Join Our Volunteer Team!

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 on our Google Doc!


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!


If you've got any questions about volunteering, please contact us at  volunteers@oaklandfirstfridays.org.
(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
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 5–9:00 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.
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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!

Positions Available as a Volunteer:


Day of Event:

  • Pre-event Set Up 11am - 2pm:

We're looking someone friendly and cooperative to help with last minute volunteer and lead packets.

  • Photographer 2pm - 5pm & 5pm - 9pm:

We're looking for someone with a great artistic eye! We will provide credit for the photographer wherever we place the images. 


  • Vendor Check-in 2:30pm - 5:15pm:

Volunteers will make sure the vendors are in their correct spaces and keep track of who has arrived. We're looking for someone friendly, outgoing, and cooperative!

  • Stage Hand 4pm - 9pm:

*Must be able to lift 50lbs*

Volunteers will assist with the assembling, disassembling, and maintenance of stages during event performances. We're looking for someone strong, friendly, and able to work in a team!

  • Performance Area Coordinator 4:30pm - 9:30pm:

*Must have some management experience*

Volunteers will manage performance lineup & troubleshoot informal performances. We're looking for someone with great people skills!

  • Bar Cashier 5pm - 9pm

*Must be at least 21 years old*

A volunteer will take orders at the Soju Garden and handle credit/debit transactions.  

  • Collecting Gate Donations 5pm - 8pm & 7pm - 9:30pm

Volunteers will greet guests as they enter the festival and ask for donations. Looking for friendly, outgoing participants!

  • Runner 5pm - 9:30pm

Volunteers will provide support wherever needed during the festival. We're looking for someone friendly, cooperative, and able to work in a team!

  • Bar Support 5:30pm - 8pm & 7pm - 9:30pm

Volunteers will support bartender & maintain clean drinking areas. We're looking for someone upbeat, friendly, and outgoing!


Our office (located at 2301 Telegraph Ave, Oakland) is open during the week for assistance with (including but not limited to) data management, inventory, and pre-event work! Check out what times we have available on Volunteer Spot, or email us at volunteers@oaklandfirstfridays.org if you have any questions!
Our marketing intern MARTA FRATTER from Italy! Photo by www.instagr.am/shotbyguerrilla
Some of our DREAM TEAM! Photo taken by www.instagr.am/jesudeezy
Our super star volunteer, JUSTICE! Photo by www.instagr.am/msleephotography
Our happy cheery super excited gate greaters! Photo by www.instagr.am/delvonxd
Photo taken by Katrina Lee! www.msleedesigns.com