The past few years have proved that health is wealth! Together, we want to build a community that attains a happy, healthy, and sustainable lifestyle. Join us on April 7th for HEAL-THY HOOD, a celebration of health, wellness, and community!
We are asking our beloved community to come together to save this event from going away, Please donate (GoFundMe OR CashApp $OaklandFirstFridays)
Our limited edition
✨Oakland First Friday Logo T-shirt✨
is available for purchase! Help us fundraise to keep our cause alive. T-shirts will be available for sale starting May 6th and will continue to be available every First Friday event at our booth on 26th and Telegraph! Can't wait to see you rep our stuff 😎
T-Shirts are $25 each ranging from sizes XS-3XL
March was BeYou-tiful! Oakland First Fridays is proud to house a vast number of womxn owned businesses! We are so thankful for our women vendors, volunteers, event staff, and First Friday patrons! Extending our deepest appreciation for all your hard work, passion, and beauty you contribute to our world!
At this month's event, we featured all female entertainment at our Main Stage and 21+ KONO Lounge, down to our DJs and emcee! We loved having women of different ages, walks of life, backgrounds, and talents grace our stage! Thank you to the following women for sharing their talents at our festival, check them out: Spoken word artist: Angela Drew, sister duo: Ysenia and Yasmine, singer-songwriter: Cherronda G, singer-artist developer: Leah Marie, actress and comedian: Memaw Jankins, main Stage Emcee: Sterling James "YourBayBaby", Main Stage DJ: DJ Chris.SJ, and KONO Lounge DJ, DJ K-Fresh!
At the end of every First Friday, food recovery volunteers collect surplus meals from our food vendors and pack them to be redistributed for hungry community members. Thank you to our Recycling & Waste Sorting lead, Marria, for taking the collections to Homies Community Center!
Thank you, Oakland for an amazing first First Friday of 2023! Despite our initial postponement, we showed up and showed out to celebrate BLACK LOVE! This event was our twist to showcase the rich Black History and Black Excellence of Oakland mixed with Valentine's Day. In February, our newest activation space in front of the Moxy Hotel was dedicated to Black authors and artists as well as our SoulBeatz Drummers! We are so grateful for the individuals who shared their talent and stories with us in this space. We look forward to having them back to continue our mission to celebrate, sustain, and support Oakland's creative economy! We want to thank the Oakland African American Chamber of Commerce and Todos Restaurant for sponsoring our Black Love event! The OAACC Board and Team strongly supports Oakland businesses and were present at our event to offer any knowledge or services in a "speed dating" format. Todos Cantina and Cocina (walking distance from our festival!) has a Mexican inspired menu, vibrant street art, and happy hour everyday from 4-6PM! Use code FF2 for $5 off any order over $10 valid until 2/23/23!
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