Oakland First Fridays is an immersive art and community experience on the first Friday of each month from 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Telegraph Avenue from West Grand to 27th Street. Oakland's KONO district springs to life with for this event, with galleries, artist collectives, street artists, local culinary artisans, performers, musicians, dancers, DJ’s, and poets gathering for Oakland First Friday events.
Thousands of people come from across the Bay Area and beyond to see and experience art, be inspired, eat great food, enjoy live music, and stroll through the amazing, eclectic city of Oakland. An economic impact report shows that the Oakland First Fridays has a major, positive economic impact on the KONO community. To learn more, download the economic impact report by Victoria Swift.
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Oakland Art Murmur (OAM) focuses on promoting the awareness, visibility, understanding, and vibrancy of visual art in our wonderful city. OAM strives to increase access to, and participation in, abounding rich and diverse local visual art experiences for the residents of Oakland, the Greater Bay Area, and visitors to our community.
OAM’s aim is to aggregate information and to be a resource concerning Oakland’s visual arts for the public and the broader arts community.
Oakland First Fridays is an immersive art and community experience on the first Friday of each month on Telegraph Avenue from West Grand to 27th Street. Every First Friday from 5–9:30 pm, Oakland's KONO district springs to life with for this event, with galleries, artist collectives, street artists, local culinary artisans, performers, musicians, dancers, DJ’s, and poets gathering for Oakland First Friday events.
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.
We strive to be the premier Oakland First Fridays Event as the epicenter for the community to come together to celebrate, sustain & support the arts.
Event History 11 years ago in 2006, a collective of art gallery owners now known as Art Murmur, created-a-once a month art gallery walk which included “The 23rd Street Fair” organized by the Rock Paper Scissors collective. This fair exploded into what is now Oakland First Fridays: the most renowned art, music, food and cultural community event in the Bay Area. In 2013, the KONO CBD non-profit organization assumed responsibility for producing the event each month.
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