.Angels is a new boutique by a Venice Local has an eclectic mix of accessories, apparel and gift items. It’s a little way down from Merican Made & Milkmade heading west on the same side of the street.

Shop-John-Fluevog-Shoes-01Next door, you will encounter some of the coolest shoes ever at John Fluevog. We loved the shoe boots that harken back to the 80’s and the lovely turquoise collection of shoes.  As you continue down the street you’ll see the regulars, as in shops that have been there for 5 years or more, such as Alternative, featuring soft, comfy clothing made from organic fabric – open til 7pm. Keep walking and  you’ll reach The Other Room, a bar on AK for 10 years with lotsa brews.

shop-vnyl-on Abbot Kinney for vinylCross the street and you’ll see VNYL, the new record store on Abbot Kinney that actually has vinyl and a subscription related service. They’re usually spinning some tunes on First Fridays and sometimes host fun events.

Keep on walking, oh yeah, and eating. There’s plenty of food trucks to choose from while you’re at it.
See a recent post for our food truck & First Fridays faq.

eat-bluestar-donuts Abbot KinneyLast month, we found a new doughnut and coffee shop that’s open til midnight, (as you continue walking from VNYL toward Venice)! There was a line there and apparently good reason for it!  It’s Blue Star Donut and Coffee. A friend told us the raspberry doughnut was the best effing doughnut ever!  The AKFF team is sure to try one soon!

shop-5points-popup-abbot-kinney-bl-first-fridaysKeep walking and eventually you’ll get to 5 Points in its new popup location, close to Palms. They  are leading a new creative trend  on Abbot Kinney with cool classes you can take to make things. Check out the drawing bar on First Friday and  get your creativity on! Abbot Kinney First Fridays has more to offer than food trucks, so put on your walking shoes! Walk to this next event…

Just Added: Party at 1st Fridays on Abbot Kinney Boulevard!

Cuyana Popoup crowd on Abbot KinneyCuyana made its debut this summer on Abbot Kinney in its popup location at 1140 Abbot Kinney Blvd and they are back in the same location permananently and celebrating  with a Re-Opening Party at 1st Fridays!

Local caterer Plant Food & Wine will be catering our event and California based Perfumery and shoppers have the chance to receive a gift from By Rosie Jane. Cuyana features beautiful women’s apparel and accessories.

Food Trucks at 1st Fridays – Just Added!

Piaggio on Wheels, The Lobos Truck, Pizza & Co, Richeeze, Paninissimo, Komodo truck, Waffles de Liege, Rolln Lobster, Street Kitchen LA, SteamyBunTruck, Burnt to a Crisp Texas Smokehouse, Comet BBQ, The Pudding Truck, Sabores de Mexico, Tender Grill Gourmet Brazilian Kitchen, Salt & Straw, Sanook Soi 88, Sweet Amsterdam, L.A. Wing Co, Middle Feats, Swamis Sandwiches, Chunk-n-Chip, Sweet E’s Bakeshop, Wings N Waffles, Pirozhki LA.


The 4th Annual Venice Sign Lighting!


Venice-Sign-Lighting-VSO-Poster-640pxThis new Venice tradition  starts at 6:15 with booths from various businesses, a toy drive and music by the VSO, Venice Symphony Orchestra! This is a fun event that the AKFF Blog loves attending!

The VSO features 30 musicians playing instruments ranging from electric guitar to violins and trumpets, playing it Venice style, while performing  holiday favorites and VSO standards. Each year, there is a special celebrity guest (identity kept secret until the event) with the first one featuring Robert Downey, Jr. and the last one featuring Pink to help flip the giant switch to turn the Venice Sign into a Christmas theme coloring of red and green! Pink at the Venice Sign Lighting 2014The actual sign lighting is slated for 8pm, so make sure to get over to Windward Av at Pacific, where the block will be shutdown to traffic. Just look for there crowd there. See our Venice and Santa Monica Holiday Events Post for more details on the Venice Sign Lighting and the Montana Ave Stroll on the same night and more!  

Are You Ready for First Fridays?  Friday, June 5 on Abbot Kinney in Venice!

Are You Ready for First Fridays? Friday, June 5 on Abbot Kinney in Venice!

The AKFF Blog is here to help you get in gear for First Fridays with EXCLUSIVE OFFERS &  A GIVEWAY! Take advantage of our Beauty/Skincare Offers before the big day- see Epithereal Skincare & Turning Point Pilates. PLUS WIN Concert Tickets !

EXCLUSIVE OFFERS from Epithereal Skincare

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Mask your way to hydration!  Try this quick simple way to nourish your dull, tired skin.  Express Facial for only $60.00 – includes deep cleansing and a  luxurious application of skin soothing TNS Growth Factor Mask.  (total therapy takes 35 mins)

You Must Mention  the AKFF Blog to get the Specials!

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EXCLUSIVE OFFERS from Turning Point Pilates


Turning-Point-Pilates-pilates-men-veniceDrop it Like it’s Hot for 1st Fridays!

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1st class $15 

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Art Opening

1st Fridays-art-sovak-galleryIntroducing two truly dynamic and talented women, Bridget Griggs and Joanna Garel in their debut art opening on Abbot Kinney at Sovak Gallery. Featuring Griggs vibrant “Infinity” series on one side of the space and Garel’s playful Socal iconic images on the other side are sure to make a splash at this new gallery! 7-10pm 1731 Abbot Kinney Blvd, just south of Venice Blvd.


Win 2 Concert Tickets for Jon Rowden Group at G2 Gallery

1st Fridays-Live MusicThis is super easy to win- simply REPLY TO THIS POST with ” I LOVE THE AKFF BLOG!”
First person to do so wins the concert tickets! Make sure you can attend the performance on First Friday at 8pm at the G2 Gallery.

The G2 Gallery and Tear It Down Los Angeles | Orange County (TiD) present Genevieve Artadi and Jon Rowden Group. TiD is an artistic community of musicians showcasing modern-creative, progressive, forward-thinking and genre-blurring music. It is partnering with The G2 Gallery for its debut showcase. 8-11:30pm 1503 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Venice, CA 90291
CONGRATULATIONS to our Winner of 2 Tickets, Amy Gordon! Enjoy the Show!
 You can go too: Tickets are $15.00 in advance or $20.00 at the door. Get Tickets.


Live Performance

1st Fridays-Free Performance Electric LodgeHigh Voltage is Electric Lodge’s FREE Performance/Happening late night series in its third year at First Fridays. The AKFF Blog is a proud Media Sponsor of the series.

This month’s featured artists are Orit Arfa, Mitsu Salmon and Sharna Fabiano. Orit Arfa brings her novel, The Settler, to life through music inspired by the heroine’s musical search for herself after she loses her home. Highways, by Mitsu Salmon is an evening length piece which incorporates electronic music, storytelling, vocals, movement and drawing. The End of the Night, by Sharna Fabiano, is inspired by the elegance of Buenos Aires tango clubs and offers a glimpse into the imaginations of three would-be tango divas.
9pm 1416 Electric Ave, Venice, California 90291


Food Truck CorralFood Trucks & Shopping

Food Trucks are the monster hit of 1st Fridays! There are about 20 to choose from, so you’re sure to find something to eat! Plus, there are some  restaurants on the coolest boulevard – and bars too when you want to quench your thirst!

Food trucks are assigned spots on Abbot Kinney Bl between Palms and Westminster. Check us out  on Twitter @AbbotKinney1st since most food trucks at 1st Fridays post there.


Shopping on Abbot Kinney is also a fun option – stores are open late, some have specials too, so check it out! The AKFF team had fun checking out Tumbleweed & Dandelion last month, Ruti, Will Leather and more!  We l0ve it when you post your First Friday pics on  the AKFF Facebook page!


Free Photos from the Selfie Truck

Selfie Truck Love-AKFFThe Selfie Truck was at last month’s event and will return this month. Look for the truck with the big blue heart and say you saw it on our blog! Get your photos right there at 1st Fridays! Cool!

First Fridays Exclusive Photos: March 6, 2015 1st Fridays on Abbot Kinney Bl

First Fridays Exclusive Photos: March 6, 2015 1st Fridays on Abbot Kinney Bl

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Abbot Kinney First Fridays most recently dropped the bomb of eating, shopping and playing on Abbot Kinney Boulevard on Friday, March 6, 2015!

The AKFF Blog (aka Abbot Kinney First Fridays Official Website) was there on the scene and shot photos at Velvet, Ruti, Wylie Wilson, Ananda, Heavenly Couture and the launch of Me Undies. Plus photos of the new Food Truck courtyards on Palms and Santa Clara Ave., side streets off of Abbot Kinney, closed to serve lotsa hungry peeps; that in addition to THE boulevard, yes, you know the name with  Nitropod and a host of others. There was also the outdoor market with jewelry; we loved Lisa’s booth – see the slideshow.

The market was a bit smaller as part of the space was used for the concert with Crown Mob under an outdoor tent. The AKFF gives a BIG UNLIKE to the band’s personnel at the door, who hassled us when we came to shoot some pics. Actually there was one person who was quite be-atchy! Really!