First Fridays is Back!

Through the support of our generous community (you), local leaders and sponsors, and the diligent work of our staff, we're ecstatic to announce that First Fridays is back!

We still need your help to get things running smoothly! Please support us in the re-opening of this cherished event..

Welcome Back Countdown

Our Mission

We support Oakland creators.
Our mission is create a free, family-friendly, inclusive gathering for our community. Our goal is create a safe space for all, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or background. Oakland First Fridays serves as an incubator for small businesses, artists and performers alike. Every month we come together to provide a relatively affordable platform that allows our vendors to showcase their work, network with other business owners and connect with the community. Oakland First Fridays is a driver of economic activity for brick-and-mortar businesses as well as our vendors.

April 5th: Welcome Back!

We're thrilled to be back and ready to celebrate what Oakland First Fridays is all about! After a brief pause, the heart of the city is pulsating with life, creativity, and community spirit once more. Join us for a night of art, music, delicious food, and vibrant culture. It's time to rekindle the magic and embrace the energy of this beloved event!

#EveryDollarCounts

We are thrilled to announce the launch of our Every Dollar Counts Campaign, dedicated to ensuring the continued success of Oakland Friday Fridays. This cherished community event has brought so much joy to Oakland, and we need your support to keep it thriving! Your contribution, no matter the amount, can make a significant impact in preserving this beloved tradition. Join us in our mission to reach our fundraising goal and sustain the vibrancy of Oakland Friday Fridays!

OUR INITIATIVES

Oakland First Fridays is a program of the Koreatown Northgate Community Benefit District.

Community Festival
Professional Development
Civic Initiatives

Event Recaps & Other News

We extend heartfelt gratitude to all who participated in our Frosty Friday event this December! Your steadfast dedication and excitement were crucial in orchestrating our final event of the year. We deeply appreciate your continuous support and the priceless impact you've made on our community, turning this event into something truly extraordinary!

During our recent event, we featured distinct activation zones that unquestionably captivated attention with visually stunning displays! Attendees enjoyed a variety of experiences, from the energetic Zumba Zone and the rhythmic vibes of SoulBeatz Community Drum Circle to Turf Inc’s mesmerizing performances, the Gingerbread Winter Wonderland at the Kid Zone, and an enchanting Santa Meet and Greet with an amazing coco bar! This array of activities offered an exceptional and diverse range of immersive experiences that thoroughly entertained and delighted many!

On our main stage, we had VIVE Oak Church! Vive Oak had the crowd in constant motion throughout the night with their incredible choir. The captivating harmonies and powerful performances kept the audience engaged and filled the night with an electrifying energy. The choir's talent and passion were truly remarkable, creating an unforgettable experience for everyone in attendance. Join VIVE Church Oakland for worship services every Sunday at 9:30am and 11:30am. Services are held on 252 2nd Street. For more information follow them on Instagram @vive.oakland or visit: https://www.vivechurch.org/oakland

Once more, we express sincere appreciation to everyone who took part in our Frosty Friday event! Your attendance and support played a pivotal role in emphasizing the robust spirit of community in our city.

A huge thanks to everyone who joined us for our November, Oh, Give Thanks event! Your unwavering commitment and enthusiasm played a vital role in putting together our second to last event of the year. We are profoundly grateful for your ongoing support and for your invaluable contribution to our community, which has made this event genuinely extraordinary!

This past event we had various activation zones that were undeniably attention-grabbing and visually striking! There was a bit of everything for all attendees, including a Zumba zone, the SoulBeatz Community Drum Circle, Turf Inc’s performances, the Oakland Originalz showcase, an Art Wall, and the iconic Fashion Show. This assortment of activities provided an extraordinary and diverse selection of immersive experiences that enthralled and delighted many!

On our main stage, we were treated to two incredible performances by TRAEDONYA! and Fred Ross. TRAEDONYA! started us off with her unique blend of genres and her powerful voice! Her music is truly a mix of hip hop, jazz, blues, soul, electro, reggae and funk. Up next, taking the night away we had Fred Ross take on the stage. It was truly amazing and everyone was on their feet, dancing the night away. The lively tunes had people grooving to the rhythm, creating a vibrant and unforgettable atmosphere. It was a night of non-stop dancing and pure musical bliss!

Once again, we extend our heartfelt gratitude to all who attended our Oh, Give Thanks event! Your presence and support were instrumental in highlighting the strong sense of community in our city.

Instagram Live: BEYOND THE BOOTH

Every month we highlight a few of our vendors and their road to entrepreneurship. Hear what local business owners have to say! Follow us on Instagram to make sure you don't miss our next live. And in case you miss it, you can watch our past Instagram lives on our YouTube channel & don't forget to subscribe! 

Past Lives:

2022 Live Beyond the Booth

March Live with Diedre Curry of SheeApparel

April Live with CatFitness & The Vegan Hood Chefs

May Live with Javi of Javi's Cooking

June Live with Chris of THREADZ

July Live with Jerk 'N It

August Live with OFF Team

September Live with Heal the Hood

October Live with OFF Team


Oakland First Fridays is a program of the KONO Community Benefit District, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in Oakland, CA.

Office Location: 2633 Telegraph Ave Suite 109, Oakland, CA 94612
Office Hours: Mon-Fri, 9:30am-3:30pm
Office Phone:
(510) 361-0615
EVENT DAY: We do not check phone calls and emails on the day of the event.


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