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Oakland First Fridays Street Festival

Oakland First Fridays Street Festival


Oakland First Fridays is Oakland's nonprofit signature monthly celebration of arts, culture, food and community. It happens on the first Friday of the month from 5pm-9pm on Telegraph Avenue from West Grand to 27th Street. It draws up to 30,000 people from Oakland and the surrounding areas to celebrate our unique community.

It is a free event open to people of all ages, and we keep vendor fees low so we can create opportunities and reduce barriers to entry for Oakland’s small businesses and artistic entrepreneurs. Monthly themes focus on the communities of Oakland including LGBTQ Pride, Black Love, Latinx Pride, Youth, Women and more.

The Oakland First Fridays festival has its roots in a number of community events, including the Community Council (a group of local vendors), a collective of gallery owners now known as Art Murmur and “The 23rd Street Fair” organized by the Rock Paper Scissors collective in 2006. As Art Murmur evolved into a citywide gallery crawl, the Community Council developed the Oakland First Fridays festival on Telegraph Avenue in 2011. It grew quickly in popularity and size, and in 2014 the Koreatown/Northgate Oakland Community Benefit District (KONO) assumed responsibility for producing it each month.

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Event Info

  • Recurrence: Recurring monthly on the 1st Friday
  • Location: Telegraph Avenue from West Grand to 27th Street.
  • Address: Oakland, CA
  • Time: 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Price: Free
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