Oakland's Signature Event,
see you on June 2nd!

Join Oakland First Fridays as we observe Juneteenth on June 2nd, also known as “National Freedom Day”, commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. Join us in the celebration of freedom and inclusion through the expressions of art, music, dance, and more!

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Thank you to our May Sponsors!


Want to showcase your talent?

✨Oakland's Got Talent✨ is BACK for our July event! Join us at Oakland's First Fridays for an unforgettable evening of talent showcase. Show off your skills on our Main Stage and be part of our July celebration of Independent Business Month. It's time to shine and share your unique artistry with our vibrant community!


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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

Can you stand the rain?
Here at Oakland First Fridays, we definitely did! We wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who came out to support our May event, Latin Pride. This was the first time in event history that it rained mid-event and we had to get creative! Despite the rain, we were pleased to see a fair turn out! This was a testament to the market we have curated around First Friday, and we are grateful for the support of our community. Thank you to all who came and supported us and our vendors!
As always, we were still able to provide a safe and welcoming space for the community to come together and support local businesses. Our vendors offered an array of delicious food and drinks, beautiful artwork and crafts, and unique clothing and accessories. We were thrilled to see so many people taking advantage of the opportunity to support small businesses and connect with their neighbors.

We would like to extend a special thank you to our vendors, who braved the rain and put in the hard work to make the event a success. Your dedication and commitment to our community is truly inspiring. We would also like to thank our event day staff and volunteers, who worked tirelessly to help set up and run the event.

As we look ahead to the next First Friday event, we are excited to continue showcasing the diverse cultures and communities that make Oakland such a special place. We will continue to work hard to create a safe and inclusive space where everyone is welcome. Thank you again to everyone who came out to support Latin Pride.

Thank you, Oakland for an amazing April event dedicated to creating a healthy, happy, sustainable community for all! This month, our newest space in front of the Moxy Hotel was hosted by the Heal the Hood Events' organizers Cat Fitness and The Vegan Hood Chefs. Together, their goal is to help educate, motivate, and inspire those in inner city communities through the health benefits of plant based nutrition and physical fitness! They offered free produce, vegan cooking demos, chair yoga, free music and performances! Check them out because they offer such life changing resources for the community!

Thank you to these talented individuals who took our Main Stage! Poets and performers alike, we love being a platform for local talent in Oakland!JR Rice, Tongo Eisen, Candace Culpepper, & BrvndonP! Shoutout to ProHoeZak for being a special guest in our line up!

Beyond the Booth: INSTAGRAM LIVE

Every month we highlight a few of our vendors and their road to entrepreneurship. Hear what local business owners have to say! View past Instagram lives on our YouTube channel & Don't forget to subscribe! 

March Live with Diedre Curry of SheeApparel

April Live with CatFitness & The Vegan Hood Chefs

May Live with Javi of Javi's Cooking

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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