The Downtown Oakland Association fosters an environment where businesses thrive, art flourishes, and residents and visitors alike can enjoy all that downtown Oakland has to offer.
The Downtown Oakland Association is a Community Benefit District (CBD),
which is revitalizing a 19-block area in the heart of Oakland, California by providing special benefit services such as district maintenance, safety and security management, and community and cultural enrichment.
The District was formed following a vote of property owners in 2009 to support a voluntary property tax to fund these additional services over the next 10 years.
Help define the attitude and flavor of Oakland by becoming an important contributor to this extraordinary event! Volunteers not only help First Fridays run smoothly, but they also get an inside look into what goes into producing this renowned event. We really need your help to make next month’s Fridays Fridays successful and any time you can contribute is appreciated! Apply to volunteer at oaklandfirstfridays.org/Volunteers for next month!
Oakland First Fridays Art Festival, Oakland, California
This year skip the Black Friday crowds and head to the Plaid Friday/ Small Biz Saturday Vendor Marketplace brought to you by Show & Tell and Betti Ono. This 2-day event will showcase some of the best local artist and makers around the town in a fun and festive atmosphere in the heart of downtown Oakland. Vendors Include: Candid Art Accessories Aesti Clothing Mary Weather Apparel Strands Apparel Pretty Little Thing NYC AJAR & Dogwood Floral Design Pochino Press Wear It Out Accessories and More! We are currently still accepting vendor applications for a limited number of remaining spaces. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
FOOD SPECIALS Tea Leaf Salad Traditional Burmese dish made with dried ground shrimp, fermented tea leaves, cabbage, cilantro, and mixed nuts Broken Beef Ground beef stir-fried with onions and jalapenos in spicy Camber seasoning, served with yogurt relish, mint chutney, and white or brown rice Camber Curry House curry with onions, broccoli, carrots, green beans, jalapenos, and chicken served with white or brown rice (vegetarians may substitute meat for eggplant) Popcorn Chicken Served with sweet chili sauce SEASONAL COCKTAILS Death Becomes Her House-infused strawberry rum, simple syrup, fresh lime wedges, with a Grand Marnier Titanium float & sugar rim (a twist on a traditional Caparhina) First Wives Club Vodka, fresh-squeezed grapefruit, triple sec, lime, simply syrup, with a splash of cranberry & a sugar rim (because cosmos are so 90's) Bird on a Wire Tequila reposado, lime, agave, fresh squeezed grapefruit, Cointreau & Compari. Topped with soda water and garnished with a grapefruit twist (a refreshing take on Paloma) Overboard Mt. Gay Black Barrel Rum muddled with fresh mint, with Angostura bitters, lime & simple syrup. Served in a chilled goblet with a champagne float and mint leaf garnish (because you deserve it)