friday, JUNE 7, 5:00-9:00pm!

Come one, come all, and witness the Art of Innovation! From digital designers to engineering masterpieces - this June we celebrate the artists that boldly go where no art has gone before.
We’re continuing to deliver on our promise to bring live performance and activities back to the event in a big way! Our June lineup includes Afrika We Dance, Griot B, Kimball Hooker, Ricky Watters Jr., The Phat Luv Band, a runway fashion show by Mario B Productions, a silent disco with Plural Music, The Clear Project, the TURFinc dancers, SoulBeatz Oakland, Curb Service and MORE…plus our usual array of art, craft, food and community.
As always, Oakland First Fridays is free (though donations are always welcome), and fun for the whole family.

ENTERTAINMEnt highlights



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. It’s been almost two years since we had his amazingness at Oakland First Fridays and we’re delighted to have him back!


23rd Street east of Telegraph
One Beat. One love. All genres welcome.
Plural Music is a platform for artists to create, collaborate, release, and perform their music.  Jamie Selects will be laying down the vibes with elements of soul, house, and hip-hop. 


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.



5:30-8:30pm, 23rd Street west of Telegraph
Rob Skate started the Rob Skate Academy ten years ago to provide safe spaces for young people to build confidence and promote mindfulness through skateboarding. Rob and his team will provide free open skate lessons at 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30; Skateboard, blade and scooter demos at 6:00, 7:00 and 8:00, and a not-to-be-missed Grand Finale Show at 8:15.



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.



24th Street east of Telegraph
The CLEAR Project (Communication, Literacy & Education for Agricultural Research) encourages young scientists at Cal to share science through diverse, engaging, community-oriented activities. They communicate research-supported information to emphasize the value of scientific research in providing food, feed, and fuel for the expanding population in the face of climate change.



Kimball Hooker is a seasoned singer and entertainer with a global following. He wrote and produced "Steppin Out”. It has gained the most attention with a line dance created by Patricia Lowe. Kimball’s music can be found on Spotify.


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Tamika Harris established Afrikawedance Team Win Dancers in 2016 and to embrace African dance and culture and express current day to day issues that face people of color. They are a group of talented, young, women of color who truly embrace kinship, culture, and world peace.



An active member of Hip Hop For Change, Ricky is a singer, rapper and musician who attends Oakland School for the Arts. His latest single Don't Stop shot in Oakland encourages young people to keep following their dreams and never give up. 


Griot B educates all about the histories of people of color. He teaches diverse crowds about race and equity, creating the first-ever albums of Black History (OURstory) and Latinx History album (Historia). His video “Black Made That,” produced by Big Picture Anthems, is an amazing piece of work.


We’re delighted to be welcoming Phat Luv Band back to Oakland First Fridays! They’re an organic Oakland-based band known for their eclectic covers and spiritual meditative originals. Whatever the genre, the audience is always both inspired and welcomed to participate.

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

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Now at Sycamore Street, west of Telegraph

Now at Sycamore Street, west of Telegraph

Photo by Eva Gibea

Photo by Eva Gibea

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.
Oakland-based guest DJ grlgod is an Oakland-based DJ, musician and co-founder of the DJ crew "BoUnCe". She has a deep love for electronic music of all kinds and the ways it channels energy on the dance floor; house, techno, jersey club, RnB, future beats, genre-bending music and more. grlgod has opened for Ana Sia, LUNY and others, playfully sampling music and blending sounds for the purpose of celebration and dance.

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



In other news…


— Telegraph Avenue, that is. For the last few years Oakland First Fridays, along with the Koreatown/Northgate Community Benefit District (which has managed the event since 2013), shared a couple windowless offices in the back of the Department of Make Believe at Telegraph and 23rd. This month we hauled everything to a storefront at 2633 Telegraph (the former Sears now known as Telegraph Lofts. The addition of natural light to our workday has been an amazing thing.

We said some goodbyes last month, and some helloes. Festival Coordinator Alessandra Chimienti Gibbs took a job across the Bay, where she’ll be coordinating events for Golden Gate Park’s Conservatory of Flowers. She oversaw some big changes during her tenure here, including driving a complete review of our procedures and setup during the November hiatus, helping draft our first long-term strategic plan, and bringing live music back to the event in a big way. We’ll miss her and we wish her the best.
Stepping in to those shoes is our new Festival Coordinator Greg Harris, who brings thirty years of experience as an event manager, DJ and performer (you may have caught him onstage with Pretty Kenny last month!) Greg was previously our Sound & Stage Manager, so he knows the event well. We’re also welcoming a new Vendor Coordinator, Jasmine Perez, who will be overseeing vendor relations, registration, payment and placement, as well as coordinating event volunteers.
On the intern front we bid a fond farewell to Frida Fonn Rod as she wings her way back to her native Norway. Frida did an amazing job lining up the volunteers who are so crucial to the event (if you’re interested in volunteering let us know!). And we welcomed Ellen Chua and Felisse Chua, two Cal students doing a year here from Singapore. They’ll be developing a phone app to make it even easier to find everything you’re looking for at Oakland First Fridays.



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!