Understand the Venice Beach Appeal
Our Top Five Suggestions for Seeing the Best of Venice Beach
LA can be overwhelming at times. In a city where everyone could be somebody, where dreams are sold like skinny short Lattes and where travelling without a car seems as unthinkable as missing your morning wheatgrass shot, the uniquely eclectic beach town of Venice is a breath of fresh ocean air.
Bathed in radiant California sunshine and home to a quirky mix of hippies, artists, musicians, creative souls and a beach-loving homeless population, Venice Beach is a little bit crazy, a whole lot of fun and often sadly misunderstood at times.
We want to share our Venice with you, the one we know and love, in the hope that you will enjoy it as much as we do. Here are our top five suggestions for visitors wanting to make the most of our beloved bohemian playground.
1. Venice Boardwalk: The true pulse of Venice beats here among the street vendors, musicians and artists that line the boardwalk from dawn til dusk. This is where you’ll see the giant “Tree Man,” Harry Perry the rollerblading guitar player, fire jugglers, tattoo artists, fortune tellers and street dancers. Perfect for a day of people watching, the scene pretty much packs up when the sun sets.
2. Venice Beach: Blessed with golden sands and a gorgeous blue ocean, Venice Beach is perfectly primed for tanning, volley ball and bodyboarding. Locals surf at the “breakwater” just past the rocks before the Pier. Observe the usual surfing etiquette and you’ll be welcome to catch some waves.
3. Abbot Kinney Blvd: Join the flip flop crowd for “First Fridays’ every first Friday of the month for late night shopping, drinking and generally making merry. This chic and friendly boulevard is home to an array of trendy vintage stores, tucked away cafes and one- of- a- kind bars and restaurants.
4. Venice Canals: One of LA’s best kept secrets, the canals are the remains of Abbot Kinney’s original dream for Venice Beach. You can take a walking tour through the area where pretty clapboard houses line the banks and laid-back ducks paddle under the bridges.
5. Venice Art Crawl: Every third Thursday of the month Venice turns into a real life art exhibit as local artists join together to foster and reinvigorate the creativity that has long been the trademark of Venice. Participation is free and artwork is displayed in a variety of spaces throughout Venice. This event truly embodies the spirit of Venice Beach, encourages creativity and allows new talent to emerge and flourish.
Muscle Beach Championships
Labor Day September 7th
The Muscle Beach Championship is Labor Day, September th starting at 10:00 am with prejudging and 1:00pm with the Finals. Open to all amateur atheletes and free admission to the public. It will be held in Venice Recreation center located at 1800 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291. For more information visit www.musclebeachvenice.com. Can't wait to see you there!
Pacific Coast Challenge Big Ball Handball Singles
August 22-23, 2015
To register, compete and for upcoming Venice Handball Tournaments, contact Fred Ealey of Venice Recreation and Parks Center at 310.399.2775.
The handball courts are one of Venice’s unique features. Played one one one or two on two, handball only requires a court and a small 61 gram ball. The ball is swatted with an open hand against the wall and then returned, after one bounce, by the opposition.
Handball is a competitive game in which either hand or either fist may be used to serve and return the ball. Four-wall handball may be played by two, three or four players. When played by two, it is called singles; when played by three, cutthroat; and when played by four, doubles. The object is to win each rally by serving or returning the ball so the opponent is unable to keep the ball in play. A rally is won when one player is unable to return the opponent’s shot to the front wall before it touches the floor twice, or when a player returns the ball so that it hits the floor before striking the front wall. Points are scored only by the serving side when it serves an ace (unreturnable serve) or wins a rally. When the serving side loses one rally in singles or two rallies in doubles, it loses the serve. Losing the serve is called an “out.” A match is won by the first side winning two games. The first two games of a match are played to 21 points. In the event each side wins a game, a tie-breaker is played to 11 points. For tournament results, history, rules of the sport and upcoming Southern California handball events, visit http://www.handball.org.
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Admission: Free to play
Note: OPEN PLAY. NO FEE/RESERVATIONS. FIRST COME BASIS. TOURNAMENTS & PERMITS TAKE PRECEDENCE ON COURTS.
Equipment rental available at the Venice Recreation and Parks Office.