In the beginning, Oakland Art Murmur was a gallery walk. But within a few short years from when it started in 2006, the first-Friday-of-the-month event has grown to a bona fide grand affair. Attendees have stretched into the five figures: Try up to 20,000 attendees.

Getting the terminology right

Oakland Art Murmur -- More than 40 galleries open their doors, debuting artist shows. It spans the neighborhoods from Uptown, Downtown, Lake Merritt, Jack London, Old Oakland, North Oakland, West Oakland and Jingletown. Every Friday from 6:00pm-9:00pm. More Info

First Friday -- Live music & DJs, dancing, and food trucks on Telegraph Ave. from West Grand to 27th Street. It's here you will find the most crowds. First Friday of every month from 5:00pm-9:00pm. More Info

Saturday Stroll -- A weekly event when many of the same galleries who participate in Art Murmur open their doors to art admirers. This is a quieter and more focused time to view art at your own pace and visit with Oakland Art Murmur gallery directors. Checking the independent galleries calendars might reveal a literary reading or a special talk. Every Saturday from 1:00pm-5:00pm. More Info

The Great Wall or GWO No, we're not in China -- people are referring to the Great Wall of Oakland, an extremely popular exhibit. Motion art screens on a 100-foot by 100-foot building on West Grand between Broadway & Telegraph. First Friday of every month 7:00pm-11:00pm. More Info

Floating -- The Float Center and Art Gallery is part gallery, part sensory deprivation experience. Just take a several minute time out in their isolation tanks.

Uptown / Downtown Walking Tour -- Follow the map on your own Public Art walking tour. More Info

Chinatown Mural Tour -- Oakland Art Murmur and Dragon School 99 collaborated to create this Mural Tour in Oakland’s Chinatown district. Dragon School provides youth and artists a unique place to experiment with street-art and public murals, and they created 99 murals in Chinatown. More Info