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Oakland Restaurant Week

Follow Oakland Restaurant Week 2018 on social media by following #ORW18 .

Oakland Restaurant Week is a part of California Restaurant Month, created by Visit California .

Oakland Art Month

The entire month of May is dedicated to promoting events, performances, and shows that highlight the diversity of artists and work created in Oakland. The Town has long been home to innovators, creatives, and artists and Visit Oakland invites visitors and locals alike to explore new types of art or revisit old favorites. Discover your favorite artists in May and support them throughout the year.

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Every First Friday of each month


Oakland First Fridays is an immersive art and community experience on the first Friday of each month from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 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.

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In February the Black Joy Parade will fill the streets of Oakland. We welcome all types of individuals and organizations to join the procession and be a part of the 2nd annual Black Joy Parade.

Beyond the need to travel 8 blocks, there is no limit to what you can create! We encourage participants to bring their unique flavor of Black Joy from floats and marching bands, to costumes, dance, art and more. Be creative. Be positive. Be energetic and free!

We are proud to live in a country which allows us to preserve our rich Hellenic culture and still be Americans. Each year we offer this celebration to the Bay Area so that you may experience a culture that is not only historic and profound, but a culture which celebrates life.

Greece is a very small country, only 10 million people, but her culture has spread over much of the world. As here in Oakland and the Bay Area, there are Greek communities in Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa. These communities are united in a common heritage and a common faith, Orthodox Christianity. This is what we would like to share with you.

As you attend our festival you will experience the sights, sounds and tastes of a proud people whose cultural history goes back over 4,500 years. Our members have worked very hard to prepare authentic foods, costumes, dances so that you can become Greek for a short while. We invite you to participate in this celebration of Hellenic Culture.

It's great to be Greek, even if it's just for a weekend!

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Oakland's magnetic Art + Soul festival, celebrating local spirit, style, creativity, and pride, takes place every summer. The annual assemblage of world artists that call Oakland home will bring together the people of America's most diverse and culturally exciting city to honor its rich musical heritage.

The ever-evolving festival fuses new activities and annual favorites including (but not limited to) an artisan marketplace, a tempting array of food booths, an eclectic world/urban dance stage, dance battles, aerialists, contortionists, acrobats, mural paintings, and the largest Family Fun Zone of any festival in the Bay Area with kiddie rides, carnival games and interactive arts.

Tens of thousands are expected for the popular two-day event packed with sensational music, food, fun, dance and art in beautiful downtown Oakland. Blues, R&B, Soul, Funk, Gospel, Rock, Latin, Turf and Urban/World Dance will take place on four stages.

Stay tuned for details on the event.

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While the core mission of OMF is music-centric, the festival features food, beverage and art vendors, showcasing local artists and featuring local eateries, fashion designers and businesses.

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The Unity Council Día de Los Muertos Annual Festival is a free, outdoor festival that brings over 80,000 people to the vibrant, culturally-rich Fruitvale neighborhood to enjoy world-class live music, family-friendly games, rides and activities, traditional Latin American artisans, and the stunning altar artistic installations created by community members paying homage to los Muertos . Families across California join us to experience live music, Ballet Folklorico, Aztec dancers and to shop at the local artisan craft stands. The Día de los Muertos Festival was inducted into the U.S. Library of Congress by Congresswoman Barbara Lee as a “Local Legacy.”


2018 Festival Theme: “A Dream for All”


While the festival has deep ancestral roots, the current political climate begs the question of how we can use this platform to educate, inundate, and celebrate. In keeping with that line of thinking, The Unity Council and A2Z are proposing that the Fruitvale Dia De Los Muertos Festival, in 2018, adopt a theme that highlights the current plight of all Dreamers and Immigrants, while also serving to elevate the festival to the national stage.

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