From the Vault: Venice Celebrity Event Photos

From the Vault: Venice Celebrity Event Photos

It’s the LAST FRIDAY of the month and we’re still waiting for Covid to get out of our lives! It also means that First Fridays, aka 1st Friday, Venice First Fridays is closed until further notice… While that’s a bummer, here’s something that hopefully will cheer you up!

Celeb photos from our vault: including events in Venice, Santa Monica and Los Angeles that have been featured in our blog posts over the years, plus a few from the vault that have never been seen before today!

You’ll see photos from events like: the Venice sign lighting that includes celebrities like Pink, Robert Downey Jr, Mark Lennon and the band Venice, Councilman Bill Rosendahl, Councilman Mike Bonin, local bands and musicians such as Suzy Williams, The Gumbo Brothers  and Miss Jessica.

Plus you also see photos of skateboarding icon Tony Alva with his band, His Eyes Have Fangs and with local mural artist Robert Vargas at the Kinney Hotel event commemorating Robert’s mural of Tony on the side of the hotel. Music icon Norwood Fisher from Fishbone  is seen in an interview with Gerry Fialka.

C’mon back for more photos! Our Editor is digging in the archives for more goodies to show you!

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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 >


LA Startup Week November 16-20, 2015

LA Startup Week November 16-20, 2015

LA-Startup-WeekLos Angeles has the fastest growing startup scene in the US! The startup scene sprouted from Silicon Beach, namely Venice and Santa Monica and expanded to Marina del Rey,  Playa Vista and El Segundo areas. The tech/startup scene also exploded in Downtown LA and has spread to Hollywood and Pasadena.


The week brings a host of free events from #DTLA to #SantaMonica.  LA Startup Week is described on it’s website as “One week of events to celebrate, recognize and engage the entrepreneurs in our city.”

It also lists stats such as: Incubators & Accelerators at 59 total and Coworking spaces at 38, which seems to be a low number based on how fast coworking spaces have proliferated in the past year alone. It  lists a total of 876 startups which sounds vastly underestimated, considering the number of startup conferences the #AKFFblog reports on, daily contact with startups at the coworking space our office is located in, NextSpace Venice Beach, startup related events attended and more.

While it’s unclear how that number was arrived at, it could use a 1 in front of the number. This Editor’s opinion is that there are thousands of startups in LA! Regardless of number, there are plenty of panels and events that focus on  LA Startups this week!



Start Your Labor Day Weekend at First Fridays Venice: September 4, 2015

Start Your Labor Day Weekend at First Fridays Venice: September 4, 2015

Kickoff your Labor Day Weekend Abbot Kinney First Fridays, this Friday, September 4, 2015 from 6 – 10pm in Venice on
Abbot Kinney Blvd! The #AKFF has some Special Deals & #Freebies, #AKFFContest is back, Special Launch Preview Announcement & more! Scroll Down to get the Scoop!

#AKFFSpecials  & #Freebies:

Move Loot LA sells your furniture + picks it upHave you heard of Move Loot? If you haven’t yet, you will now! Move Loot will be stationed in front of The Other Room at First Fridays and will be giving out freebies to ya like tote bags and keychains – cool! 

Move Loot is a curated, full-service online marketplace for buying and selling previously-owned furniture and decor.  Move Loot takes the burden off sellers by picking up their goods and selling them on their behalf. Their service includes professional photography, storage and next-day delivery to the buyer.

Move Loot has a Special Deal for #AKFFBlog followers: 
Take 15% off YOUR  initial purchase with MOVE LOOT! PROMO CODE: AKFF15

The Other Room Abbot Kinney Bars #AKFFThe Other Room is a Venice institution known as the place for a great selection of cold brews  and growing wine list with two giant windows that open up to Abbot Kinney for a view of all the haps on the boulevard!

It’s hot out there and we recommend the tasty Santa Monica Brewery wheat beer – it’s light and refreshing! The Other Room is at the corner of San Juan at 1201 Abbot Kinney Blvd.




Special Launch Preview – AKFF VIP Club

AKFF VIP Club Logo Copyright 2015You saw it here FIRST on the AKFF BLOG! This fall the AKFF is launching an EXCLUSIVE MEMBERS ONLY CLUB where you can access Special Deals, VIP Event Access and freebies! AKFF VIP Club Members Only will have access to these Special Offers from our Partner Companies in Venice, which will include a selection of restaurants, retail coworking spaces and more.

Be the FIRST to Find Out when the AKFF VIP Club Launches – Join our list–Click Here!



#AKFFContest – Win 2 Tickets Live Music at G2 on 1st Fridays

WIN TICKETS: G2-Honey Whiskey Trio + Miro SpragueWant to catch some live music on First Fridays? Of course you do! When we saw the Jonathan Rowden Group perform at the G2 Gallery it was a standing room only crowd for Tear it Down. This month, Tear it Down features: Miro Sprague and the Honey Whiskey Trio. Show: 8pm
Tickets: $15 student, $20 general.
Purchase Presale Tickets for Live Music at G2 Gallery: $10 student $15 general

Win Tickets from #AKFF: Be the FIRST to REPLY TO THIS BLOG POST and tell us why you love 1st Fridays. It’s easy peasy so get those fingers typing!

First Fridays FAQ

Abbot Kinney First Fridays is on Friday, September 4, 2015 from 6 – 10pm, PST in Venice on Abbot Kinney Blvd. Mostly Between Venice blvd. & Westminster (both are at lights).

There are 20+ Food Trucks with lotsa options for eating that change monthly on Abbot Kinney Blvd.  There are additional food trucks on side streets – tho not every First Fridays.
Plus 6-8 trucks at The Brig parking lot. Kogi is a staple there.

See our Post on Top 5 Food Truck Picks >

Park Early and avoid Abbot Kinney Blvd since traffic backs up. There are a few valet parking lots: usually at Navarre Ct (alley nr California) also at Electric Lodge, (behind Abbot Kinney on Electric Av).

We will keep updating this post as we get NEW info so Visit Again!

Grab This Special While it’s HOT: from MyTable

mytable-first-fridays-promo-august2015MyTable curates local independent chefs to provide home cooked dinners for hiungry people that like deliciousness!

Get a FREE Meal when you order from the MyTable app!  Try the Fiesta Salmon, it’s divine! Menus changeup daily. Available in Venice, Santa Monica and Mar Vista on weekdays.

Download the MyTable app on Android or iPhone, view the menu with dishes prepared fresh daily by the chefs and order using Promo Code: FirstFridays. There is a $4.99 delivery charge.



First Fridays Venice: September 4, 2015

First Fridays Venice: September 4, 2015

It’s time for another episode of Abbot Kinney First Fridays, this Friday, September 4, 2015 from 6 – 10pm, PST in Venice on
Abbot Kinney Blvd! Yes, the “coolest boulevard in America” according to GQ – of course, you already know that.

  •  The #AKFF Blog Team is busy working on our #1stFridays post and will have it later this afternoon – we promise!

  • #FirstFridays PREVIEW:  #AKFFCONTEST is back – WIN 2 Concert Tickets,  AKFF Launching something new this fall, get some freebies and more! So come on back y’all!