Some videos from over the years capturing the spirit of the festival then and now. If you’re interesting in doing video at Oakland First Fridays, get in touch with us!

Oakland first Fridays!

Directed by Ben Gilbarg, whose Big Picture Anthems also put together important work like Fuel Change Anthem and the STEAM the Streets series.

june 7, 2019: What does Oakland First Fridays mean to you?

On June 7, 2019, Spiel – A One Man Production House asked that question and here is what people had to say.


A public service announcement featuring vendors, partners, performers and community sending the message about who we are, produced by MoPix Creative.

July 6, 2018

A recap of our “Art of D.I.Y.” event, shot and edited by Desiree Harris and directed by Alicia Rivera.

December 7, 2017

Highlights from a holiday season festival, produced by Center Cut Studio.

KQED Truly CA: First Fridays

This documentary captures Oakland First Fridays at a critical moment in 2013, as the event grew beyond anyone’s original vision and shortly before the KONO Community Benefit District was asked by the city to step in as its producer.
It’s a fascinating slice of history in this storied event’s history.