Category Archives: Venice Beach Events

These posts are about what’s happening in Venice Beach California!

Back to School Wellness & Heath Fair today at Oakwood Park in Venice

Assemblywoman Autumn R. Burke and Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin in conjunction with 101 Enterprises Foundation present the 62nd Assembly District’s “Back to School Wellness & Health Fair” today, Saturday Aug. 29.

It is for students and adults (ages 5+).

It will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Oakwood Park, 767 California St., Venice, CA 90291.

Join in a discussion of current legislation and issues. Receive valuable information affecting you and the community.

Speakers, Health Screenings, Children’s Activities, Refreshments & More!

For more information call (310) 412-6400.

Topless Takeover begins Tonight

A “boob juggler” will join “topless alien angels” at a carnival tonight in West Hollywood in support of the Go Topless and Free the Nipple movements.

The carnival, which offers a discounted admission price for the topless, begins a weekend of lobbying efforts which push for a women’s right to go bare-breasted in public.

At 7pm there will be a free screening of the film “Free the Nipple”. Those admitted to the event before 7pm will gain free entry, otherwise admission will be $20 or $15 for those that are “topless or with pasties.”

On Sunday the eighth annual topless march will take place on the Venice Boardwalk. A group of women,  joined by shirtless men, will walk from Navy to Windward Circle.

“We’re working toward freeing women’s nipples and obtaining equal gender topless rights that are enforced worldwide,” according to Lara Terstenjak, head of the Los Angeles branch of GoTopless, the sponsor of the event.

In a 12-2 vote on April 21st this year, the Venice Neighborhood Council said it “supports women being afforded the same rights as men to sunbathe topless.”

A statement issued by Councilmember Mike Bonin read that Bonin believed Venice had higher priorities than nipple freeing, “While I appreciate the idea and find it interesting, right now my priorities for Venice are increasing public safety and housing the homeless,” Bonin said in the statement.

Happy Birthday Tony Longo – Party Tonight!

Today friends and family of the late Tony Longo will gather to celebrate his life, and they are inviting everyone to join the party.
Yesterday Longo, the Actor and Marina del Rey local, would have turned 57.
Daughter Chloe said, “Dad was so big, he deserved two celebrations! Three! And we should have a party every year!”
From 4:00pm-7:00pm, tonight takeover Happy Hour at Mercedes Grill. Following this there will be a sunset tribute on the sand down by the pier after which the party will move back to Washington to The Terrace for food, toasts, memories, jokes.
All are welcome to come and share the love. Those who have stores about Longo, or anyone who would like to pay tribute, are invited to do so. “That’s how Tony would want it,” said friend Micky (Del Rey) Schuman. By popular request Shuman will be performing a special tribute song for Longo, one he performed at Longo’s funeral at Forrest Lawn.
Longo passed away in his sleep at his home in Marina del Ray on June 21st. His acting career spanned 30 years. His film and television credits include Mulholland Drive, Police Academy: The Series, Laverne & Shirley, and many, many more.
RSVP to the celebration via email:
Otherwise, simply show up!

Venice Art Crawl Fundraiser Dinner This Saturday

This Saturday August 15, the Venice Art Crawl will hold their first ever VAC fundraiser dinner at the home of art collector Ray Markow, adjacent to the Venice Canals.
The evening will be a celebration of all who have worked hard to keep Venice Art vibrant and will be a chance for the Venice Art community to get to know each other.
The event acknowledges the founders of the Venice Art Crawl, restaurateur Daniel Samakow, Venice Paparazzi’s, Edizen Stowell and VNC President, Mike Newhouse, with a presentation by Councilman Mike Bonin.
“This event is surely going to be one we hope to make a tradition.  We will be enjoying a dinner carefully curated by Andrea Tan with dishes inspired by Chef Alice Waters and some of our local favorite restaurants.” says VAC President, Sunny Bak.
The evening will start off with a cocktail hour on Markow’s rooftop overlooking Venice. Throughout the evening guests will enjoy art, music, and performances by local artists and there will be a silent auction.
Guests  are encouraged to dress in their most Avant Garde fashion.
Bak asks those who cannot attend but are interested in supporting Venice art to sponsor an artist who cannot afford to attend, but has contributed a great deal of time and art to the VAC.
“Your contributions help us continue fostering collaboration within Venice and reinvigorate the creativity that has historically made Venice such a vibrant and dynamic community.” says Bak
The Venice Art Crawl started five years ago as a small community event and has since grown to expose Venice artists to the world.

VIDEO: CicLAvia Shuts Down Streets from Culver City to Venice


Along streets from Culver City to Venice bicycles replaced cars for the 14th edition of CicLAvia yesterday.

Traffic in Los Angeles took on a different spin with more than 20,000 bicyclists, pedestrians, and others using non-motorized modes of transportation hit the streets.

Washington and Venice boulevards were amongst the six miles of streets along the route that were closed to cars between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Mar Vista resident Veronica said yesterday’s event was third time her family had participated in CicLAvia “I felt this was the most organized I’d seen it. It was so easy for us to ride here and get into the course.” said Veronica.

Los Angeleno Michael had said he was looking forward to hitting the bars in Venice at the end of a long day cycling.

Watch the video.