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Art & Soul 2021 is cancelled. Please stay tuned for 2022 event updates.

Oakland’s magnetic Art + Soul festival, celebrating local spirit, style, creativity, and pride, takes place every summer. The annual assemblage of world artists that call Oakland home will bring together the people of America’s most diverse and culturally exciting city to honor its rich musical heritage. 

The ever-evolving festival fuses new activities and annual favorites including (but not limited to) an artisan marketplace, a tempting array of food booths, an eclectic world/urban dance stage, dance battles, aerialists, contortionists, acrobats, mural paintings, and the largest Family Fun Zone of any festival in the Bay Area with kiddie rides, carnival games and interactive arts.

Tens of thousands are expected for the popular two-day event packed with sensational music, food, fun, dance and art in beautiful downtown Oakland. Blues, R&B, Soul, Funk, Gospel, Rock, Latin, Turf and Urban/World Dance will take place on four stages.