This is the go-to site for everything First Fridays where you find out how to find and reserve a space, can soon post what you are doing on First Fridays, and find relevant information to vending on the streets of Oakland.
Oakland First Fridays was born with the power of art and the strength of the artistic, creative, and innovative community that is Oakland.
Date: December 07, 2012
Set up: Streets will close to the public at 3:00 PM Event Times:
Fall / Winter Hours:
5:00-10:00 PM (within the street closure)
Event Location: Telegraph Avenue from 19th Street to 27th Street and adjoining streets (street closure area), and Old Oakland 9th Street and Broadway (street closure area)
It is up to all of us to give it shape together, to co-create, co-curate, and self govern 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.
Weekly Community Organization Meetings:
We invite you as a participant to join us every Wednesday from 6:00-8:00 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, 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.
And 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.
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 to be in designated Food Truck pods or 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 for next Oakland First Friday please contact the block coordinators of the blocks you would like to be on, You will need to have confirmation ideally from a block coordinator by November 27th and provide the following documents to Nancy Marcus by December 4th,2012 by 12 noon.
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 Nancy Marcus and CC email@example.com. Nancy Marcus Administrative Assistant Special Activity Permits Office of the City Administrator One Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, 11th Floor Oakland, CA 94612 Phone: (510) 238-3294 Fax: (510) 238-7084 Email: NMarcus@oaklandnet.com
FYI: The Eatup is Food Truck Pod and is currently operating at 21st and Telegraph. Food vendors interested in being part of the Oakland City sanctioned Food Pod can contact Austin Luke at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
The block coordinators make the final call on who goes where on there block.
Please email any questions regarding Food Vendors and Food Truck Vendors to email@example.com with the subject line Food Vendor locations.
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 of the block (s) you are interested in advance and when you get there.
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 info@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 info@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. in
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 to BC@oaklandfirstfridays.org (updated 12.18.12) 17th to 18th: No Street Closure
Block Coordinator: Mario
(Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org 19th to 20th: Street Closure
Block Coordinator: Michael Orange (Closer to 19th)
(Contact: email@example.com) 20th to 21st: Street Closure and Food Pod
Amber McZeal (Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org)-Music Production Team
Austin Luke (Contact: email@example.com)- Food Contact / Food Pod/ Cuisine Team 21st to 22nd: Street Closure
Block Coordinator: 22nd to West Grand: Street Closure
Block Coordinator: Oliver Orzal, Open Sound Productions- (Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org )
Block Coordinator: Carlos M. Valteau, (Contact: email@example.com ) West Grand to 23rd: Street Closure
Block Coordinator: Malcolm Hoover (Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org )
Block Coordinator: Needa Bee (Contact: 510-355-7010) "Known as the EPICENTER, This block is where 1st Friday Art Murmur started. It features 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) 24th to 25th: Street Closure
Block Coordinator: Russell Hilken and Daniel Dolan (Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com) 24th through 25th Street of Oakland First Fridays is “Locally Made / Locally Grown”. We Support Locally made goods, and Locally grown Performers. No commercial goods are acceptable in this area. Food Vending is limited to only the designated food area. 25th to 26th: 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, then this is not the block for you - No Food Vendors 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: email@example.com)
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 where
23rd Street meets Telegraph- not in front of the door of any open businesses 22nd Street from Telegraph to Valley: Street Closure
Block Coordinator: Carlos Valteau ( Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org) This is the Classic Car Zone