This is the go-to site for everything First Fridays and for the Oakland First Fridays Street Festival of Arts and Culture. This is where you find out how to find and reserve a space, perform, vend, show, volunteer, at the street festival event or post up what you are doing anywhere in Oakland on First Fridays. You can join the website for free ( at the moment ). As a member of the website, you will be able to put your location, post events, and post announcements of what you are doing on First Fridays.
Oakland First Fridays was born with the power of art and the strength of the artistic, creative, entrepreneurial, and innovative community that is Oakland.
Oakland First Fridays Festival of Art and Culture:
When: First Friday of Every Month Where: Telegraph Avenue from West Grand to 27th Set up: Streets will close to the public at 3:00 PM for set up- Contact the block coordinators ahead of time via email at email@example.com Event Times:
5:00-9:00 PM (within the street closure)
Event Location: Telegraph Avenue from West Grand to 27th Street and adjoining streets for Galleries (street closure area), Old Oakland 9th Street and Broadway (street closure area), and throughout Oakland.
It is up to all of us to give it shape together, to co-create, co-curate, self govern, support, and sustain this amazing event so that it safe for the public, respectful, and all have an appropriate spot for their creations from art, to design, to clothing, to food, to dance, to perform, to amplified music, to acoustic music, and to community groups getting their word out.
Oakland First Fridays Event Weekly Community Organization Meetings:
We invite you as a participant to join us every Wednesday from 6:30- 7:30 PM at the Oakland First Fridays Community Organization Meetings so we can get to know you and all of us work together to make Oakland First Fridays a continuing and amazing success for one and all. Please check the website for meeting locations.Location: Uptown Studios, 1738 Telegraph Ave., Oakland (please check the website for updates).
Public Safety. Ethics, and Respect
First Fridays are now around 20,000 people a month and are growing fast. Because of the number of people that come each month it is becoming potential risk to public safety. If anyone gets hurt then the OPD will come into our party. Again, it is up to all of us to make it safe and keep it safe for everyone.
We have to always remember to keep public safety a number one priority.
We have to practice respect for each other, private property, murals, and other public artworks.
We have to keep it clean.
Please keep the sidewalks and the fire lanes clear at all times for for pedestrians and emergencey vehicles.
As we add more spaces, potential full street closures, or partial street closures we will have even more space to create, vend, experience, and celebrate the arts and Oakland.
In order to make this event sustainable so that we can continue we need everyone participating to pitch in. This is our event. It is up to all of us who show art, things we create, perform, things we make, and things we cook- at Oakland First Fridays to work together to continue to make it happen. To that means, as of July, all Non-Food Vendors will be required to make a contribution as a small fee to participate in the festival within the street closure area.
Non-Food Vendor Fees (effective July 10th, 2013)
4'x4' Table $10 4'x6' Table $20 10'x10'' Booth $30 10'x10'' Tented Booth $40
10'x20' Booth $60
Payments can be paid in advance of the event via our paypal account OakFFfund@gmail.com, onsite via the Block Coordinator, or with the First Fridays Admin Assistant at Oakland First Fridays.
Please feel free to contact us directly via email at bc@oaklandfirstfridays with any questions.
Oakland was one of the first cities in the country to create a mobile food vending permit program. A decade later, mobile food vending has grown in popularity and diversity, both locally and nationwide. The City is in the process of revising its regulations to keep up with these changes and increase opportunities for entrepreneurs to start a new food vending business, while protecting the health, safety, comfort, convenience, and general welfare of the community.
Right now all Food vendors are in designated areas at Oakland First Fridays event. All food vendors need to pay their space reservation fees via paypal and to present the required documents and be approved by the city of Oakland as a Food Vendor / Food Truck for Oakland First Fridays .
If you are an indendent food vendor or food truck and you wish to vend at Oakland First Fridays, you must follow the guidelines established by the City of Oakland and Alameda County.
To confirm your registration and make arrangements for fee payment to be a participating food vendor for the next Oakland First Friday event please contact Food Vendor Coordinator:Edward Yoo (Contact:firstname.lastname@example.org )You will need to have confirmation from the food coordinator no less than a week in advance and provide the following documents to the Oakland First Fridays Food Vendor Coordinator no less than a week in advance of the first friday of every month.
It is strongly suggested that you contact the block coordinators to see if they have space for your food truck, tent, or cart being on their block.
Documents Required: 1) Sellers Permit 2) City of Oakland Business Tax Certificate 3) Health Department Certificate or Temporary Event Permit issued by the Alameda County Health Department
Please send your proof of documents required to Edward Yoo at email@example.com CC firstname.lastname@example.org. Edward Yoo, Oakland First Fridays Food Vendor Coordinator Block Coordinator The Food Block Telegraph between 26th-27th
Please check back here for details as to the location for the Food vendors and food trucks for the First Fridays.
NOTE: Also please check the Artists –Vendor Map section to see the proposed map drafts to see the footprint of the street closure and suggestions as to the layout. This is a draft. Please contact the block coordinators of each block you are interested in being located on.
Please email any questions regarding available locations for Food Vendors and Food Truck Vendors to Food Vendor Coordinator:Edward Yoo (Contact:email@example.com )with the subject line Food Vendor locations. You can also contact the block coordinators directly who have food on their blocks (West Grand to 23rd, 23rd to 24th, 26th-27th).
Street vendors, musicians, artists, and performers, interactive art creators, art creation facilitators, mobile art, mobile music / maker people, inventors etc.
At the moment all the vendor / artists /performer spaces are on a first come first serve basis. Please check out the Artist-Vendor map on the website for a look at the working map draft of the layout and contact the Block Coordinators via email at BC@oaklandfirstfridays.org.or contact the BC of the block (s) you are interested in advance and when you get there.
As of June 2013, we will begin charging fees to help sustain and save Oakland First Fridays Art and Culture event. The fee schedule for Creative Vendors is:·
4 ft. x 4ft. foot space $10
6' table = $20
10x10 = $30
10x10 tent = $40 (limited availability; please contact Block Coordinators before bringing a tent)
Please Look at the artist/ vendor map - pick a space marked with a music icon on the map, sign in as a free community member and send us an email with name, contact, description, times, and space number, contact, description, times to to BC@oaklandfirstfridays.org.
Acoustic musicians, performers, dancers:
Please Look at the artist/ vendor map pick a space marked with a music icon, performance icon, or marked as a chill zone on the map- sign in as a free community member and send us an email with name, contact, description, times, and space number to to BC@oaklandfirstfridays.org.
No great idea or event could ever happen without volunteers to help create, host, and manage the experience.
If you would like to volunteer in set up, break down, sustainability (recycling), hosting an information table, giving people tours, running a performance space, being a roving ambassador--- we want you.
Please email us with your contact information, when you are available, and what you would like to do.
Please check the site calendar section and sign up for email notifications for locations, times, and dates for upcoming First Friday Community meetings on Wednesdays and events to support, hear, and collaborate with you as a creative vendor / food vendor / performer, and or local merchant,
2)) Small Vendor / Creative Business Incubators- check the upcoming forum section of the website
3) Food Vendor Workshops: check the FAQ below for contact information.
The Oakland First Fridays Block Co-coordinators List: Please send emails for general inquiries for block pa to BC@oaklandfirstfridays.org (updated 10.24.13) 17th to 18th: No Street Closure 19th to 20th: No Street Closure 20th to 21st: No Street Closure 21st to 22nd: No Street Closure 22nd to West Grand: No Street Closure 22nd and Telegraph "Cruise Night" West Grand to 23rd: Street Closure
Block Coordinator: Mario B (Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org) This block is where 1st Friday Art Murmur started. It features a local fashion show with MarioB as MC, all Oakland artisans, designers, and chefs who personally make their creations. No commercial or mass manufactured goods are allowed." 23rd to 24th: Street Closure
Block Coordinator: Copes (Contact: email@example.com, 510-205-7507) - Food Vendors on this block. 24th to 25th: Oakland Grown Oakland Made: Street Closure
Copes-(Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, PH:510-205-7507) Felix- (Contact: email@example.com) PH:415-602-6400) 24th through 25th Street of Oakland First Fridays is “Locally Made / Locally Grown”. We Support Locally made goods, Local Organizations, and Locally grown Performers. No strictly commercial goods are acceptable in this area. - Occasional Food Vendors on this block.- check with the Food Vendor Coordinator for availability 25th to 26th: The Art Zone: Street Closure
Block Coordinator: Matt Iglehart (Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org) Block Coordinator and Arts Curator: Felix- (Contact: Felix@artismobilus.com) PH: 415-602-6400 )
Featuring the “The Art Zone" and the "Artbeat" Stage- This block is dedicated to the Arts and Artists of all kinds, Interactive Art, Performers, Musicians, Art Creation, Makers, and Mobile Art / Music Vehicles”- if you didn’t make it, design it, or create it your self then this is not the block for you - No Food Vendors on this block.
26th to 27th: Food Pod Area: Street Closure
Block Coordinator: Edward Yoo: (Contact: email@example.com) - Food Vendors and Acoustic Music on this block.
FF Side Streets: 26th Street from Telegraph to Broadway: Street Closure
Block Coordinator: Open
Open to Acoustic Music ONLY – but not blocking businesses that are open 25th Street from Telegraph to Broadway: Street Closure
Block Coordinator: Matt Iglehart (Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Open to Acoustic Music ONLY – but not blocking businesses that are open 23rd from Telegraph to Valley: Street Closure
Block Coordinator: Chill Zone- no music… no vendors, non-profit tables are OK close to the intersection of 23rd and Telegraph 23rd Street meets Telegraph- not in front of the door of any open businesses- only for community .orgs 22nd Street from Telegraph to Valley: Cruise Night
Specific Teams/ Contact People:
1) Mobile Art Team, Art Curation, Large Art Facilitation: Felix (Contact: email@example.com) PH:415-602-6400