January 4, 2018
STREET FESTIVAL OFF DUE TO RAIN
Galleries & Other Events Remain Open*
The Oakland First Fridays Street Festival, Spoken Art on January 5th, is off due to the predicted rain. Though live music and performances will not be on the streets, the public is encouraged to check out the other First Friday events happening in the area*. We risk damaging the integrity of the live art, paintings, welded crafts, musical equipment and more by exposing the work of artists and participants to the rain and humidity. Telegraph Avenue will be open to cars and individuals to enjoy the KONO district bars, clubs and art galleries.
Oakland First Fridays Celebrates Black Arts In February
We are back on for First Fridays on February 2, 2018 as we come together for “#BlackArts," where Oakland First Fridays is celebrating Black History Month. The public is welcome to come by to support local artists and performers of the black community and beyond.
*Things To Do This First Friday, January 5th
Outside of the First Fridays street festival there is plenty to do in the area. 1)Nomadic Press is hosting readings by 4-5 authors in their intimate space on the corner of 23rd and Telegraph. 2) Porsche Kelly, a.k.a. The Poet Activist, will also perform her spoken word at Nomadic Press. 3) Classic Cars West is hosting its opening exhibition for 2018, Things Change: Soft Sculpture and Stop Motion by Lauren Corden. Corden’s papier mâché and exaggerated soft-sculptures will create an immersive make-believe environment, while her stop-motion video work reveals detailed views of the unseen processes of daily life. 4) Oakland Art Murmur is hosting its First Friday Art Walk, where more than 50 galleries are open to visit for free. 5) SLATE's contemporary exhibition will be open late, featuring three artists examining modernism through playful forms, colors, and lines. 6) All Out Comedy Theater is hosting a Free Open Mic night, where all are welcome to participate at a fun and friendly stand up night. 7) Warehouse 416 on 26th Street is holding the opening night of its Third Annual Exhibit, “Art Junket”.
Special thanks to our January 2018 Sponsors
barkTHINS, Imperfect Produce, Farm Fresh To You, Flax Art & Design, Movement Ink, The Port Workspaces, SpotHero Parking, Talking Rain Beverage, Telegraph Health Center.