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Oakland First Fridays is an organization dedicated to the grassroots deployment, coordination, maintenance, and sustainability of Oakland's monthly First Friday event. By facilitating a monthly event that is all inclusive, we exist to support local art, vendor, business, and social services organizations. Oakland First Fridays is committed to fostering strength and unity in the Oakland community. Each month, through strategic partnerships, we provide a community based platform for the culture of our city to flourish and grow.
Oakland First Fridays is an immersive community and art experience, and the premier monthly arts event on the West Coast, located on Telegraph Avenue from West Grand to 27th street. First Fridays has helped to bring positive recognition to the City of Oakland, generating commerce and revenue that benefits the City. Oakland First Fridays has been featured in the New York Times, the Huffington Post, and other publications.
Every First Friday from 5 PM to 9 PM, Oakland's cultural art community springs to life with a variety of street vendors, including Street Artists, Culinary Artisans, Local Artisans, Poets, Galleries, Artists Collectives and Literary Events; performers such as Musicians, Dancers, Live Painters, Comedians, and DJ’s, etc; creating the opportunity for these amazing vendors to gain exposure and sell their work.Every month up to 20,000 people come from all around the Bay Area and beyond to experience a variety of artistic expressions, be inspired, eat great food, enjoy live music, and stroll through the amazing, eclectic culture of Oakland First Friday and the city of Oakland.