The 28th annual Abbot Kinney Festival, billed as one of the Los Angeles area’s most popular free community events, will take place on a one-mile stretch of the eclectic Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7.
This year, the festival was pushed back from its traditional date on the last Sunday of September due to conflicts with the 405 freeway closure known as “Carmageddon II” and the Los Angeles Triathlon.
The event, held along Abbot Kinney from Venice Boulevard to Main Street, features over 300 arts and crafts exhibitors, five live music stages, two bike valet stations and multiple food courts. In addition, there will be a kids’ area with amusement attractions, cultural performances and art activities for all ages.
Organized by the Abbot Kinney Festival Association, the annual event has attracted nearly 150,000 people each year. Proceeds from sponsorships, booth exhibitor fees, official merchandise and event concessions will benefit the AKFA community grants program, which supports organizations that specifically serve the Venice community.
Visitors are encouraged to ride bicycles, carpool with friends, or use public transit such as Metro, Santa Monica Big Blue Bus and Playa Vista Beach Shuttle.
Parking lots are available on Venice Beach, Windward Avenue, Electric Avenue, Washington Boulevard, near the Venice Pier, and in Marina del Rey.