Venice has long been a destination for Southern California locals and tourists alike. Many have visited but not all have explored the many secrets and traditions that characterize this little beach community. One such tradition is First Fridays, held on the first Friday of every month where the unique collection of businesses along Abbot Kinney Boulevard stay open late. As you stroll down the sidewalk, there are art galleries, eclectic boutiques, and trendy restaurants filled with lively crowds.
First Fridays is an excellent way for Venice locals and others to get to know shop owners in a festive and gracious atmosphere. The street is named after the founder of Venice California, Abbot Kinney, who wanted to create Venice as a cultural center and modeled the city after Venice, Italy over a century ago. Now Abbot Kinney Boulevard is the go-to place for late night dining, cool bars, and independent shops with an attitude.
A big part of the event are the food trucks. You will see them parked along the street. These trucks serve great gourmet food at great prices and are not to be mistaken for the catering trucks you see at construction sites. There is a truck from the Border Grill as well as the Gastrobus, which serves a delicious pulled pork sandwich along with other tasty dishes.
There is plenty of good entertainment with many stores and galleries hosting live bands. Not only do you hear great music, but many of the establishments also serve free snacks. Make sure to add First Fridays to your social calendar for a friendly and entertaining evening on Abbot Kinney in Venice.
WHAT: First Friday’s at Venice
WHEN: First Friday of each month | 6:00 pm – 2:00 am
WHERE: Abbot Kinney Boulevard | Venice, CA 90291
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