Oakland First Fridays

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Oakland First Fridays is an immersive art and community experience on the first Friday of each month from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Telegraph Avenue from West Grand to 27th Street. Oakland's KONO district springs to life with for this event, with galleries, artist collectives, street artists, local culinary artisans, performers, musicians, dancers, DJ’s, and poets gathering for Oakland First Friday events.

Their mission is to preserve Oakland First Fridays as an all inclusive, safe and vital community-driven platform to showcase  the emerging artists, makers, gourmet food vendors, musicians, cypher circles (dance battles, spoken word), drumming circles, acrobats, magicians, and many uniquely talented street performers and their audience.

Oakland First Fridays happens on the first Friday of each month, from 5pm - 9:00pm, on Telegraph Avenue between West Grand and 27th Street and is totally free!

Getting Involved

Oakland First Fridays is the most well-attended event in the Bay area, touting an audience of 30,000+ at each festival, as well as lots of local press coverage. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, they’d love to work with you!

If you are interested in volunteering, come join them! It will be a great opportunity for you to connect with your community, work as a member of a team, meet new people, and gain references for future employment or academic advancement. You’ll also get free food and a t-shirt for volunteering.


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