The great thing about Venice is that there is always something to do here, whether it’s shopping, nightlife, eating at the many restaurant hotspots in the area and taking part in events that benefit the Venice community. Two venice signature events are coming up in May that benefit the community are the The Venice Garden & Home Tour, Saturday, May 4, 2013 and the Venice Art Walk on Sunday May 19, 2013.  Check out the art opening at  a new popup art gallery on Abbot Kinney and Earth Day Events!

The 20th Annual Venice Garden & Home Tour, Saturday, May 4 benefits the Neighborhood Youth Association,  providing low-income youth and their families with individualized academic support and comprehensive life skills. 

This years’ tour centers on Abbot Kinney where you will see the constantly changing, always inventive Venice lifestyle. Visit properties of  creative homeowners, artists’ studios, the homes and offices of architects and designers, and view gardens that vary from lush to minimalist pocket-gardens. Architects and landscape designers live and work in Venice because the community embraces experimentation and the use of non-traditional materials. There is also a Venice Architectural Tour on Saturday, April 27, 2013 for Sponsors. Get Tickets & Info >

The 34th Annual Venice Art Walk & Auctions on Sunday May 19 benefits the Venice Family Clinic, a community health system that provides quality care to 24,000 low-income, uninsured, and homeless families and individuals on the Westside of Los Angeles. This years’ Silent Auction takes place at Google for the second year in a row, in addition to  exclusive studio and architecture tours, silent art auction  bike tours, gallery show, special exhibitions, live entertainment & more. Get Tickets & Info >

In the meantime, there’s also fun for you in store this week in Venice!

Friday, April 19
Maui based designer Tamara Catz opened a boutique on 1144 Abbot Kinney Bl.. This Friday they will host an art reception to showcase Venice local artist Susan Haynsworth. Both Haynsworth and Argentinian designer Catz, find creative inspiration living by the sea, and in the lifestyle of Venice, CA and Maui, HI. Join them for a drink provided by Big Sky Brewing Co and save 15% on the TC collection! Tamara Catz Boutique, 1144 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Venice, CA 90291 6:00 – 9:00pm.

Green Events | Earth Day April 18 – 21
In celebration of Earth Day, we have a special section on related events in Venice and Mar Vista.  The AKFF Blog will add more events next week so stop back.

Thursday, April 18
LA Green Drinks at G2 Gallery, green mixer, celebrating the environment and art, suggested donation $10, 7:00 – 10:00pm.
1503 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Venice, CA 90291

Friday, April 19
Free streaming of the Director’s cut of the film: Mother: Caring for 7 Billion through the end of May.  See the film >

Saturday, April 20
The 6th annual Mar Vista Green Garden Tour starts at 3635 Grand View Blvd with tours, presentations and more from 10:00am – 4:00pm Get info >

Sunday, April 21
CicLAvia: bike to the beach without traffic from Downtown LA: Venice Bl at Figueroa – to Ocean Front Walk in Venice. Traffic will be closed to cars on this route… cool! Venice Boulevard from Figueroa in Downtown LA to Ocean Front Walk in Venice, 8:00am – 3:00pm. Get info >

Get biking and check out all the cool events without having to worry about finding parking!

It’s All About Venice!