Oakland offers great live music, events, eats and outdoorsy fun all year round, but we are always super excited for the summer festivities. From dancing and day drinking at festivals and sampling food from all different cuisines, The Town has you covered. Whatever your summer vibes are, family members of all ages will make exciting discoveries and great memories while spending the day on the Sunny Side of the Bay.

Here is our list of street fairs, music festivals and other specially curated experiences to put on your calendar this summer. This list may not include every summer event so check out our Oakland Summer Vibes page for even more summer fun!

  1. LakeFest Oakland | June 22
  2. Mosswood Meltdown | July 6-7
  3. Laurel StreetFair World Music Festival | August 10
  4. 20th Annual Emerald Cup | August 17-18
  5. Hiero Day | September 2
  6. Oakland Pride Parade & Festival | September 8
  7. Live Concerts in Oakland | All Summer
  8. More Events This Summer

LakeFest Oakland | June 22

Group of friends posing at LakeFest Oakland taking place June 22 2024 at Lake Merritt Oakland California

Lakefest Oakland is a family-friendly annual event bringing together The Town’s vast range of artists, musicians, retailers and non-profits featuring over 100 vendors, a massive Kids Fun Zone, Tech Pavilion, Outdoor Beer Garden and, of course, Amazing Food. This diverse summertime festival takes place in the nature-rich, three-mile shoreline of Lake Merritt.

Mosswood Meltdown | July 6-7

Mosswood Meltdown returns July 6-7 to Mosswood Park! The festival a features a highly-anticipated set from The B-52s, Bay-Area mainstays Hunx and his Punx, the iconic Big Freedia, Redd Kross, Pure Hell playing their first west coast show in over 30 years, and more. And of course, the festival would not be complete without the inimitable and esteemed John Waters, who celebrates his 10th year as host in 2024. Purchase tickets now!

Laurel StreetFair World Music Festival | August 10

Laurel StreetFair World Music Festival

The 23rd Annual Laurel StreetFair World Music Fest returns to Oakland’s Laurel District on Saturday, August 10, 2024! Join us for amazing food, retail, artisan and non-profit vendors, admission is free and we offer fun for all ages. Rich with rhythms from around the globe and around the corner, the Laurel StreetFair is dedicated to celebrating our cultural roots, our community and the traditions that bring us together.

20th Annual Emerald Cup | August 17-18

Emerald Cup taking place in Oakland August 17 and 18

On August 17 & 18, the iconic Emerald Cup cannabis festival will celebrate its highly anticipated 20th Anniversary in Oakland at the newly renovated Henry J. Kaiser Center for the Arts. The Emerald Cup is the premier cannabis cultural festival and awards competition. Known as the ‘Academy Awards of Cannabis’, The Emerald Cup festival is a one-of-a-kind awards show, festival, and marketplace that brings together the global cannabis community and celebrates cannabis innovation, craft, culture, and best-in-class products alongside music, art, food, and speakers. Get tickets now!

Hiero Day | September 2

Hiero Day

This festival began as a day of celebration for fans on 9/3/2011, a nod to 93' til Infinity, to listen to and appreciate Hieroglyphics music. Following suit, the collective responded to the fans with Hiero Day. Hiero Day plays an integral role in the Oakland music festival culture which exists in the city today. Voted the best hip hop music festival in the Bay Area, it is recognized for fostering a unifying atmosphere while maintaining a commitment to groundbreaking music and community development. Tickets coming soon!

Oakland Pride Parade & Festival | September 8

Pride Parade in Oakland California 2023

The Oakland Pride and Pridefest Oakland returns this year on September 8! This annual event creates a sponsorship of strength and respect while elevating our unified mission to celebrate and support the cultures and diversity of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer+ (LGBTQ+) community in Oakland and the surrounding Bay Area.

Live Concerts in Oakland | All Summer

Person enjoying a concert at the Oakland Arena in Oakland California

Oakland is home to year-round concerts & performance events and summertime brings some of the best talent to The Town. Check out upcoming concerts in Oakland including Chris Brown, Missy Elliott, Aventura, Future and more! Check out our full calendar of upcoming concerts and live performances and start making your summer plans! 

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Looking to fill up your summer calendar even more? Check out our Oakland Summer Vibes page for an up-to-date list of what’s happening in The Town this summer.