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Summer never ends at Abbot Kinney First Fridays!
Come check out our full list of food trucks and insider deets on our new Subscriber site. Every food truck attending this Friday’s event is listed here in alphabetical order by street names so you can easily find your favorite vendor!
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And don’t forget to make a stop THIS Friday for the best local eats including: The Pink Taco Truck on Venice and California and Astro Doughnuts and Fried Chicken on Palms!
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SPECIAL EVENTS JUST ADDED 10-03-18
Collaborcate!™: An Evening of Collaborations Through Improv
BlankSpaces Coworking in Culver City
Thursday, October 8, 6:45
Whether you’re an Entrepreneur or Business Exec, – you will experience what it takes to have awesome outrageous collaborations which are quick, productive and even fun, through generous and respectful communications, while quickly creating BIG BOLD solutions far beyond what you thought possible. Be ready to engage and play!
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The Other Venice Film Festival
Beyond Baroque in Venice
Friday – Sunday, October 5-7
This annual film festival started and curated by Venice Locals shows the best in cutting edge indie fils and music!
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Use the hashtag #AKFF to share your your photos of your delicious food with us! We can’t wait to see your pics!
Food Truck Lineup on Abbot Kinney
Palms – California
Boba Tea & Me
Frach’s Fried Ice Cream
Mapuche Native Argentinian Food
My Delight Truck
Word of Mouth Truck
California – Santa Clara
A Beautiful Life Jamaican Food Truck
Mess Hall Canteen
Pink Taco Truck
Rice Balls of Fire
Stop Bye Cafe
The Fix on Wheels
The Original Grilled Cheese Truck
Best Food Truck Event:
Abbot Kinney First Fridays Wins Award Again from the Voters!
Published in the Argonaut Newspaper. Thanks for your voting this iconic event in Venice!
See below for something new for you from Abbot Kinney First Fridays!
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Santa Clara – San Juan
Baby’s Bad Ass Burgers
Street Kitchen LA
Cousins Maine Lobster
Sanook Soi 38
SoCal Caribbean Halal Food
San Juan – Westminster
Ridges Churros Bar
The Brig Parking Lot
Baby’s Badass BBQ
More Events on First Fridays:
High Voltage at Electric Lodge: This is a must see show! High Voltage consists of an array of performing artists and dancers aimed at making the audience feel that jolt of excitement! Hosted by associate artistic director Josh Berkowitz, each ticket is only $10 that’s a steal for this quality of entertainment! Head on over early, since show starts prompt at 9 and so you get a parking spot or valet park it..
Snapchat Protest: While many of you love the app, the Venice neighborhood is not loving how Snap has taken over the neighborhood, resulting in many businesses losing their spaces and residents as well, in addition to overzealous security guards.
Abbot Kinney and Brooks (west end, closest to beach).
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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 >
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 >
1st 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 >
It’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.
The 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.
Merican 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!
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.
Next 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.
Cross 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.
Last 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!
Keep 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 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!
This 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! The 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!
Heading down to Abbot Kinney to enjoy some quick and tasty eats? Take our word for it and try one, two, or all five of our AKFF favorites. First Fridays is July 3, 2015!
1. Kogi BBQ
Ever wonder what would happen if a Mexican Food Truck and Korean Food Truck had a baby? If the curiosity is killing you, try Kogi BBQ. Often spotted in the parking lot of The Brig, the famous Korean taco truck draws attention from every street corner. Fan favorite? Spicy pork burrito. Wet. This hunk of spice and savory will send you right back in line.
2. South Philly Experience
This food truck is literally dripping with South Philly flavor in the heart of Venice. Choose your cheesesteak “wit” or “witout” onions. Our advice? Buffalo Steak “wit.” Every time. Go the full nine yards and order a side of fries topped with crabmeat.
3. The Grilled Cheese Truck
Take a break from your juice cleanse and indulge in cheesy goodness. If you’re looking for a combination of comfort-food and sassy fusions, the grilled cheese truck may be your foodie soulmate. Keep it classic with a plain and simple with a cup of tomato soup. Craving sophistication? Try the cheesy mac: fully loaded. Nothing says posh like BBQ pork and caramelized onions drowning in sharp cheddar.
4. Angie’s Wieners
These are no basic hot dogs with a side of ketchup. Angie’s Wiener’s is a force to be reckoned with and well-worth fighting tooth and nail to get your order in. Once you get to the front of the line… Lights. Camera. Action! Nothing makes you feel like a Hollywood superstar like Angie’s menu. Choose from “The Producer,” “The Director,” “The Diva,” and many more.
Grow some bowls and try this delicious and nutritious gem at AKFF. Amazebowls is a diamond in the rough for all you trendy health nuts. What more could you ask for? Bright acai paired with crunchy granola and an assortment of fruits will leave you satisfied and guilt-free.