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We have a double header this month! We’re celebrating the Korean Culture Fest and Oakland Pride Weekend we’ll have special performances and guests on the 24th Street Stage and throughout the event. And don’t miss the special interactive area being set up by the Chabot Space and Science Center in our Kid Zone (where we’ll be raffling off another custom playhouse!)
As always Oakland First Fridays is free for the whole family, but donations are always appreciated.

 

on the 27th Street stage…

Korea comes to KONO! Korean businesses are an anchor of our district, and we’ll be celebrating Korean arts and culture on a special stage at the 27th Street end of the festival. Here’s the lineup:

5:45:
UC Berkeley’s EGO, a Korean traditional drumming group  버클리이고사물놀이
At 6:00pm we will observe a moment of silence from all stages in memory of Tamales Martha vendor Doña Martha Casiano (see story below)
6:05: The National Anthems of the United States and Korea, sung by 9-year-old Ian Kim 국가독창 
6:10 Opening Statement by Joseph Jung, Chairman of the KONO Board of Directors and President of the Oakland / East Bay Korean-American Association
6:15: Speeches by
Sun Kwong Sze (Michael), Office of Mayor Libby Schaaf
Joon-Yong Park,
Korean Consul General 총영사 인사말
Steven Choi, Assemblyman District 68, Orange County
David Chiu,
Assemblyman District 17, San Francisco
Kansen Chu, Assemblyman District 25, San Jose
Mindy Landmark, Sutter Health and KONO Board Member
Jenny Kwak, President of the Korean American Association of San Francisco
6:30:
The Ilhyun Kim Dance Academy performing a fan dance.  김일현무용팀, 장구, 북, 부채춤
6:45: Taekwondo Demonstration 태권도시범
7:10: Korean Cultral Center Urisawe (KCCU) with a musical performance.  고미숙(우리사위) 춤
7:15: Hieojung Jo playing the geomungo, a Korean traditional musical instrument.  조혜정거문고연주
7:30: Korean Cultral Center Urisawe (KCCU) with a musical performance.  고미숙(우리사위) 춤
7:45: UC Berkeley’s EGO, a Korean traditional drumming group  버클리이고사물놀이
8:00: Our DJ spins K-POP till 8:30.

chabot space & science center comes to the kid zone!

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OAKLAND FIRST FRIDAYS KID ZONE starring THE CHABOT SPACE & SCIENCE CENTER!
23rd Street on both sides of Telegraph
Our Kid Zone is back! In addition to games and activities and our monthly playhouse raffle, the renowned Chabot Space & Science Center will be presenting a science activity center for the whole family!
As usual, we’ll be raffling off a handcrafted playhouse donated by Habitat for Humanity East Bay / Silicon Valley. You can enter at the festival, or by making a donation via our site, or via CashApp to $OaklandFirstFridays.

 

ON THE 24TH STREET STAGE

Your host for the evening…
PHILLIP WILSON of When In Need
Phillip Wilson (CM) Crowd Motivator have run (W.I.N) When In Need MC/DJ Services with Greg Harris (DJ Taz) for the more than thirty years on high profile events including Festival at Sea, Pro Bowl, Hundred Black Men and many charitable events, making every event memorable. For more information about W.I.N check out the web site www.winmcdj.com.

5:00-5:30
DJ SQUAROPOLIS OUMA
Happy to welcome back the proprietor of the Tight Fade Radio Simulcast of bayliferadio.com and alldayplay.fm to open the evening’s entertainment and provide dancing music between sets.

5:30-5:55
NOTES MUSIC ACADEMY
Notes Music Academy is Oakland's newest music school, featuring six fully-equipped teaching studios, instructors, instruments and educational tools designed to help students reach their highest and best potential as musicians. They wowed the audience with their August set and we’re looking forward to having them back.

At 6:00pm we will observe a moment of silence from all stages in memory of Tamales Martha vendor Doña Martha Casiano (see story below)

6:05-6:20
CHERRONDA G
Raised in Richmond CA, Cherronda has been singing and writing songs since the age of five and in the years since has performed with everyone from James Brown and Jamie Foxx to the St. John Baptist Church Choir. She’s the winner of three Black Music Awards, and has been nominated for many other awards. She’s currently making appearances as Cherronda G & All N2 Muzik Orchestra.

6:40-7:10
LORETTA LYNCH
“Is neo-twang an official genre? If so, this East Bay band that describes its sound ‘a little tear in your beer, a knife in the back, a little tongue in cheek’ could be a standard-bearer, with its three-part harmonies, slide guitars & abundance of attitude.” — Oakland Tribune
It's a little bit front porch, a little bit backwoods, it's the art motel on a long stretch of highway... it's Oakland’s own Loretta Lynch.

7:10-7:35
MOMMA’S BOYZ
Featuring Alex U. Inn, Momma’s Boyz are multi-award winning Drag King Sensations, and the only old-school hip-hop/R&B live-vocals Drag King performers in the country, if not the world. They're known for high-energy performances with political messages. They’ve played Oakland and SF Pride festivals and are coming to the 24th Street Stage fresh from performing at the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots at WorldPride NYC.

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7:45-7:50
SISTER BLESSING
The storied Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence will offer their trademark glitter blessing to all in honor of Oakland Pride weekend.

8:00-8:20
ENSAMBLE FOLCLORICO COLIBRI
Ensamble Folclórico Colibrí (EFC) Is a Mexican folklore dance group under the artistic directorship of Arturo Magaña. EFC’s mission is to promote the pride of identifying as an LGBTQ Latinx through the art of Mexican folklórico dance, and to preserve our costumes and traditions through cultural and educational projects as well as staged performances.

 

THROUGHOUT THE EVENT

Hella Tea and Square are TEAming up to bring you some of the best tea Oakland has to offer. Stop by their table to share a cup and learn how Square is working to empower the Oakland community and small business owners around the world.

IN MEMORIAM: DONA MARTHA CASIANO
We are sad to report that Doña Martha Casiano, a mother of five whose Tamales Martha has been with our event for years, was killed by random gunfire in Oakland over Labor Day weekend. Our hearts go out to her and her loved ones.
We will be observing a moment of silence in her memory from all stages at 6pm. A GoFundMe has been established for her family, and Churros Califas will be taking donations from their booth.

Special Pride Weekend Guests!
THE SISTERS OF PERPETUAL INDULGENCE
The Sisters are a global order of queer activist nuns. Currently celebrating their fortieth year, they began in San Francisco and were the first to put on fundraisers for people with AIDS and create safer sex pamphlets. They are known for their activism and philanthropy as well as just generally Promulgating Universal Joy and Expiating Stigmatic Guilt. Don’t be shy about asking for selfies, they get that all the time.

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ROBERT VARGAS
5:30-8:30pm on 25th and Telegraph
Robert Vargas is a visual artist known for his large-scale murals in Los Angeles and around the world. His work has attracted the attention of celebrities from Goldie Hawn to Snoop Dogg Robert’s taking a break from his current project, a 14-story mural that will be the largest ever painted by a single person, to do large-scale portraits at OakFF.

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MARIO B PRODUCTIONS RUNWAY FASHION SHOW
25th Street west of Telegraph
Mario B Productions was born out of the passion for Youth Development through the Arts. As a stylist, Mario has worked with the finest in the industry, however his heart remains with supporting our future - the Youth.

TURFinc
25th Street east of Telegraph
TURF dancing started in Oakland and TURFinc is on a mission to spread the culture and give urban youth a powerful and positive form of expression. It creates a safe and positive showcase for dancers to share their stories and skills to a broad audience.

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CURB SERVICE
Location TBA
Curb Service began playing on the streetcorners of Oakland, and are known for building a natural rapport with audiences in any setting. They feature Rob Woods as lead vocalist, Drummerboy Aaron on percussion, Kevin Freeman on sax and David Chapman documenting.

SOULBEATZ OAKLAND
6:00-8:30pm, on Telegraph by the main entrance at W. Grand
Soulbeatz Oakland has been a positive light in the East Bay for years. They create community through dancing and drumming, sharing drums with everyone from master drummers to children. All are welcome and it's fun for everyone.

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THE KONO LOUNGE
Sycamore Street at Telegraph
Oakland’s Favorite Pop-Up Art Bar is back on Sycamore! Cheat Day will spin tunes for dancing and socializing. They'll feature new and emerging music curated by members Joogmac, Dasboots, Salty Sherilyn, Jon Reyes, Lil Thow Wow and Druskee. We’ll also have a photo booth from LP the DJ on hand to help you make memories of your OakFF experience.

a big thank-you to our sponsors
for helping make the magic happen!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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FIRST FRIDAYS ENDS AT 9PM

To keep this event alive we need to keep the peace and clear the streets after shutdown, both in our footprint and the surrounding area.

  • Open alcohol inside of the event is prohibited except for the KONO Lounge on Sycamore, and inside the many bars in the event footprint.

  • Municipal codes on alcohol and illegal vending will be enforced during and after the event.

  • Riding bikes/scooters/skates/skateboards is not allowed because it endangers other eventgoers. Please walk your bikes and scooters and carry your skates and skateboard inside the event. Violators are subject to citation.

  • Parking can be scarce on First Fridays! Consider ridesharing, BARToractransit.

  • Tag us in your photos! #oaklandfirstfridays

  • Interested in vending, performing or volunteering? oaklandfirstfridays.org

  • For information on post-event activities, visit oaklandfirstfridays.org/afterwards

The following items are PROHIBITED at Oakland First Fridays

  • Weapons of any kind (including self-defense tools such as self-defense claws)

  • Illegal substances (including narcotics) or drug paraphernalia

  • Medical or recreational use marijuana

  • Alcohol (except in designated areas)

  • Glass containers

  • Bicycles, rollerblades, skateboards, scooters, or motorized vehicles of any kind (unless walked and not ridden).

  • Large chains or spiked jewelry

  • Fireworks, sparklers, or incendiary devices

  • Soccer balls, footballs, Frisbees, or other projectiles

  • Focused-light devices, including laser pointers

  • Items intended for sale/promotion unless you’re a registered vendor

  • Water guns, water balloons, and/or any other kind of water projectile

  • Any item that can be used as a means to disturb the peace, endanger the safety of the crowd, and/or inflict damage to people and goods

see you friday!