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. 

  1. Hiero Day | September 4
  2. PrideFest Oakland | September 10
  3. Art & Soul Festival | September 17
  4. More Events This Summer

Hiero Day | September 4

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!

PrideFest Oakland | September 10

Pride Parade 2017

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 10!

Art & Soul Festival | September 17

Art & Soul Festival

Art + Soul returns to downtown Oakland’s Frank Ogawa Plaza on Sunday, September 17, 2023 with their 21st annual festival! Free to the public, this year’s event will feature live Blues, Gospel, Jazz, Hip Hop, Dance, and more on three stages, children’s activities, as well as scores of artisan, commercial, nonprofit, community, and food booths.

Other Fun Events to Check Out This 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.