Dear major events that sometimes carelessly use the word "community" in your online literature, please pause and look to the annual Abbot Kinney Festival.
This quarter-century-plus-a-year party has become a major Venice happening for multiple reasons, but principally because community is a concept that is honored and put into practice in real, you-can-see-them ways.
If you'd like to see how, get to Abbot Kinney Boulevard on Sunday, Sept. 26. The eight-hour street fair has a true come-one-come-all spirit, as seen in its KidsQuad and its concert stage. Meaning that both piplets and their parents can come party, and no one is excluded or bored or made to stay at Grandpa's for the day. (Grandpa is probably over running his pottery booth, in fact.)
What we're liking at the KidsQuad: the "exotic mobile wildlife exhibit." What we're liking from the adult area: the beer garden, the artsy shopping opportunities, and ongoing tunes from acts like Dam-Funk and Voxhaul Broadcast. And the food. Everyone likes the food part of any festival, and the AKF will have the Dim Sum Truck and Dogtown Dogs and Border Grill (that's just a handful of 'em).
Oh, and you want more community? Here's more community comin' at ya: This thing is free to attend. See how free on Sunday, Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.