Oakland First Fridays Festival
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there an entrance fee?
Oakland First Fridays is free and open to the public! But we rely on community support to keep our festival alive! You can make a donation online here, or at our festival entrance on West Grand & Telegraph Avenue.
When does the street festival start / end?
Oakland First Fridays Street festival happens on the first friday of each month, from 5pm - 9:00pm. If the event becomes cancelled due to rain, an announcement will be made Wednesday the week of the event. Check back on our website or facebook page for updates!
Where is Oakland First Fridays located?
Our festival entrance is located at the intersection of West Grand and Telegraph Avenue, and spans 5 blocks down to 27th Street in Oakland’s KONO District. View the location on google maps here.
Our festival is wheelchair accessible and family friendly. People of all ages are welcome to attend. If bringing a dog, it must remain on a leash at all times. Our events bring over 30,000 attendees, so expect large crowds, and amplified sound from our multiple stage and performance areas. There are Porta Potties available on 23rd St, 24th St, 25th St and 26th St. For exact locations, check out our festival map here.
We recommend taking public transportation to Oakland First Fridays. The closest Bart Station is the 19th Street stop, which is only a few blocks away. The 12 (Grand Ave. & MacArthur Blvd.), 51A (Broadway), and 6 (Telegraph Ave.) AC Transit buses also come right to the KONO District. On weekdays and weekend evenings, the free Broadway shuttle runs every 12-15 minutes up and down Broadway from 26th to Jack London.
Oakland First Fridays’ pick up and drop off location is located on Valley and 23rd street. Limited Metered parking is available on side streets near Telegraph Avenue, so make sure to bring quarters! If you chose to park on the street, we advise you to not leave any valuable items inside your car. If you’d rather park in a garage, here is a list of garages close by.
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Alcoholic beverages are served exclusively within our Sake Garden, located in front of Gogi Time at 23rd St and Telegraph Avenue. Otherwise, no alcohol is allowed at the street festival. We do not tolerate the consumption of alcohol in our festival streets. If you’re interested in drinking alcohol, we advise for you to visit our Sake Garden or one of the many bars and restaurants in the KONO district. Drink responsibly!
How do I become a vendor?
We welcome artists, craftspeople, DIYers and food artisans to share and sell their work with the community! You can apply here.
How do I perform?
We are always looking for new and emerging talent to perform at Oakland First Fridays! For more info and to apply, visit here.
How do I become a sponsor?
Oakland First Fridays is the most well-attended event in the Bay area, touting an audience of 30,000+ at each festival, as well as lots of local press coverage. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, we’d love to work with you! Visit http://oaklandfirstfridays.org/SPONSOR/ or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
How do I become a volunteer?
Volunteering is a great opportunity for you to connect with your community, work as a member of a team, meet new people, and gain references for future employment or academic advancement. You’ll also get free food and a t-shirt for volunteering. We have in-office and day-of-event volunteer positions. For more information, visit: http://oaklandfirstfridays.org/volunteer/ or check out our volunteer orientation video!
How do I report a crime?
Community safety at our events is very important to us. We partner with the Oakland Police Department and VMA Security Group to provide safety and security patrols within and around the festival. To report a crime, you may speak with an Oakland Police Officer, VMA Security staff, visit the security tent at our festival entrance, or notify an Oakland First Friday staff member (identifiable by our neon yellow or orange vests). We advise guests to not leave any valuables in your car or visible from outside your vehicle.
What to do after the Festival?
Oakland First Fridays street festival ends at 9:00 pm, but nightlife within the KONO district still goes on! Visit one of the many bars, nightclubs or restaurants in the neighborhood. For a list of locations and events, check out the Koreatown-Northgate Business Directory: http://www.koreatownnorthgate.org/shop-dine/
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