Arts & Culture…First Fridays

First Fridays

After the recent Warriors championship win over the Cavs, I imagine Oakland is having a summer long party. What better place to join in the fun then Oakland First Fridays!


Running down Telegraph Ave. from W. Grand to 27th St., this big “block party” should not be missed! The locals come out in droves to support the artists and tradespeople selling their one of kind works. Clothes, jewelry, and hand crafted artifacts abound! Musicians of all ages play for free throughout the day and even Capoeira dancers are out in force. You’ll find Skaters, Punks, Hippies, OG’s and Millennials all mixed together and having a great time! Let’s not forget the food! It’s as diverse as the people eating it! On one end of the strip, you’ll find classics like kabob, garlic fries, corn dogs, and funnel cake. As you make you’re way down the street, ice cream vendors pedal passed on bicycles, gourmet coffee stands pop up, and major barbeque grills can be seen on every corner! By the end of the night , you may end up in any number of bars and restaurants lining the event. If that’s not enough, lowriders meet at Space Burger to show off their chrome while locals dance and grub on fat burgers, fries, and shakes!

First Friday’s is the place to be this summer! ‘Nuff said! -PHphopkins_ESSAY1_047