Oakland's signature monthly event!
See you on December 2nd for Frosty Fridays!

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Oakland First Fridays! 

Oakland First Fridays is currently in jeopardy of losing our event. Our last expected event would take place in October of 2022. We are asking our beloved community to come together to save this event from going away, Please donate (GoFundMe OR CashApp $OaklandFirstFridays)
If you are interested in volunteering or joining a Oakland First Friday Committee to raise funds, Please contact us at volunteers@oaklandfirstfridays.org.

Oakland First Fridays is Oakland's nonprofit signature monthly celebration of arts, culture, food and community. It happens on the first Friday of the month from 5pm-9pm on Telegraph Avenue from West Grand to 27th Street. It draws up to 30,000 people from Oakland and the surrounding areas to celebrate our unique community. It is a free event open to people of all ages, and we keep vendor fees low so we can create opportunities and reduce barriers to entry for Oakland’s small businesses and artistic entrepreneurs. Monthly themes focus on the communities of Oakland including LGBTQ Pride, Black Love, Latin Pride, Youth, Women and more.

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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.

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We're hosting a Toys and Coats Drive this holiday season! Please consider donating to help those in need. We are accepting new, unwrapped kids toys and new/gently used coats and sweaters.

Drop off locations are throughout the KONO District:
1. Oakland First Fridays/KONO Office
2. Starbucks located on 28th & Telegraph
3. Telegraph Wine and Spirits

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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

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

Every First Friday reminds us just how grateful we are for YOU and the rest of our community! This month was a celebration of everyone's contribution (big and small) to make this event happen!

With our November event just being a couple days after Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), an alter was set up on our footprint. Our main stage made sure you were THANKFUL for coming to November's First Friday! Dos Four and Gambizi started our Friday night party with their Hip-Hop and Latin Fusion Music that had our attendees groovin! A comment from our Instagram, "I challenge anyone to listen to @dosfour and NOT want to dance"... everyone certainly lost that challenge! Sorry, not sorry.Invited back to our Main Stage was Cielo Contreras, the second place winner from August's Oakland's Got Talent! She performed covers of Tennessee Whiskey by Clark Stapleton and Maria Maria by Santana adding ad libs dedicated to Oakland which we definitely appreciated. What a great way to promote our Talent Show for December!To close out or night was the alternative soul ensemble, Noah and the Arkiteks. New to First Fridays, they set our souls on fire with a combination of covers and original songs like "Soul Fire". Thank you to all our performers and make sure to check them out on socials if you enjoyed their vibe!

Since its start, Oakland First Fridays has provided a platform for different cultures to share their histories, traditions, and cultural expressions. As a proud project of Koreatown Northgate, October 7th honored Korean Culture! In addition to our beloved usual food and retail vendors, this evening will be a celebration of Korean art, culture and accomplishments! Our Main Stage on Telegraph and 27th will be dedicated to showcasing Korean Culture and entertainment hosted by the Oakland & East Bay Korean American Association.

Our main stage featured more than 18 Korean performing artists, musicians, and group demonstrations! Thank you to our local dignitaries like Council Member Carroll Fife, Supervisor Keith Carson, and City Administrator Ed Reiskin for stopping by for acknowledgements. This night was so special for our district! We want to continuously thank event day volunteers for their hard work and dedication to our program! This October was the highest number of volunteers who had participated in 2022. Their contribution is valued and we could not tackle a busy event day without them. Let's keep it going!

Beyond the Booth: INSTAGRAM LIVE

Join our Instagram live Friday, August 26th @7:30PM!

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! 

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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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