Oakland Art Murmur has been running a free monthly art walk, known as The Art Murmur, since 2006. On this the first Friday of each monthh, 24 member galleries and 7 mixed-use venues are open to the public and hold artists receptions from 6–9 pm.
Since summer of 2012, Oakland First Fridays (a city, CBD, and community volunteer-run partnership) has been hosting an eight-block street festival in Uptown on Telegraph Ave between 19-27th Streets (5-10pm), with live music, food trucks and other vendors. If you like a festival, you know where to find it.
Oakland Art Murmur