see you on friday!

Funny to be celebrating First Friday on the Second Friday, but it wasn’t our decision. We appreciate the patience of our vendors and attendees as we contend with the myriad challenges of putting on a monthly celebration of Oakland arts, community and culture.

And what a celebration we have! The focus is on women and we’ve got some great performers lined up…this month we have host Yolanda Littles presenting DJ Snick at Night, Alia Faye, Netta Brielle and Shirlee Temper gracing the 24th Street Stage; as well as the interdisciplinary pop-up performance of FURY on 25th Street. Plus our standbys Curb Service, SoulBeatz Oakland and TURFinc will be giving it up throughout the event. As if that weren’t enough we’re also debuting the Oakland First Fridays Kid Zone on 23rd Street, with diversions for the whole family.

As always, Oakland First Fridays is free (though donations are always welcome).

ENTERTAINMEnt highlights



25th Street west of Telegraph
FURY, a concert experience inspired by the iconic movie, Mad Max - Fury Road, brings together the collaborative music making of indie-pop group, YASSOU with composer Kristina Dutton on a powerful original composition of music and sound. Choreographer Danielle Rowe created movement for another unusual collaboration between dancers from two world-class ballet companies, Alonzo King LINES Ballet and San Francisco
Ballet. Dancers share the stage with the musicians, portraying characters fighting for survival in a journey that moves between driving intensity and tender intimacy. Oakland-based muralists Guillaume Ollivier and Last Ones will be painting a large mural of Furiosa behind the band during the festival.



23rd Street on both sides of Telegraph
You asked, we heard! For July we are rolling out the Kid Zone, with entertainment and diversions for the whole family. This will be an ongoing part of Oakland First Fridays moving forward.


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.


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.



Telegraph at 27th
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.



Your host for the evening…
The award-winning founder of YAL Radio and Northern California, caters to the unseen, unheard and unkwnown independent artists globally and locally.


Snick is an acclaimed mobile DJ, with a reputation covering Oakland and beyond. She enjoys many genres of music—from 80-90s pop to hip-hop to top 40 to alternative—anything that makes you dance!


For Alia Faye, music is all about connection, to be able to share and relate life experiences to help bring us closer together. Her goal as a musician is to challenge not only herself, but the listener to reflect on the message of the song and apply it to their past or present situations. As part of Da MaddHouze Independent Label and a Nicola Strings endorsed artist, she enjoys playing in new places and meeting new people!


”Netta Brielle feels every single lyric and note, and they don't make them like her anymore.” — Buzzfeed


Nzuri is a Bay Area powerhouse singer/songwriter who brings electrifying stage presence, personality, and a whole lot of soul the moment she steps on stage.

Please note, our event permit specifies amplified music must end at 8:30…so that’s when the show has to end.


The KONO Lounge has moved from its previous location on 23rd up to Sycamore Street, one block south of 27th!
On top of the libations served up by Oakland First Fridays' renowned bistro, 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. Cheat Day aims to fill a gap that most nights and clubs miss with a well-rounded experience and high caliber DJ'ing.

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



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 23rd Street, 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!