Our mission is to preserve 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!

 (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

(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

Photo taken by Katrina Lee! www.msleedesigns.com

Positions Available as a Volunteer:

Day of Event:
 

  • Pre-event Set-Up: 11am - 5pm

  • 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 - 7:30pm

  • Bar Cashier: 4pm - 9:30pm

*Must be at least 21 years old*

  • Bar Support: 4-7pm & 6:30pm - 9:30pm

*Must be at least 21 years old*

  • Behind-the-scenes Oakland First Fridays volunteer: Monday - Friday 10am-4pm 

To learn more call our volunteer coordinator Kimberly at (510) 361-0615 or email us at volunteers@oaklandfirstfridays.org.


Why should you volunteer?

Oakland First Fridays volunteers will receive a free OFF T-Shirt after their first shift, free food whenever they volunteer, community hours, and resume building skills.

How Do You Get Started?
 

1. Sign up HERE!

2. 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!

 

3. 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.

 

4. Volunteering On The Day Of Oakland First Fridays

Come ready to support our festival team in producing one of the most amazing events in Oakland!
 

Questions?

If you've got any questions about volunteering, please contact our volunteer coordinator Olivia Ramos at (510) 361-0615 or email us at volunteers@oaklandfirstfridays.org.