In 2012, Abbot Kinney Boulevard was named “the coolest block in America” by GQ Magazine, and it has certainly lived up to that name ever since. The mile-long is an iconic stretch of Venice, lined with charming boutiques and delectable cafés that attract celebrities and LA’s hippest crowd on any day of the week.

Every year for the past 34 years, Abbot Kinney Festival celebrates Venice’s eclectic community and showcases all the character it has to offer. The longstanding summer tradition is back this year on Sunday, September 30th from 10am-6pm. The team behind it is the Abbot Kinney Festival Association, a 501(c)(3) supports community-based organizations in Venice with an emphasis on youth, community, and the arts. Abbot Kinney Festival is its largest annual fundraiser, and for its 34th year, they’re going big. This year’s #ABF2018 festivities include 350 vendors, four music stages, three beer gardens, food trucks, and more, in addition to the street’s participating brick and mortar shops.

Admission to #ABF2018 is free, making it one of LA’s most accessible culinary adventures. With the street closed off from traffic for the party, the crowd has plenty of space to eat, shop, and wander. This year’s food vendors includes a variety of cuisines like Ridges Churro Bar, Vegaron, The Poke Shack, Black Flour Crepes, and of course local favorites like Kogi BBQ and Baby’s Badass Burgers. Artisanal is the name of the game at Abbot Kinney Festival, so expect to shop for one-of-a-kind goods that you won’t find anywhere else.

For details on #AKF2018, visit for more information.

Photo by Venice Paparazzi