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Every First Friday of each month
Oakland First Fridays is an immersive art and community experience on the first Friday of each month from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Telegraph Avenue from West Grand to 27th Street. Oakland's KONO district springs to life with for this event, with galleries, artist collectives, street artists, local culinary artisans, performers, musicians, dancers, DJ’s, and poets gathering for Oakland First Friday events.
This free event brings in thousands of people that come from across the Bay Area and beyond to see and experience art, be inspired, eat great food, enjoy live music, and stroll through the amazing, eclectic city of Oakland. An economic impact report shows that the Oakland First Fridays has a major, positive economic impact on the KONO community. Monthly themes focus on the communities of Oakland including LGBTQ Pride, Black Love, Latinx Pride, Youth, Women and more.
Oakland First Fridays themes for 2022
Family Fun Carnival Theme
Oakland First Fridays is a free family friendly community event! Join us on August 5th for a
carnival theme event, it will surely be fun for the whole family!
September is Oakland Pride Month, and while our sister across the Bay might get the national rep, Oakland boasts the third-highest rate of LGBT-headed families in America. We’ll have programming to celebrate our diversity across the human spectrum.
Korean Culture Fest
Oakland First Fridays provides a platform for different cultures to share their histories, traditions, and cultural expressions; Join us on October 7th for the Korean Culture Fest which is a celebration of Korean art, culture and accomplishments!
Oh Give Thanks!
Grateful for the community that makes up Oakland First Fridays! Join us on November 4th during this season of thanks and show your appreciation for the vendors, artists, and performers!
Join us on December 2nd for food, gifts, music and performing arts - this is a season of so much joy and love across many different communities of the world. Let’s gather this month to warm each other’s hearts with one-of-a-kind gifts from artists and retailers, arts, tasty treats at Oakland’s staple event.