march event highlights

TURFinc
5:00-8:30pm at 25th and Telegraph

TURF dancing was established in Oakland and TURFinc is on a mission to spread the culture, and provide an engaging way to give urban youth a powerful and positive form of expression.This powerful dance style is changing lives beyond the streets and creating a safe, positive environment where dancers and youth have the opportunity to showcase and share their stories and skills to a broad audience.

TURFinc dancers and Oakland First Fridays go way back, and they always put on a great show.

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SOULBEATZ OAKLAND
6:00-8:30pm, Telegraph by the main entrance at W. Grand

Soulbeatz Oakland is a community drum circle that's 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. 

Participants and members include people from Cape Verde, Haiti, Jamaica, Europe, Trinidad & Tobago, France, Nigeria, Sudan, Ethiopia, Mexico, Nepal, USA, and beyond. All are welcome and it's fun for everyone!

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SKATEBOARD WITH THE ROB SKATE ACADEMY
6:00-8:30pm, Telegraph by the main entrance at W. Grand

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. Their action-packed, fun-filled programs are tailored to different age groups and have been taught in schools and parks around the world.

He and his professionally-trained 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.

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CURB SERVICE
5:00-8:30pm on 25th Street, west side of Telegraph

Curb Service is a creative music group which began on the streetcorners of Oakland, and has since become a name known further than they ever expected. They're known for their natural rapport with audiences in any setting, providing the healthy energy which is greatly needed in our world. They feature Rob Woods as lead vocalist, Drummerboy Aaron on percussion, Kevin Freeman on sax and David Chapman curating and documenting. They showed up at the December OakFF and were a big hit, we're delighted to welcome them back again. Music lovers love Curb Service!

ON THE 24TH STREET STAGE

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WHEN IN NEED
24th Street Stage from 5:00-8:30pm

We're delighted to welcome Greg Harris (The Taz) and Phillip Wilson (CM) Crowd Motivator to the OakFF team! They've run When In Need MC/DJ Servicesfor more than thirty years for clients including Festival at Sea, Pro Bowl, Hundred Black Men and many fundraisers for first responders. They share a passion for bringing music and creativity together in a way that makes any event memorable and way fun, For more information about W.I.N  visit their web site or call (510) 395-2129.

They've got an awesome lineup for Friday, including:

AFRIKA WE DANCE   is a local troupe bringing Central and West African dance to Oakland.

AFRIKA WE DANCE is a local troupe bringing Central and West African dance to Oakland.

KIMBALL HOOKER   is a seasoned singer, songwriter and producer with a global following.

KIMBALL HOOKER is a seasoned singer, songwriter and producer with a global following.

PRETTY KENNY     is a master of blues and R&B showmanship. He'll be presenting a hot new track off his forthcoming album  Soul Blues & Grooves  called For The Party.

PRETTY KENNY is a master of blues and R&B showmanship. He'll be presenting a hot new track off his forthcoming album Soul Blues & Grooves called For The Party.

NZURI SOUL   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.

NZURI SOUL 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.

AND IN THE TIKI GARDEN…

23rd Street west of Telegraph

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On top of the libations served upby Oakland First Fridays' own sidewalk bistro on 23rd Street, 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. They'll also feature guest DJ Mousetwat, DJ persona of Siri. Being from East Oakland, her music sets are heavily influenced by her hometown and the Bay Area culture. Her sets include a range of genres from classic hits, raps, and trap. Siri’s contrast between personas makes it a spectacle to see. 

DJ Mousetwat

DJ Mousetwat


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.

  • Drinking alcohol inside of the event is prohibited except for the Tiki Garden area 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

see you on friday, March 1, 2019, from 5:00-9:00pm
telegraph avenue between West grand and 27th street