Oakland First Fridays

Oakland First Fridays Oakland First Fridays Event is the epicenter for community to come together to celebrate, sustain & support the arts and Oaklands creative economy.

This street festival grew out of the wonderful Oakland Art Murmur gallery crawl, which runs each First Friday. The event is now managed by and as part of the non-profit group KONO, the community benefit district. The goals of bringing art to and enriching the community are at the heart of this event. This monthly arts event welcomes visitors to experience Oakland as a unique urban destination cele

This street festival grew out of the wonderful Oakland Art Murmur gallery crawl, which runs each First Friday. The event is now managed by and as part of the non-profit group KONO, the community benefit district. The goals of bringing art to and enriching the community are at the heart of this event. This monthly arts event welcomes visitors to experience Oakland as a unique urban destination cele

Operating as usual

We have faced many challenges trying to relaunch our beloved festival, including expensive police fees. Read KQED’s arti...
09/02/2021
How Expensive Police Fees Shut Down Oakland Community Events | KQED

We have faced many challenges trying to relaunch our beloved festival, including expensive police fees.

Read KQED’s article for more details—

No matter how big or small a donation is, anyone can help support the relaunch of First Fridays by donating to our GoFundMe here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/oakland-first-fridays-support-fund

Police overtime pay has forced events like First Fridays to cancel, and drains festivals' ability to pay artists.

GREETINGS OAKLAND, We will NOT be having a September First Fridays tomorrow but we WILL in October. Let the countdown be...
09/02/2021

GREETINGS OAKLAND, We will NOT be having a September First Fridays tomorrow but we WILL in October. Let the countdown begin!

‼️ATTENTION VENDORS‼️
Sign Up on Knack by tomorrow to secure your discount of $50 off. Sign Up Here:
https://oaklandfirstfridays.knack.com/oakland-first-fridays#home/

*Due to technical difficulties, payments will be processed later on. All you have to do is create an account using Knack, no further action is needed. We will apply the discount after the issue is fixed. Thank you for your patience. ❤️

#oakland #oaklandovereverything

GREETINGS OAKLAND, We will NOT be having a September First Fridays tomorrow but we WILL in October. Let the countdown begin!

‼️ATTENTION VENDORS‼️
Sign Up on Knack by tomorrow to secure your discount of $50 off. Sign Up Here:
https://oaklandfirstfridays.knack.com/oakland-first-fridays#home/

*Due to technical difficulties, payments will be processed later on. All you have to do is create an account using Knack, no further action is needed. We will apply the discount after the issue is fixed. Thank you for your patience. ❤️

#oakland #oaklandovereverything

‼️ ATTENTION VENDORS ‼️ EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Register NOW through Friday, September 3rd for $50 off a booth at our Octobe...
08/24/2021

‼️ ATTENTION VENDORS ‼️

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Register NOW through Friday, September 3rd for $50 off a booth at our October 1st event.

Sign up on our website here: https://www.oaklandfirstfridays.org/oakland-first-fridays-vendor-portal?ltclid=bdcfc513-aa1a-4249-89c8-602b0d956eba

(Note: Registration will close once sold out & incomplete forms will not be recorded by the system)

‼️ ATTENTION VENDORS ‼️

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Register NOW through Friday, September 3rd for $50 off a booth at our October 1st event.

Sign up on our website here: https://www.oaklandfirstfridays.org/oakland-first-fridays-vendor-portal?ltclid=bdcfc513-aa1a-4249-89c8-602b0d956eba

(Note: Registration will close once sold out & incomplete forms will not be recorded by the system)

08/23/2021

OAKLAND, ARE YOU READY??

After a long time away from our beloved community, we’re back and better than ever on October 1st. Please be patient as more details & vendor information will be coming soon!

WE CAN’T WAIT TO BE REUNITED 💛💛💛

#oakland #oaklandforever #oaklandovereverything

Today is National Nonprofit Day which celebrates the positive impact nonprofits have on the community. We can’t do it wi...
08/18/2021

Today is National Nonprofit Day which celebrates the positive impact nonprofits have on the community. We can’t do it without your support! By supporting Oakland First Fridays, you’re supporting Oakland creators.

DONATE if you can, funds will be used for our eventual re-opening (announcement coming soon)

DONATE HERE: https://gofund.me/f2e9062c

We thank you in advance 💛

#oakland #oaklandart #oaklandfirstfriday

Today is National Nonprofit Day which celebrates the positive impact nonprofits have on the community. We can’t do it without your support! By supporting Oakland First Fridays, you’re supporting Oakland creators.

DONATE if you can, funds will be used for our eventual re-opening (announcement coming soon)

DONATE HERE: https://gofund.me/f2e9062c

We thank you in advance 💛

#oakland #oaklandart #oaklandfirstfriday

EverybodyCanPaint ArtIsMobilUs & Dancepark presents: The “Burner Participation Zone” FREE EVENT to chill, have fun, danc...
08/12/2021

EverybodyCanPaint ArtIsMobilUs & Dancepark presents: The “Burner Participation Zone” FREE EVENT to chill, have fun, dance, show your art, and paint together! Come on down THIS SATURDAY, AUGUST 14th from 12-8pm! Bring your art creations and your sense of creativity 🤩🎨🖌

#everybodycanpaint #bayareaartist #burner #oaklandart

EverybodyCanPaint ArtIsMobilUs & Dancepark presents: The “Burner Participation Zone” FREE EVENT to chill, have fun, dance, show your art, and paint together! Come on down THIS SATURDAY, AUGUST 14th from 12-8pm! Bring your art creations and your sense of creativity 🤩🎨🖌

#everybodycanpaint #bayareaartist #burner #oaklandart

Raise your hand if you currently crave some gelato 🤚🏼🚚: www.nissabar.com#oaklandovereverything #oaklandeats #oaklandfood...
08/12/2021

Raise your hand if you currently crave some gelato 🤚🏼

🚚: www.nissabar.com
#oaklandovereverything #oaklandeats #oaklandfoodie

Raise your hand if you currently crave some gelato 🤚🏼

🚚: www.nissabar.com
#oaklandovereverything #oaklandeats #oaklandfoodie

Happy First Fridays! We miss you more than you can imagine, Oakland. POST, SHARE, or COMMENT a favorite memory you have ...
08/06/2021

Happy First Fridays! We miss you more than you can imagine, Oakland.

POST, SHARE, or COMMENT a favorite memory you have at First Fridays and tag us to be mentioned in our story. Let’s relive the good times we had together ❤️☺️🙌🏼

(No First Fridays Today)

#oakland #oaklandforever #oaklandovereverything #firstfriday

Happy First Fridays! We miss you more than you can imagine, Oakland.

POST, SHARE, or COMMENT a favorite memory you have at First Fridays and tag us to be mentioned in our story. Let’s relive the good times we had together ❤️☺️🙌🏼

(No First Fridays Today)

#oakland #oaklandforever #oaklandovereverything #firstfriday

No First Fridays this August (tomorrow)! Please be patient, we love you and our First Fridays community. ❤️
08/06/2021

No First Fridays this August (tomorrow)!
Please be patient, we love you and our First Fridays community. ❤️

No First Fridays this August (tomorrow)!
Please be patient, we love you and our First Fridays community. ❤️

Happy Friendship Day! We miss those smiling faces! ☺️❤️#oakland #oaklandovereverything #friendshipday
07/31/2021

Happy Friendship Day! We miss those smiling faces! ☺️❤️

#oakland #oaklandovereverything #friendshipday

Happy Friendship Day! We miss those smiling faces! ☺️❤️

#oakland #oaklandovereverything #friendshipday

FLASHBACK FRIDAYS: Having FUN in the SUN at the Kids Zone! 😎☀️#oakland #oaklandca
07/23/2021

FLASHBACK FRIDAYS: Having FUN in the SUN at the Kids Zone! 😎☀️

#oakland #oaklandca

FLASHBACK FRIDAYS: Having FUN in the SUN at the Kids Zone! 😎☀️

#oakland #oaklandca

Happy National Mango Day! Comment 🥭 below if you’re craving a mango flower with tajin! 🤤🥭#oakland #oaklandovereverything
07/22/2021

Happy National Mango Day! Comment 🥭 below if you’re craving a mango flower with tajin! 🤤🥭

#oakland #oaklandovereverything

Happy National Mango Day! Comment 🥭 below if you’re craving a mango flower with tajin! 🤤🥭

#oakland #oaklandovereverything

WOMEN ARTIST WEDNESDAY: Mother daughter duo, Nicte and Maya, tabling at our event back in February 2020. They are both m...
07/21/2021

WOMEN ARTIST WEDNESDAY: Mother daughter duo, Nicte and Maya, tabling at our event back in February 2020. They are both multimedia artists who participated in our Spark Artist program creating individual and collaborative pieces of beautiful art, check them out if you haven’t already! www.instagram.com/artnimas 😍

#bayareaartist #oaklandart #womenartists

WOMEN ARTIST WEDNESDAY: Mother daughter duo, Nicte and Maya, tabling at our event back in February 2020. They are both multimedia artists who participated in our Spark Artist program creating individual and collaborative pieces of beautiful art, check them out if you haven’t already! www.instagram.com/artnimas 😍

#bayareaartist #oaklandart #womenartists

FLASHBACK FRIDAYS: Look at that drum circle! 🥁 WE MISS YOUR ENERGY OAKLAND 🥁 #oakland #oaklandevents #flashbackfriday
07/17/2021

FLASHBACK FRIDAYS: Look at that drum circle! 🥁 WE MISS YOUR ENERGY OAKLAND 🥁

#oakland #oaklandevents #flashbackfriday

FLASHBACK FRIDAYS: Look at that drum circle! 🥁 WE MISS YOUR ENERGY OAKLAND 🥁

#oakland #oaklandevents #flashbackfriday

ANYBODY CAN PAINT! ArtIsMobilUs is a mobile public art experience that brings people together through art. Comment down ...
07/15/2021

ANYBODY CAN PAINT! ArtIsMobilUs is a mobile public art experience that brings people together through art. Comment down below if you contributed to past ArtIsMobilUs walls at our events! ❤️🎨🖌❤️

#artcollab #oaklandart

ANYBODY CAN PAINT! ArtIsMobilUs is a mobile public art experience that brings people together through art. Comment down below if you contributed to past ArtIsMobilUs walls at our events! ❤️🎨🖌❤️

#artcollab #oaklandart

🌳 WE 💛 THE TOWN 🌳#oakland #oaklandovereverything #thetown
07/15/2021

🌳 WE 💛 THE TOWN 🌳

#oakland #oaklandovereverything #thetown

🌳 WE 💛 THE TOWN 🌳

#oakland #oaklandovereverything #thetown

You will never regret time spent blowing bubbles! 💙
07/14/2021

You will never regret time spent blowing bubbles! 💙

You will never regret time spent blowing bubbles! 💙

HAPPENING TODAY: Oakland City Council will vote on whether to make the unsafe “protected” bike lanes permanent or to rep...
07/06/2021

HAPPENING TODAY: Oakland City Council will vote on whether to make the unsafe “protected” bike lanes permanent or to replace them with buffered bike lanes.

PLEASE HELP US make this change to a design better suited to the district that’s safer cyclists, less confusing for drivers and pedestrians, had fewer negative impacts on Koreatown Northgate CBD small businesses, residents, elders, and those with disabilities, and guarantees that Oakland First Fridays will continue.

WAYS YOU CAN HELP:
Learn why buffered lanes are safer by watching the Youtube video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7obAT9LxQM

Sign & Share this Petition:
https://www.change.org/p/oakland-mayor-libby-schaaf-fix-the-unsafe-bike-lanes-on-telegraph-avenue-and-save-oakland-first-fridays

HAPPENING TODAY: Oakland City Council will vote on whether to make the unsafe “protected” bike lanes permanent or to replace them with buffered bike lanes.

PLEASE HELP US make this change to a design better suited to the district that’s safer cyclists, less confusing for drivers and pedestrians, had fewer negative impacts on Koreatown Northgate CBD small businesses, residents, elders, and those with disabilities, and guarantees that Oakland First Fridays will continue.

WAYS YOU CAN HELP:
Learn why buffered lanes are safer by watching the Youtube video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7obAT9LxQM

Sign & Share this Petition:
https://www.change.org/p/oakland-mayor-libby-schaaf-fix-the-unsafe-bike-lanes-on-telegraph-avenue-and-save-oakland-first-fridays

Wishing everyone a safe & happy 4th of July! 🇺🇸PhotoCreds: Samuel Prashant Food: Big Serg BBQ
07/04/2021

Wishing everyone a safe & happy 4th of July! 🇺🇸

PhotoCreds: Samuel Prashant
Food: Big Serg BBQ

Wishing everyone a safe & happy 4th of July! 🇺🇸

PhotoCreds: Samuel Prashant
Food: Big Serg BBQ

NO PLACE LIKE OAKLANDPhoto Credit: Check out photography by Spark Artist, Emmanuel Desousa FreshhfotographyBeautiful pri...
07/01/2021

NO PLACE LIKE OAKLAND

Photo Credit: Check out photography by Spark Artist, Emmanuel Desousa Freshhfotography

Beautiful prints of our lovely town and the rest of Bay Area can be purchased through his new website: www.freshhfotography.com, you can also book a photoshoot and 1 on 1 photography class! 📸

#oaklandphotography #bayareaphotographer #thetown

It’s the last day of 🏳️‍🌈 PRIDE MONTH 🏳️‍🌈 but we stand in solidarity & support the LBGTQIA community this month and eve...
07/01/2021

It’s the last day of 🏳️‍🌈 PRIDE MONTH 🏳️‍🌈 but we stand in solidarity & support the LBGTQIA community this month and every month. Remember to always be accepting, inclusive, and proud!

#pridemonth #pride #oakland #bayareapride

It’s the last day of 🏳️‍🌈 PRIDE MONTH 🏳️‍🌈 but we stand in solidarity & support the LBGTQIA community this month and every month. Remember to always be accepting, inclusive, and proud!

#pridemonth #pride #oakland #bayareapride

No First Fridays this July, however it is our mission to bring our beloved community together again. We WILL be back. Mu...
06/29/2021

No First Fridays this July, however it is our mission to bring our beloved community together again. We WILL be back. Much love! 💛

No First Fridays this July, however it is our mission to bring our beloved community together again. We WILL be back. Much love! 💛

HAPPY NATIONAL FOOD TRUCK DAY! 😋A big thank you to all the food truck vendors we’ve had at past events for feeding hungr...
06/25/2021

HAPPY NATIONAL FOOD TRUCK DAY! 😋

A big thank you to all the food truck vendors we’ve had at past events for feeding hungry attendees and workers, we appreciate you! 💛

#oakland #nationalfoodtruckday #oaklandeats

“Be kind to yourself, Be kind to the world” Repost & Art by Matina Jaimah#oakland #oaklandartist #oaklandart
06/24/2021

“Be kind to yourself, Be kind to the world”

Repost & Art by Matina Jaimah

#oakland #oaklandartist #oaklandart

“Be kind to yourself, Be kind to the world”

Repost & Art by Matina Jaimah

#oakland #oaklandartist #oaklandart

More details from Spark Artist/Mentor Desi Mundo’s #EastBayRisingTogether mural located in Berkeley between Carleton & 9...
06/23/2021

More details from Spark Artist/Mentor Desi Mundo’s #EastBayRisingTogether mural located in Berkeley between Carleton & 9th St. done in collaboration with Kaiser Permanente Thrive

“Accompanying the connection to the land, we learn to listen to the natural world. My sis Carla from @movementgeneration thought I should find a way to have a bird sing to us to reflect that relationship. I choose a hummingbird because of their sacred role in Ohlone and other indigenous cultures. For the background, I added a jamiaca (hibiscus) flower to emphasize the hummingbird's role as pollinators. And their song was serving to pollinate our human relationship to nature. In painting an ear without the rest of the body, there is a reminder to actively listen without ego. And I remembered that certain acupuncturists' entire practice is done in the ear and can release tension throughout the body from that one location which I imagined as opening up our mind's capacity to receive the full message from the hummingbird.

At the bottom, wrapped around the bar is a yoga practitioner in Dhanurasana, the bow pose. I got schooled on this and other poses by @divyabala who writes "Yoga philosophy tells us the bowstring is like the breath and the arrow is like our awareness, activating through the control we exercise over our body" Divya has been breaking down the meaning behind these yoga poses in order to take back, decolonize, and remember that this practice is connected to a sacred holistic way of life. In addition to being an advisor on this project, Divya was also the incredible model for this image.” 😍❤️

www.instagram.com/withoutmyego

#oakland #muralart #muralartist

06/22/2021
oakland.granicusideas.com

The Oakland Public Works Committee is meeting today to discuss whether to install enhanced buffered bike lanes in the OakFF footprint, or to make the protected lanes permanent by installing curbs.
First Fridays supports OakDOT's recommendation for enhanced buffered lanes, because with the current arrangement, parked cars mean drivers turning from Telegraph can't see bike lane traffic (a cyclist was struck and injured last year).
The buffered lanes will mitigate this safety hazard, while still keeping Telegraph down to one traffic lane in each direction (instead of two like before the lanes were installed).
If this doesn't pass, OakDOT will install curbs between the bike and parking lanes (where First Fridays vendors set up). This will narrow the event footprint by almost a third, and jeopardizes our ability to continue the festival.
You can show your support for this decision and leave a comment for City Council at this link: https://oakland.granicusideas.com/meetings/4732-star-public-works-committee-on-2021-06-22-1-30-pm-please-see-the-agenda-to-participate-in-the-meeting/agenda_items/60c3c302244398003a001270-5-21-0454-subject-improvements-to-telegraph-av

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY to all the dads, stepdads, uncles, granddads, pet dads, and fatherly figures in our lives. You are mu...
06/20/2021

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY to all the dads, stepdads, uncles, granddads, pet dads, and fatherly figures in our lives. You are much appreciated! 💙💚💛

🖤💛💚❤️HAPPY JUNETEENTH, OAKLAND ❤️💚💛🖤 Juneteenth commemorates June 19th, 1865– the end of slavery in the United States. T...
06/19/2021

🖤💛💚❤️HAPPY JUNETEENTH, OAKLAND ❤️💚💛🖤

Juneteenth commemorates June 19th, 1865– the end of slavery in the United States. There is still so much work to be done to truly honor the meaning of this holiday. Support your local Black-owned restaurants and small businesses, educate yourself, and donate advocating organizations if you can!

📸: Juneteenth Celebration in Oakland, 2020.
#juneteenth #juneteenthcelebration #oakland

🖤💛💚❤️HAPPY JUNETEENTH, OAKLAND ❤️💚💛🖤

Juneteenth commemorates June 19th, 1865– the end of slavery in the United States. There is still so much work to be done to truly honor the meaning of this holiday. Support your local Black-owned restaurants and small businesses, educate yourself, and donate advocating organizations if you can!

📸: Juneteenth Celebration in Oakland, 2020.
#juneteenth #juneteenthcelebration #oakland

Spark Artist DJ AGANA worked with Steph and Ayesha Curry to transform Oakland Franklin Elementary School, and unveiled a...
06/18/2021

Spark Artist DJ AGANA worked with Steph and Ayesha Curry to transform Oakland Franklin Elementary School, and unveiled a new playground, basketball court, and a 360 mural. AMAZING WORK, AGANA! 😍

HISTORIC MOMENT: President Biden just signed legislation into law to make Juneteenth, or June 19, a federal holiday. It'...
06/17/2021

HISTORIC MOMENT: President Biden just signed legislation into law to make Juneteenth, or June 19, a federal holiday. It's the first new federal holiday since Martin Luther King Jr. Day was created in 1983.

Juneteenth being made a federal holiday is recognition that we're still fighting for true equality everyday and that there is still much work to do towards systemic justice. ❤️🖤💚

(Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers brought the news of freedom to enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas. That was also about 2 1/2 years after the Emancipation Proclamation freed slaves in the Southern states.)

#juneteenth #oakland #juneteenth2021

HISTORIC MOMENT: President Biden just signed legislation into law to make Juneteenth, or June 19, a federal holiday. It's the first new federal holiday since Martin Luther King Jr. Day was created in 1983.

Juneteenth being made a federal holiday is recognition that we're still fighting for true equality everyday and that there is still much work to do towards systemic justice. ❤️🖤💚

(Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers brought the news of freedom to enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas. That was also about 2 1/2 years after the Emancipation Proclamation freed slaves in the Southern states.)

#juneteenth #oakland #juneteenth2021

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I drove '41 Pontiac there five years until cars were blocked at 1/4 lb. Burgers. Slobs posturing ruined the car area.
If you are looking for security for first Friday feel free to give us a call
Sweet HayaH is excited to perform at Oakland First Fridays on Friday March 6th 😍💜 We’ve missed your Oakland 💞
All the way from Washington, DC. Oaklands First Friday seems like it's a blast!! 💥
FIRST FRIDAY AT STORK ! SHOP, EAT, MEET UP, SEE ART GALLERIES, AND THEN.....COME ON IN TO STORK FOR OUR FANTASTIC EARLY SHOW ! FEATURING MELODIC METAL ARENA HITZ WITH ANISTAZI AT 6PM, SOLID GOLD BLUES WITH MEMPHIS BLUES PROJECT AT 7, AND THE BEST IN PROG , ROCK, JAZZY ORIGINALS WITH THE RICO MACALMA EX'PERIENCE AT 8PM ! A LOT OF SHOW FOR ONLY $ 5. !
STORK CLUB FIRST FRIDAY ! AN EARLY SHOW WITH ANISTAZI MELODIC METAL ARENA HITZ AT 6PM, followed by Memphis Blues Project at 7, and the Rico Macalma EX'PERIENCE Prog, Rock ,,Jazz , at 8pm !! A whole lotta show for only $ 5. Come on in and stay !
from last month
I had some video taken but discovered that YouTube deletes the sound WTF....I am in discussion with their legal team with respect to this issue...some of the sounds playing are copyrighted...I even walked by a bar two blocks away and was censored...I am just thinking that behind it is just plain old racism that YouTube doesn't like black folks to be dancing to music or to be enjoying themselves in public ...perhaps bringing polka songs with original non copyrighted music is in order...
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