Category Archives: Venice Beach Events

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Classic Car Show Today

Badge of Heart Charity Car Show Tomorrow

10:09am – Updated Saturday, October 3rd

The LAPD’s Ahmanson Recruit Training Center will play host to a Classic Car Show Today.

The car show will benefit the Venice charity Badge of Heart.

A number of classic cars will be on display joined by perhaps the best vehicles of all, specialty food trucks!

The event runs from 11am-4pm at the LAPD’s Ahmanson Recruit Training Center, 5651 W. Manchester Ave., Los Angeles.

Anyone interested in showing off their classics can for just $25 a car and all donations are a tax deduction.

Officer Ken Lew founder of Badge of Heart

Badge of Heart is a local Venice charity that sees the officers of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Pacific Division partnering with the Westside community to provide relief to those victimized by crime and family hardship.

Read more about the charity  that was set up by Officer Ken Lew of LAPD Pacific Division here.

The Other Venice Film Festival


Tickets are now available for the series of screenings, including the opening night, of The Other Venice Film Festival. The festival runs next weekend October 9-11, 2015 at Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Other Venice Film Festival 2015Blvd., Venice.

Now in it’s 12 year the opening night premier will feature the short film 1%ers starring actresses, Rie Rasmussen, and Michelle Rodrieguez from the Fast & Furious franchise and TV series Lost.

Join the festival’s Facebook page for screening and event details.

Get tickets here.

The Festival Off Abbot Kinney


This Sunday in Venice the street festivals take over.  From 10 am-6pm the street GQ Magazine crowned the “Coolest block in America” back in 2012 will shut down for the 31st annual Abbot Kinney Festival.

While down the road, from 12 noon until 6pm, General Admission will hold their own mini festival in their car park at 52 Brooks Ave.

The Off AK Street Fair will feature local businesses such as Juice Served Here, Lone Wolfs, and Big Red Sun.

Chef Nick Liberato from the Whaler
Chef Nick Liberato from the Venice Whaler

Food-wise, Chef Nick Liberato from the Whaler will host an African influenced BBQ, and House Beer have donated beers.

All money raised from the BBQ and part proceeds from all stores displaying on the day will go to local non-profit Heal the Bay.

“The day is in honor of all the people and stores that make Venice the wonderful city it it,” say event organizers.


Beyond Baroque to Host 100 Thousand Poets for Change

The 5th annual 100 Thousand Poets for Change event will happen today at Beyond Baroque from 10am – 2pm, with poetry readings continuing throughout the afternoon until 8pm.

100 Thousand Poets For Change
100 Thousand Poets For Change event at Beyond Baroque

The event runs in partnership with the 100TPC world movement, that sees multiple simultaneous poetry reading events held throughout the world. Uniting poets across the globe to bring peace, sustainability, and change to our communities. 

“We have all become incredibly alienated in recent years. We hardly know our neighbors down the street let alone our creative allies who live and share our concerns in other countries. We need to feel this kind of global solidarity. It will be empowering,” say organizers of the global event.

Beyond Baroque is at 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, next to SPARC and the Venice Fire Station.

300 Vendors Lined Up For Abbot Kinney Festival This Sunday

Venice, get ready to party! It’s on again – the Abbot Kinney Festival is taking over the street. Abbot Kinney Blvd. shuts down traffic and opens up to those ready to join all the fun of a mile-long street party Sunday, Sept. 27 from 10 am-6 pm.

The festival is a free event that gives back to the community.

“Yes it’s a big party, but it’s more than that,” said Donna Humphrey, chair of the Abbot Kinney Festival Association, the non-profit group that produces the festival each year. “Any money spent at the festival goes directly back to the community to support Venice-based, non-profit organizations. Primarily those that support the youth community and the arts,” Humphrey said.

Ticket sales for any of the three beer gardens help raise money “that goes directly back into the Venice community in the form of grants,” Humphrey said. As does money raised at the always-popular Kid’s Quad, a family friendly zone featuring rides, games, and activities at Westminster Elementary.

Some of this year’s grant recipients include Venice High School’s STEMM Magnet, Venice Arts, and the Children’s Lifesaving Foundation.

Now in it’s 31st year, the Abbot Kinney Festival has always attracted a large mix of vendors. This year there will be over 300 vendors joining the food trucks and booths that will line the street.

The Boulevard’s eclectic boutiques, artisan eateries, and influential art galleries infuse the festival with a local flavor capturing the artistic Venice vibe.

This year Beyond Baroque will host the spoken word stage. Plus, there will be three music stages: the Andalusia “Locals” stage presented by Matt Ellis, the Broadway Stage presented by Beacon Street Studios, and at the Brig’s Palms Stage with DJ’s spinning all day.

At 2pm on the Andalusia Stage Councilmember Mike Bonin will present Spirit of Venice Awards.

“At this year’s awards, we will honor Sue Kaplan, Edizen Stowell, Cecilia Castillo, and Challis MacPherson. They are all people who have all made a positive impact on the Venice community,” Humphrey said.

Also, Street Art Projects will join the Abbot Kinney Festival for a second year to produce a chalk art festival – the Venice Street Art Festival – on Abbot Kinney Blvd. at Westminster Ave..

Street Art Projects is a grassroots Venice-based initiative for art in public places. The Street Art Festival is a contemporary version of the historic Italian tradition of the “Madonnari” where traveling artists would redraw the great works of the renaissance masters on city streets. At this year’s Abbot Kinney Festival a number of contemporary artists will be creating original chalk drawings.

While there will be valet parking available at points along Electric Ave. and one on Venice Blvd., arguable the most Venice-like way to enjoy the day is to ride a bike. There will be two bike valet locations, one at Venice and Abbot Kinney Blvds., the other at Abbot Kinney and Main St.

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