Festival 2016!

We hope you're ready for full day of fun! Be sure to tag your pics and tweets #AKF2016 and share the festival love!

We've got fantastic entertainment on four stages, three beer gardens, a giant KidsQuad section and 300+ vendors with awesome things to see, buy, eat and drink. And a few special events you don't want to miss: 

  • The Spritzr Love Lounge and Silent Disco on Santa Clara
  • Awesome Chalk Art on Westminster
  • Greenleaf Cocktails and Lemonade Patio at Santa Clara
  • Healthy Snacks and Recipes in KidsQuad
  • Tots Playtime in KidsQuad

There's something for everyone!

In the sad event that you can't join us, follow our Facebook and Twitter feeds for
live updates and live streams of some of the bands.

Enjoy! Be Safe! Don't forget your sunscreen!

 

Venice Street Art Festival joins us again!

We're thrilled to announce Street Art Projects is joining the Abbot Kinney Festival for the second year to produce a chalk art festival, Venice Street Art Festival, on Westminster Avenue at Abbot Kinney Boulevard. 

Come watch a featured professional artist create a large scale 3D anamorphic perspective painting, alongside local artists working on paintings of their own invention. The other highlight of the art festival is a community section in which children from local schools collaborate on a large-scale mandala.

Learn more about the Street Art Festival here.

 

2015 Abbot Kinney Festival Poster

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We are excited to present the 2015 Abbot Kinney Festival Poster! We love the festive design by Eric Junker - it captures the warm vibe of the festival, don't you think?

Bring a piece of the festival home with a poster! They will be available to purchase at the festival and online. One couple we know met at the Abbot Kinney Festival 13 years ago. They've been coming to the festival together ever since and every year they bring home a festival poster to add to their collection! Maybe this is the year you'll start your collection...

Eric Junker is a Los Angeles based creative thinker, designer and artist. His experience writing, teaching, playing music, camping, and surfing fuels his insights on merging artful thinking, communication, and living well. He creates brands, designs posters, paints murals, loves outdoor adventures and food, and is a frequent speaker at USC's Marshall School of Business.

 

 

AKFA Community Grants Application is Open

The Festival is organized by the Abbot Kinney Festival Association (AKFA) and is a fundraiser for the AKFA Community Grants Program.  AKFA has donated more than a quarter million dollars to the Venice community since the grants program began! 

AKFA has helped fund some fantastic projects, including an old school photography workshop at Venice Arts, a Coding is Cool workshop at Children's Lifesaving Foundation, and bringing classical music to schools with the Venice Symphony Orchestra (pictured). Check out this page for a list of past recipients and the inspiring projects they implement.

Interested in Applying for an AKFA Grant?

Your organization is eligible to apply if it's located in and serves the Venice Community and has an annual operating budget of less than $1,000,000. Click here for more information and to begin the application process. Application Deadline is August 1, 2015.

Kick off Summer with CrawFest 2015

700 lbs of Crawfish on Abbot Kinney Blvd! 

Join the Abbot Kinney Community for the 2nd Annual Craw Fest and support the AKFA Community Grants Program at the same time!

Sunday, May 24
11am to 6pm
1515 Abbot Kinney Blvd
The Brig's outdoor parking lot - transformed!

Heaps of crawfish, Andouille sausage, seasoning, and a pot - poured directly onto the table! All you can eat, including tasty jambalaya.

Beer on tap and boozy snow cones galore. Have fun with Cornhole and The Brig's very own Pétanque Court. Make a mess, get your hands dirty.
Crawfest is back!

Tickets Available Here.
$45 (until May 21)
$55 at the door

A portion of the proceeds is donated to the Abbot Kinney Festival Association Community Grants Program.

Coding is Cool!

With the support of the Abbot Kinney Festival Association, The Children's Lifesaving Foundation began a new initiative that teaches kids to code. With coding skills, students can make their own computer apps, games and websites! They're out to prove that coding and computer science can be both fun AND cool. 

#CodingIsCool is presented through CLF’s Care through College Educational Program that has been tutoring children since 2004. Their mission is to make certain that the participants succeed academically and that each child becomes ready for college, insuring a secure and successful future. (Over 45 college scholarships have been awarded to date!)

There are many volunteer opportunities with CLF! Visit their website for more information.

AKFHQ

A little peek behind the scenes..Here's where all the magic happens and a few of the magicians. That's Elisa, Kim and Donna inside "The Pod", the small but mighty Festival office space. And that's Nancy rockin' another stylin' outfit while she distributes festival cards and programs and all sorts of goodies to the local merchants. More photos coming...

 

Local Bands Lineup!

Singer-songwriter Matt Ellis (second from left) has curated (and will perform on) the locals-only Andalusia sound stage during the Abbot Kinney Festival, featuring (from left) Blue Eyed Son, Adrienne Cohen Isom and Chris Isom from Nocona, Paul Chesne, Tom Freund and Lacey Kay Cowden Photo by J.D. Narro

Singer-songwriter Matt Ellis (second from left) has curated (and will perform on) the locals-only Andalusia sound stage during the Abbot Kinney Festival, featuring (from left) Blue Eyed Son, Adrienne Cohen Isom and Chris Isom from Nocona, Paul Chesne, Tom Freund and Lacey Kay Cowden
Photo by J.D. Narro

 

The Andalusia Stage is chock full of local talent! Check out this article in the Argonaut and be introduced to some awesome musicians you'll have a chance to hear on Sunday.