Over the past 26 years, the Abbot Kinney Festival has grown in size and popularity to become one of the largest community events of its kind in Southern California, attracting attendees throughout the region who are environmentally conscious, health-focused, arts-minded, and community-oriented. Its extensive selection of handcrafted items complements an eclectic mix of over 110 boutique stores, restaurants, salons, nightclubs, eco-friendly businesses, and art galleries along the famed one-mile shopping district of Abbot Kinney Blvd.
In addition to live music, gourmet food trucks, bike valet stations, and beer gardens, this year’s festival features the following:
- KidsQuad: Included are healthy snack creations by Piccolo Chef, children’s gardening by Little Saplings, jewelry making by Ecommunity Arts, exotic wildlife mobile exhibit by STAR ECO Station, and a performance/activity area just for toddlers called Tot Lot.
- The Food Rendezvous: This gathering of food lovers features tastings, demos, displays, and talks by local artisans, chefs, farmers, and food writers.
The purpose of the Abbot Kinney Festival is to promote the vibrant creativity that makes the beachside community of Venice, California so unique. The event is organized and produced by the Abbot Kinney Festival Association (AKFA), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1984, whose primary goal is to raise funds to reinvest back into the community to support youth and families.