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Our mission is to preserve Oakland First Fridays as an all inclusive, safe and vital community-driven platform to showcase  the emerging artists, makers, gourmet food vendors, musicians, cypher circles (dance battles, spoken word), drumming circles, acrobats, magicians, and many uniquely talented street performers and their audience.

By offering local and unique artist goods as an alternative market to the community, we hope to provide an accessible and affordable market space for local artists and makers. If this sounds interesting to you, join our team!

Be sure to also check out our Volunteer Orientation video!
(Left to Right) Jerry Armstrong, Dawna Knapp, Jeremiah Lee, Tanika O'Guinn, and Johnny Gipson, posing near the end of the night! Photo taken by Katrina Lee! www.msleedesigns.com
Photo taken by Katrina Lee! www.msleedesigns.com
Positions Available

Day of Event
- Pre-event Set-Up: 11:30am - 2:30pm
- Stagehand: 3pm - 9pm
- Performance Area Coordinator: 4:30pm - 7:30pm
- Gate Assistance: 4:30pm-7pm and 6pm - 9pm
- Bar Setup: 1pm - 4pm
- Bar Breakdown: 8pm - 12am
- Recycling Crew: 6pm - 9pm
- Social Media: 4:30pm - 9:30pm
- Photographer: 4pm - 9pm

We're looking for someone with a great artistic eye. *Ability to photograph action, low lighting and outdoors. You'll need to provide your own equipment, edit and post final photos to our shared Google drive within 7 days after the event.

- Vendor Check-in: 2:30pm - 5:30pm
- Stage Hand: 4pm - 9:30pm

*Must be able to lift 50lbs*
- Performance Area Coordinator: 4:00pm - 7:30pm

*Must have some management experience*
- Collecting Gate Donations: 4pm - 8pm & 7pm - 9:00pm
- Runner: 5pm - 8:30pm

*Must be at least 21 years old*
- Bar Support: 5pm - 9pm

*Must be at least 21 years old*
- Behind-the-scenes Oakland First Fridays volunteer: Monday - Friday 10am-4pm

To learn more email us at volunteers@oaklandfirstfridays.org.

Why should you volunteer?

Oakland First Fridays volunteers will receive a free food whenever they volunteer, community hours, and resume building skills.

How do you get started?

- Sign up using this form.

- Look out for reminders
Once you've chosen a time to volunteer, you’ll receive emails reminding you about your Spot! Our Volunteer Coordinator will email you about updates and upcoming opportunities to volunteer!

- Come to Volunteer Orientation
Join our entire team for a brief orientation on how you will help create another fantastic event. If you can’t make it to the orientation, don’t worry! Our Volunteer Coordinator will be emailing orientation papers the week of the event.

- Volunteer on the day of the event!
Come ready to support our festival team in producing one of the most amazing events in the Bay Area!



If you have any questions about volunteering, please email us at volunteers@oaklandfirstfridays.org.
Oakland First Fridays is a program of the KONO Community Benefit District, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in Oakland, CA.

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