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First Fridays art walk on Abbot Kinney Blvd

3 Ratings: 4.3
A monthly art walk along the galleries on Abbot Kinney Blvd in Venice, CA

A monthly art walk, on the first Friday of each month, along Abbot Kinney Blvd.  The galleries stay open till 10 PM, and they offer some music and food.  

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A fun evening even for someone who isn't incredibly fond of art, music, walking, or Venice

  • Jul 7, 2009
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On the first Friday of each month, the art galleries on Abbot Kinney Blvd in Venice stay open till around 10 PM.  Many hire musicians and put out a bit of food, and thousands of people descend to explore the galleries and listen to some music.

I'm not a huge fan of walks, crowds of people, art, music, or even Venice (though I like all of those things except crowds).  I still had a great time.    Since you are outdoors and near the cool ocean water, the huge crowds aren't nearly as suffocating as they might be in say CostCo.   The galleries are mostly in interesting buildings, and have such a wide diversity of art that you are almost certain to find some of the work fascinating.   They frequently hire musicians, which adds to the atmosphere.   The one problem we had was finding a sit down restaraunt -- most had 1.5 to 2 hours waits.  There is plenty of food available from vendors if you don't want to sit down, but if you do, you should call ahead and make a reservation.

Parking is also a bit of a nightmare, so we parked in Santa Monica and took the #2 bus in, which worked extremely well (1.50/person round trip).

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July 23, 2009
This is awesome. I love hitting art galleries, but it's a drag to drive to downtown on week nights. This is a much better option. Thanks for the tip!
July 10, 2009
Thanks, Ari! I had forgotten all about this...part of the problem of living in LA and having so much around. I'm going to have to check it out!
July 07, 2009
I had no idea they do this in Venice. Sounds great! Great title too... i feel the same way. But did you really need to take a swipe at costco? You know how i feel about Costco ;-)  thanks Ari... good stuff!!
July 07, 2009
Sounds like a great time. Love that sort of thing. We have never been to California but hope to make it out your way someday.
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