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“Oakland First Fridays” Street Festival

Every 1st Friday
Friday, December 6, 2019 - 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm | Cost: FREE
Telegraph & 27th | Telegraph Ave and 27th St, Oakland, CA


“Oakland First Fridays” Street Festival

Oakland First Fridays is an immersive art and community experience on the first Friday of each month from 5-9p. for five huge blocks on Telegraph Avenue from West Grand to 27th Street.

Oakland’s KONO district (Koreatown/Northgate) springs to life with for this event, with galleries, artist collectives, street artists, local culinary artisans, performers, musicians, dancers, DJs, and poets gathering for Oakland First Friday events.

Oakland First Fridays

Every First Friday | 5-9pm
Telegraph Ave from West Grand to 27th St., Oakland
FREE

  • Closest BART – 19th Street
  • Rain sometimes cancels – They typically make an announcement by Wednesday – Check Facebook for updates

Thousands of people come from across the Bay Area and beyond to see and experience art, be inspired, eat great food, enjoy live music, and stroll through the amazing, eclectic city of Oakland. An economic impact report shows that the Oakland First Fridays has a major, positive economic impact on the KONO community.

What else is going on? How About Art Murmur! Taking place at the same time is the Oakland Art Murmur, a collection of galleries and mixed-use venues many of which are open First Friday evenings. The range of artistic exhibitions is inspiring.

Most of the venues are open from 6–9 pm. Many of the galleries are adjacent to the Telegraph Avenue site of Oakland First Fridays on 23rd, 24th, 25th and 26th Streets going east toward the hills.

Festival FAQ

Is there an entrance fee?
Oakland First Fridays is free and open to the public! But we rely on community support to keep our festival alive! You can make a donation online here, or at our festival entrance on West Grand & Telegraph Avenue.

When does the street festival start / end?
Oakland First Fridays Street festival happens on the first friday of each month, from 5pm – 9:00pm. If the event becomes cancelled due to rain, an announcement will be made Wednesday the week of the event. Check back on our website or facebook page for updates.

Where is Oakland First Fridays located?
Our festival entrance is located at the intersection of West Grand and Telegraph Avenue, and spans 5 blocks down to 27th Street in Oakland’s KONO District. View the location on google maps here.

Accessibility Info:
Our festival is wheelchair accessible and family friendly. People of all ages are welcome to attend. If bringing a dog, it must remain on a leash at all times. Our events bring over 30,000 attendees, so expect large crowds, and amplified sound from our multiple stage and performance areas. There are Porta Potties available on 23rd St, 24th St, 25th St and 26th St. For exact locations, check out our festival map here.

Public Transportation:
We recommend taking public transportation to Oakland First Fridays. The closest Bart Station is the 19th Street stop, which is only a few blocks away. The 12 (Grand Ave. & MacArthur Blvd.), 51A (Broadway), and 6 (Telegraph Ave.) AC Transit buses also come right to the  KONO District. On weekdays and weekend evenings, the free Broadway shuttle runs every 12-15 minutes up and down Broadway from 26th to Jack London.

Parking:
Oakland First Fridays’ pick up and drop off location is located on Valley and 23rd street. Limited Metered parking is available on side streets near Telegraph Avenue, so make sure to bring quarters!  If you chose to park on the street, we advise you to not leave any valuable items inside your car. If you’d rather park in a garage, here is a list of garages close by.

Alcohol Policy:
Alcoholic beverages are served exclusively within our Sake Garden, located in front of Gogi Time at 23rd St and Telegraph Avenue. Otherwise, no alcohol is allowed at the street festival. We do not tolerate the consumption of alcohol in our festival streets. If you’re interested in drinking alcohol, we advise for you to visit our Sake Garden or one of the many bars and restaurants in the KONO district. Drink Responsibly.

How do I become a volunteer?
Volunteering is 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. We have in-office and day-of-event volunteer positions. For more information, visit: http://oaklandfirstfridays.org/volunteer/ or check out our volunteer orientation video!

What to do after the Festival?
Oakland First Fridays street festival ends at 9:00 pm, but nightlife within the KONO district still goes on! Visit one of the many bars, nightclubs or restaurants in the neighborhood. For a list of locations and events, check out the Koreatown-Northgate Business Directory: http://www.koreatownnorthgate.org/shop-dine/

Updated 6/26/19 – Event info last checked via website


Event Details


Cost: FREE
Categories: *Top Pick*, Art & Museums, Club / DJ, East Bay, Eating & Drinking, Kids & Families, Live Music, Outdoors, Shopping & Fashion, Theater & Performance, Walks & Tours
Address: Telegraph Ave and 27th St, Oakland, CA

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