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Oakland is celebrating the return of First Friday festivities after a three-month hiatus

PIX Now – Morning Edition 4/12/24

PIX Now – Morning Edition 4/12/24


Oakland’s popular First Friday festival, a monthly event that draws thousands to enjoy music, food, culture and community in the East Bay, returns Friday evening financial challenges forced a pause that began after the last event in December.

The festival – which is funded and organized by the nonprofit KONO Community Benefit District – announced last year that it would be suspending its monthly event from January through March as they worked to secure additional funding with several events scheduled in raised money in the meantime. The organization was nearly $100,000 short, necessitating the pause.

Oakland First Fridays has roots dating back to 2006 as Art Murmur, founded by a collective of art gallery owners and a group of vendors, eventually growing into a citywide art crawl before transforming into the Oakland First Fridays festival on Telegraph Avenue in 2011. .

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The event supports more than 60 vendors and small businesses in downtown Oakland, filling the neighborhood with more than 20,000 to 30,000 visitors on Telegraph Ave. between 22nd and 27th Street. The event runs from 5pm to 9pm, although many of the businesses along the route will be hosting activities later in the evening.

It costs about $45,000 a month to organize the street fair, so the three-month hiatus gave the organization time to regroup and raise more money for the April relaunch. While the festival was due to return last Friday, poor weather led organizers to postpone the date.

More information about Friday’s festivities can be found on the Oakland First Fridays website.

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