Mar Vista ArtWalk celebrates Small Business Saturday

Local creative talent (and cute babies) take center stage during Mar Vista ArtWalk

It’s hard for art not to spill out onto the streets during the Mar Vista ArtWalk. Actually, that’s the idea: artists live paint on the sidewalk, makers display one-of-a-kind wares, live music fills the air, and street theater could break out at any time.

On Saturday, the Mar Vista ArtWalk returns to Venice Boulevard — this time in partnership with local merchants to celebrate Small Business Saturday. Art and music combine with holiday shopping and dining specials from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. all the way from Inglewood Boulevard to Beethoven Street. This art walk’s theme is “Gratitude.”

Full Circle Pottery (12023 Venice Blvd.) hosts a holiday bazaar, and Alana’s Coffee Roasters and the Mar Vista Art Department offer in-store specials. Meanwhile, Coffee Connection (on the corner of Venice and Centinela) turns into a hub for live music and performance throughout the afternoon. After 4 p.m., local bands Randy’s Candy, Shere Disraeli, Seablood, Fox Trails, Sonic Acrylic and Westerner are interspersed between deejay sets. Between 4 and 7 p.m., Canela Cocina Latina, Little Fatty’s, Grand View Market and The Mar Vista offer community happy hour specials.

Be sure to check out standout artwork by local school children in participating businesses, and stop by 12200 Venice Blvd. between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. for a pop-up spoken word jam and live-painting by Mar Vista artist PinkRiches. A kid’s carnival, caroling and a block party hosted by Rising Sons Independent round out the day of activities on the boulevard.

— Christina Campodonico

The Mar Vista ArtWalk: Gratitude happens from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 25) along Venice Boulevard from Beethoven Street to Inglewood Boulevard. Visit for updates.