Insider Guide to Making the Most of Art & Soul Festival


Get there Quick and Convenient – Take Transit: There are so many ways to get to the Art & Soul Festival – by BART, Ferry, and, if you are local and want your cardio for the day, ride your bike along the newly opened bike lane on Telegraph Ave. in downtown Oakland. Bonus: Free attended bike parking service available both days at the 14th Street & Broadway festival entrances.
(Public transportation is stress free and eliminates the sitting-in-traffic-and-looking-for-a-parking-spot blues.)

Think like a Scout – Be Prepared: Be prepared with the following items: sunscreen and layers as sometimes it gets a bit chilly and windy downtown. Bring a reusable water vessel to use at water refill stations. Of course you must have some cool shades representing #thetown, so be sure to stop by the Oakland Central booth #102 across from City Hall.

Location, Location, Location-Designate a Meet-up Spot: What is an all day festival without hooking up with your friends? Put an end to trying to give directions over the phone with all the awesome music playing in the background by designating a place to meet beforehand. Here are the main entrance locations and key landmarks:

14th Street & Broadway: Walgreens, Downtown Wine Merchants, and Rite Aid. These locations border the corner of 14th & Broadway.

16th Street & San Pablo: End of San Pablo near the Bruce Beasley statue

Promenade beside City Center West Garage (off Martin Luther King Jr. Way between 12th and 14th Street

All in the Family – Make a Parent Plan: Art & Soul is all about family fun and like any family friendly festival, there will be kid-friendly carnival rides, a petting zoo, interactive art and other fun activities. Festivals are exciting for kids with lots going on all around them, so with that in mind, have a plan in place. Identify a meeting place just in case you get separated and be sure to point out Art & Soul Staff and security so kids know who to reach out to for help just in case! But most of all be sure to have FUN!

Sip and Savor – Enjoy All the Local Flavors: First things first NO ALCOHOLIC beverages are allowed inside the festival, but you can bring a reusable water bottle for hydration throughout the day. There are numerous food vendors onsite, the hardest part will be making room to taste a little everything – so buddy up and go halfsies on twice as many bomb bites Bonus tip: Don’t just settle for the closest food vendor to you because you are starving and want food NOW, do a walkthrough first to see all of the different offerings and don’t forget to check out the Oaktown Throwdown BBQ Competition!

Groovin’ to the Music – Scope Your Stage Strategy: One of the main reasons to attend Art & Soul is the fantastic lineup of popular artists and some hot, local talent like…. Visit the website ahead of time to find who you want to see and when they will be onstage. Tip: arrive to the stage early for a seat or a good spot to groove to the music.
Planning ahead helps to make for a fun-filled afternoon with family and friends.

So, go out and make it a GREAT day at Art & Soul. For more information on what to do in Downtown Oakland visit Explore page and ‘Like’ our Facebook page at OakCentral.

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