march event highlights

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.


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!


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

The Rob Skate Academy has been providing mindfulness mentorship through the power of skateboarding, and showing people how to do it safely and properly. Their action-packed, fun-filled programs are tailored to different age groups and has been taught around the world in schools, parks and now at Oakland First Fridays.

Rob Ferguson started the Rob Skate Academy ten years ago provide safe spaces for young people to build confidence and promote mindfulness through skateboarding. He and his professionally-trained team will provide hands-on guidance in a safe environment experience the thrill that’s made skateboarding an Olympic sport. It’s free, open to all ages and skill levels, and equipment will be provided.


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

Curb Service is a creative music group which first appeared on street corners of Oakland. They've since become a name known further than they had ever expected. This group  is most famous for their natural ability to attend any event and have their sound and experience translate with all attendees from children to top-notch music enthusiasts. Providing the healthy energy which is greatly needed within the world has been their main goal since the group has formed.  

The core of the group is Rob Woods as lead vocalist, and Oakland’s own Drummerboy Aaron (who magnifies his talent every show).  Well-known saxophone player Kalin Freeman sets the tone with his smooth melodic tunes mixed in with beautiful elevated pitches.  David Chatman has been hands-on with the group for over a year now, helping create, curate and mold the team, as well as display his phenomenal talents from behind the lens. 

When not traveling they are often found playing for their communities, volunteering their energy to give back to home and create peace using their natural talents. Curb Service popped up at December’s event and were a big hit, so we’re delighted to have them back. They'll be playing from 5:00-8:30pm on 25th Street.


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

Greg Harris (The Taz) and Phillip Wilson (CM) Crowd Motivator have been running When In Need MC/DJ Servicesfor more than thirty years. Greg and Phillip have been working as a team for many clients from private, corporate and publicover the pass years they have been feature on high profile events such as Festival at Sea, Pro Bowl, Hundred Black Men and many of our 1st responders charitable events just to name a few  They have worked together with a passion and creative way through music and personality to bring together an atmosphere of fun and professionalism, no matter the event from Weddings, schools, or cruises they have maintained their level of excellence making every event an event to remember.

23rd Street west of Telegraph

On top of the libations served up by Oakland First Fridays' own sidewalk bar at 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.

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.

  • 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?

  • For information on post-event activities, visit

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