Oakland, California is a city that knows how to have fun, especially on Fridays. Every week, locals and visitors alike gather together to enjoy a variety of exciting events and activities. From live music and delicious food to art exhibits and dance parties, there's something for everyone to enjoy.

In this blog, we'll take a closer look at some of the most popular Friday activities in The Town. Whether you're a longtime resident or on a weekend getaway, you won't want to miss out on the fun!

Fairyland Toddler Storytime

Children's Fairyland in Oakland hosts Toddler Storytime every Friday, a fun and interactive program aimed at encouraging language development in young children. The program features reading, singing, and movement activities led by adult volunteers.

Location: 699 Bellevue Ave, Oakland, CA 94610
When: Every Friday at 10:30am, and again at 3pm. Included in park admission.

*Subject to change, please check website before visiting.

Friday Nights at OMCA with Off The Grid

This event is perfect for reconnecting with family, friends, and the community while enjoying delicious food and drinks from Off the Grid's rotating lineup of food trucks. OMCA also offers a variety of programs and activities for all ages, including live music, dance performances, and art-making activities.

Location:1000 Oak St, Oakland, CA 94607
When: Every Friday night from 5pm to 9pm. Free community event.

*Subject to change, please check website before visiting.


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Friday in Old Oakland

The Old Oakland Farmers' Market is a vibrant and diverse farmers' market that takes place every Friday from 8am to 2pm in Oakland's beautiful and historic downtown district. This market is known for its wide selection of fresh and affordable produce. In addition to the delicious fruits and vegetables, visitors can also enjoy food trucks and explore local crafts.

Location: 9th Street at Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607
When: Every Friday from 8am to 2pm, open year-round: rain or shine.

*Subject to change, please check website before visiting.

The Friday’s farmers market in Old Oakland is one of the best in the whole city, and the variety is not only represented in the food and fresh produce, but also in the color and flare of local characters who shop there.

Live Music Series at Jack London Square

Don't miss the chance to experience Jack London Square's outdoor summer music performances. As part of the center's summer music series, this event promises an unforgettable evening of live music. Whether you're a fan of their music or simply looking for a vibrant and entertaining Friday night, this free event is open to the public.

Location: 55 Webster St, Ste. 66-055, Oakland, CA 94607
When: Every Friday for the Summer, from 7pm to 9pm.

*Subject to change, please check website before visiting.

Oakland First Friday

Oakland's First Fridays is a monthly art and community experience that takes place on the first Friday of every month in the KONO district. Featuring galleries, street artists, local culinary artisans, performers, musicians, dancers, DJs, and poets, the event attracts thousands of people from across the Bay Area.

Location: Telegraph Ave. between 22nd and 27th, Oakland, CA 94607
When: 1st Friday of every month, from 5pm to 9pm.

*Subject to change, please check website before visiting.

Taylor Jay’s Friday Happy Hour

The Taylor Jay Collection hosts a weekly Happy Hour every Friday from 3-6 pm. With a focus on sustainability and comfort, their pieces are crafted from high-quality fabrics and designed to empower women of all shapes and sizes.

Location: 2355 Broadway Ste. 1, Oakland, CA 94612 and 5550 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94619
When: Every Friday from 3pm to 6pm.

*Subject to change, please check website before visiting.


Yoshi's in Oakland, California is a renowned jazz venue and Japanese restaurant. It has earned a reputation as the Bay Area's premier destination for exceptional Japanese cuisine and live jazz music. This iconic establishment has hosted some of the biggest names in the music industry, including Grammy-winning artists from various genres.

Location: 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland, CA 94607
When: Show every Friday.

*Subject to change, please check website before visiting.

Trumpet Player at Yoshi's

Events Hosted by Black Cultural Zone

The Black Cultural Zone holds various events throughout the year, including art exhibits, cultural festivals, and community gatherings that celebrate Black heritage and promote Black entrepreneurship.

Fo'show Friday

The Black Cultural Zone's Fo'show Friday event is a celebration of Black culture and community that takes place every first Friday of the month in Oakland's Uptown neighborhood. This free event features shopping, entertainment, and opportunities to connect with the community.

Location: 1955 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607

When:1st Friday of every month from 5pm to 8pm. Free community event.

*Subject to change, please check website before visiting.

Salsa 'N' Skate

Salsa ‘N’ Skate is a vibrant and exciting event hosted by the Black Cultural Zone in Oakland. This event combines the joy of roller skating with the energy of salsa dancing, creating a unique and unforgettable experience for all attendees. Join the Black Cultural Zone community for a night of music, dancing, and fun on wheels.

Location: Liberation Park 7101 Foothill, Oakland, CA 94607

When: 3rd Friday of every month from 5pm to 10pm. Free community event.

*Subject to change, please check website before visiting.

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