Oakland’s thriving arts and culture scene 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 to museum and gallery hopping, Oakland has got you covered. Whatever their interests, 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 outdoor street fairs, music festivals and other specially curated experiences to put on your calendar this summer. This list may not include every summer event in Oakland.
- Oakland First Friday | September 2
- Hiero Day | September 5
- PrideFest Oakland | September 11
- Bad Bunny: World's Hottest Tour | September 14
- More Events This Summer
Oakland First Friday | September 2
September is Oakland Pride Month, and while our sister across the Bay might get the national rep, Oakland boasts the third-highest rate of LGBT-headed families in America. Come to the Oakland First Friday in September and celebrate our diversity across the human spectrum.
Hiero Day | September 5
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. Get your tickets today!
PrideFest Oakland | September 11
Pridefest Oakland was born in 2021 after the faltering of the existent Oakland Pride. Out of love for Oakland’s LGBTQ/Queer Community, a half dozen of Oakland’s BIPOC business & nonprofit leaders have come together to re-envision Oakland’s LGBTQ pride celebration. Join us as we come together to celebrate the diversity and beauty that is held within Oakland on Sunday, September 11!
Bad Bunny: World's Hottest Tour | September 14
Bad Bunny is a Latin trap, reggaeton, and dancehall singer who has reached fame with his unique approach to urban music, most notably in his singles “Sensualidad”, “Te Boté” and “I Like It." Whether busting out ‘90s-era raver moves or tenderly crooning away to a heartfelt ballad, Bad Bunny guarantees to put on an exhilarating show at RingCentral Coliseum. Get tickets now!
Other Fun Events to Check Out This Summer:
- Oakland First Fridays | Monthly
- Explore the Oakland Vegan Trail | All Year
- Oakland Roots Home Games | June - October
- Friday Nights at OMCA | All Summer
- Waterfront Flicks at Jack London Square | June - July
- Live Concerts in Oakland | All Summer
Looking to fill up your calendar even more? Check out our events page for an up-to-date list of what’s happening in The Town.