Arts & Culture

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The art and culture scene in Oakland extends far beyond the four walls of its many art galleries. Art can be found in our building murals, in our independent stores, and even on our streets. From the moment you step into Downtown Oakland you will be surrounded by the culture that makes Oakland unique. Consider taking a self-guided mural tour and prepare to be blown away by the depth and diversity of talent that exists in our beautiful city. Visit Downtown Oakland in the summer to experience two of our most celebrated festivals, Oakland Pride and Art + Soul and catch some homegrown and internationally acclaimed talent taking the stage. Peruse our business directory for a broader listing of Downtown Oakland’s arts and culture offerings.

3rd Thursdays at Latham Square June
3rd Thursdays at Latham Square Broadway + Telegraph @ 15th Street JUne 20, 2019 5pm-8pm FREE event with live music,
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DATE UPDATED 3rd Thursdays at Latham
3rd Thursdays at Latham Square Broadway + Telegraph @ 15th Street May 16, 2019 5pm-8pm FREE event with live music,
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Oct 2018 3rd Thursday Latham Square
3rd Thursdays at Latham Square October
3rd Thursdays at Latham Square Broadway + Telegraph @ 15th Street October 18, 2018 5pm-8pm FREE event with live music,
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3rd Thursdays at Latham Square September 20 2018. Oakland
3rd Thursdays at Latham Square September
3rd Thursdays at Latham Square Broadway + Telegraph @ 15th Street September 20, 2018 5pm-8pm FREE event with live music,
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Second Saturday Jack London Square
Jack London Square, Oakland 11am - 5pm
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3rd Thursdays at Latham Square August 2018
3rd Thursdays at Latham Square August
3rd Thursdays at Latham Square Broadway + Telegraph @ 15th Street July 19, 2018 5pm-8pm FREE event with live music,
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Oakland Youth Art Explosion 2918
Oakland Youth Art Explosion 2018
Sunday August 5 11am- 7pm Featuring and organized by Oakland Youth!
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Oakland Teen Seen Festival 2018
Oakland Teen Seen Festival
The Teen Seen Festival 2018 Jack London Square, Oakland The Oakland Teen Seen Festival (OTSF) is a showcase of local
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Soul Mechanix at Yoshis
Soul Mechanix at Yoshi’s Oakland!
Soul Mechanix Yoshi’s, Oakland April 27, 2018, 10:00pm Come down to Yoshi’s Oakland on April 27th for a special evening
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Adorable Energy Oakland
Adorable Energy – Healing & Coaching
Looking to relieve stress? Adorable Energy offers quality alternative healing/coaching services for stressed out urban dwelling professionals, leaders in service-oriented
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Oakland Symphony
The Oakland Symphony
The Oakland Symphony, Youth Orchestra and Chorus bring together orchestral music, choral music and youth education to strengthen the Oakland/East
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Oakland Symphony Rooted in Oakland Kev Choice
Rooted In Oakland featuring Kev Choice
Oakland Symphony presents Rooted in Oakland featuring Kev Choice and Schubert A look into the future of Oakland's music
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Soul Restoration Mixtape Vol 2
Mixtape, vol 2: Soul Restoration feat.
March 9, 2018 The Uptown 8pm-11pm Soul Restoration celebrate's the foundation and future of Oakland culture.
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SLATE Art - Andrzej Art Piece
SLATE Art is a boutique creative firm. We exhibit and sell the work of our favorite artists armed with our
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Living Jazz tribute to MLK Oakland
“In the Name of Love”, 16th
In the Name of Love 16th Annual Musical Tribute Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Oakland Scottish Rite Center Sunday, January
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aerial dancers
Flyaway Productions presents: The Right To
The Lot 1100 Broadway October 6 & 7, 2017, shows at 8pm & 9pm Apparatus-based dance in a vacant lot
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Octopus Literary Salon Oakland
The Octopus Literary Salon Oakland
The Octopus Literary Salon is a café/bookstore/performance space supporting local musicians, writers, and performers.
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Whale’s Wake at Flight Deck
Whale’s Wake is a funny, sexy, incantatory that follows one family’s struggle to honor the difficult dead.
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Oakstop art gallery and workspace
OakStop Art Gallery and Workspace
Oakstop is a workspace, meeting space, event space, and art gallery in Downtown Oakland that combines a wide range of
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Warehouse 416
Warehouse416 is a rare intimate venue for people to gather for art, social, or business events in Downtown Oakland. The
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52 Letters: A One-Woman Poetic Stage
52 Letters is a one-woman poetic stage play, written and performed by Oakland Native Regina Y. Evans, which brings awareness
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In The Name of Love, the
In the Name of Love, Oakland’s Annual Musical Tribute to Dr. King, is proud to honor "The Civil Rights Movement
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The Flight Deck
The Flight Deck is a shared arts space and performance venue that offers performances, workshops, office & meeting space, and
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Graham Lustig’s The Nutcracker
Oakland Ballet Company, The East Bay’s premiere professional dance company, returns to the Paramount Theatre this December with three performances
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Christmas Revels Presents A Venetian Masque:
This holiday season Oakland’s cherished Christmas Revels presents A Venetian Masque: Celebrating the Winter Solstice in Renaissance Italy. 2015 marks
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Oakland Fashion Showcase: Celebrating 4 years
On Sunday November 15th from 4-9pm Show &Tell Concept Shop invites you to join us as we celebrate four years
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Barefoot Movement Yoga in Downtown Oakland
Cultivate Your Practice: Barefoot Movement Yoga
CYP is a stand-alone program and the core component of Barefoot Movement's Vinyasa Yoga Immersion. A committed group of practitioners
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Qulture Collective
Part cafe, retail shop, gallery, and shared workspace, Qulture Collective is an inclusive space with multiple businesses operating together under
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Oakland Music Festival 2015
Oakland Music Festival "OMF" is an independent showcase featuring local and international musical talent as well as local eateries, breweries
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Unruly StoryFest
A new form of live entertainment has been quietly growing in Oakland: true, personal stories performed without notes or scripts.
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Phare, the Cambodian Circus presents KHMER
The critically acclaimed production ‘Khmer Metal’, a circus show produced and performed by Cambodian artists, is coming to America for
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Art gallery in Downtown Oakland
Joyce Gordon Gallery
The gallery exhibits art that reflects the social and cultural diversity of the Bay Area and international artists. The aim of
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The New Parish hosts Oakland Music Festival
The New Parish
PEG offers a top tier music venue in The New Parish that features the best of the best of upcoming
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Betti Ono Art Gallery in Downtown Oakland
Betti Ono
APRIL 2015 | ARTS & CULTURE 1427 Broadway, Betti Ono is an award winning, experimentally minded art space, gallery
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