ABBOT KINNEY FESTIVAL
Since its founding in 1984, the Abbot Kinney Festival has grown in size and popularity to become one of the largest community events of its kind in the country. Each year, it attracts 150,000+ eco-conscious urban singles, couples, and families to the sunny beachside community of Venice on the last Sunday in September.
In addition to giving back to the community, the festival is best known for its unique array of local artisan crafts, live music, good food, and commitment to the environment. Activities and areas are designed to complement the eclectic, cutting-edge mix of over 100 boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, bookstores, design firms, coffee shops, clubs, salons, and much more along the famed bohemian-chic shopping district of Abbot Kinney Blvd., which stretches one mile from Venice Blvd. to Main St.
The festival includes special gathering areas such as the following:
KidsQuad: Situated on the grounds of Westminster Elementary School, KidsQuad is where families can dance and sing along to lively music, create art, play games, and enjoy the day together. Activities include healthy snack-creating by Chef Gino, children's gardening by Little Saplings, jewelry and tutu making, pony rides and petting zoos, and a very special Tot Lot with specialized programming and activities for the little ones.
The Abbot Kinney Festival is organized and produced by the Abbot Kinney Festival Association (AKFA), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1984, whose goal is to raise funds through the festival to reinvest back into the community to support youth and families. The Abbot Kinney Festival also seeks to promote the vibrant creativity that makes the beachside community of Venice, California so unique.
AKFA COMMUNITY GRANTS PROGRAM
Funded by festival proceeds, the AKFA Community Grants Program awards funding to selected Venice-based nonprofit organizations that offer services and programs aimed at youth and families. Applications are accepted mid-year preceding the festival. Since 1984, well over $275,000 in festival proceeds have been invested into the community of Venice. To learn how to apply for next year’s grants, visit http://abbotkinney.org/grant-application.
SPIRIT OF VENICE AWARDS
Since 1984, the Abbot Kinney Festival Association has recognized exemplary individuals nominated by the community for their significant contributions to the spirit, creativity, and uniqueness of Venice. Past recipients include artists, musicians, poets, musicians, athletes, and civic leaders such as Lynn Warshafsky and Jim Hubbard of Venice Arts; artists Tibor Jankay and Earl Newman; poet Fred Dewey of Beyond Baroque; Electric Lodge founder Joel Shapiro; pro skateboarder and Dogtown Skate Park co-founder Jesse Martinez; community advocates Betsy Goldman, Ivan Spiegel, and Diane Bush; and retired LAFD Inspector Mike Neeley and LAPD Sr. Lead Officer Heidi Llanes.