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16th Annual Art & Soul Oakland
14th Street at Broadway
Aug. 1 & 2, 2015
The City of Oakland’s flagship festival that launched a downtown renaissance, will celebrate its Sweet 16 with two big days of music, art, dance and food, including the Oaktown Throwdown BBQ Competition back by popular demand. Professional and backyard pit masters from all over California will show off their skills while competing for cash prizes. The public will be invited to view the action up close and, for a small fee, sample succulent BBQ ribs, chicken and pork. As in previous years, tens of thousands are expected for a festive weekend showcasing the Best of the East Bay. This year’s lineup will spotlight Oakland’s hot music scene and legacy, featuring dozens of top local bands performing Blues, R&B, Gospel, Funk, Jazz, Rock and more. The full lineup will be announced in early June. Additional highlights include the return of the mesmerizing Turf & All-Styles Dance Battle; the Bay Area’s hottest urban, world and modern dance troupes; scores of artisans and an interactive Family Fun Zone.

First Friday Art Walk
Midtown Oakland Arts District includes premier galleries, cafes, bars, and restaurants open on First Friday and within walking distance of each other. Throughout Midtown, Downtown Oakland First F 5-8p

Art Murmur
On the first Friday of every month, galleries throughout Oakland stay open late. A truely festive event. Check website for participating galleries. Throughout Oakland First F 6-9p

Lunar New Year Bazaar
Oakland Chinatown, Jan. 23 & 24, 2016

Oakland Running Festival
Snow Park, March 20, 2016

4th of July Celebration
Jack London Square, July 4

16th Annual Art + Soul Oakland
Frank H. Ogawa Plaza/surrounding city streets, Aug. 20 & 21, 2016, Noon-6p, Paid Admission

Chinatown Streetfest
Chinatown, Aug. 27 & 28, 2016,

Oakland Pride Festival
Uptown District, Sept. 11, 2016 Paid Admission

Eat Real Fest
Jack London Square, Sept. 23-25, 2016

Black Cowboy Parade
DeFremery Park, Oct. 1, 2016,

Holiday Tree Lighting
Jack London Square, Dec. 2, 2016

This is a listing of major annual outdoor events, which are subject to change.
For a detailed Oakland events calendar: