10+ Blocks “Picnic on Telegraph” Block Party (Oakland)
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Telegraph Avenue from 40th to 51st Street | Oakland Temescal District
Submitted by the Event Organizer
Picnic on Telegraph returns to Oakland’s Temescal District on October 17 for a special Sunday edition on 10+ blocks of Telegraph Avenue, closed to cars and open to people! Kick off your Sunday with brunch, live music, shopping, fitness classes, and more– all outdoors, socially-distanced, and in support of all of the incredible businesses Telegraph Avenue has to offer. Whether you’re interested in drag brunch, standup comedy, live music, interactive games, or just supporting all of your favorite local businesses, Picnic on Telegraph has something for everyone. Don’t miss Temescal’s final big street festival of 2021!
Some highlights of our October Programming include:
Keep Oakland Alive Merchant Village featuring Brundo Spices, High Tail Hikes dog gear, Oakland Honey Co, Arte por Lola, Opulent Paper Art jewelry, women’s apparel by Field Day & Friends, crafts & small goods by Maker’s Loft, art by My Town Fan Club and Royal Kettlebells.
Hip Hop for Change Performances at 50th & Telegraph featuring Oakland Originalz break dancing, a cipher, DJs spinning and a pop up retail store!
Whole Foods Village featuring free food and samples from local artisan food companies: Red Bay Coffee, Something Better Food, OliPop Sparkling Tonic water and Firebrand artisan bread. Giveaways of Whole Foods swag bags, and games. Plus, information about their store opening at 5110 Telegraph.
Special programming from Root’d in the 510 cannabis dispensary and lounge: Raffle & Giveaway of a playstation 5, sign up for membership to get free product when they open, Tours of the Dispensary
COVID-19 Vaccination Station in partnership with UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital
Roux40 Pop-up featuring menu items from their highly anticipated new restaurant, coming soon to 40th Street
Outdoor Drag Brunch at North Light, 12pm and 2pm, hosted by Beef Cakes and featuring Meatflap, Phoebe Cakes, Mojo Carter, Vera, and Die Anna. (Seating is first come, first served!)
Mini Freedom Farmer’s Market Popup featuring Black farmers, produce, and baked goods: Melons from Blue Ridge Ranch, Fruits & Vegetables from Scott Family Farms, Almond Butter from LeMule Ranch, Full Belly Bakery, Lather & More: Natural Body, Back 2 Nature: Natural Healing Product for Pain, and The Collective Bookstore
Queer First Friday DJs spinning 2-7pm at 40th & Telegraph
Connect with some of Temescal’s newest and buzziest businesses, including Roux40, Daytrip, Big House Beans, and Root’d in the 510
Build the Halloween Costume of your dreams at East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse’s Clothing Swap and DIY maker’s station
Free Pre-Dinner Yoga class (5:30pm) from Square One Yoga (indoor, masks + proof of vaccination required)
Kickboxing Demonstrations & trial membership sales by 9 Round Fitness
Outdoor Salsa Lesson & Dancing with Timba Heat at 44th & Telegraph at 6pm
Live music all day long, featuring Bukue One, Phat Luv Band, Aireene Espiritu, Queer First Fridays DJs, DJ UC BUU, and more!
Interactive art-making & installation and live clothing customization by FYE Collective/Omni Commons
Chess, board games, Magic the Gathering, and more at It’s Your Move Games
Special evening hours at Temescal Alley Shops, including Old Salt Merchants, Dopp, Marisa Mason Jewelry, Ziggy’s Delectables, The CRO Cafe, Curbside Creamery, Claflin Thayer & Co, and more.
Sidewalk sales and popup retail by Leading the Pack, Ancient Ways, and Fine Leatherworking.