What’s the Oakland party that gets better every single year? The Indie Awards!  Oakland’s Indie Awards: that giant, messy celebration of small businesses and community in Oakland, held every year in the rooftop gardens and event space atop the Kaiser Center, is one of my favorite Oakland events–and I’m not alone in never wanting to miss this inspiring and super-fun evening.

This year’s  7th Annual Indie Awards celebration and party, co-produced by East Bay Express, One Pacific Coast Bank, and One Pacific Coast Foundation,  is on Thursday, May 30, 2013, and it promises to be bigger and better than ever.

Some cool things (like the location) haven’t changed from previous years, but the number and quality of vendors, food companies, artisans, artists and innovators who’ll be on hand keeps going up. If you’re into enjoying an Indie Marketplace, live music, great food from some of Oakland’s freshest restaurants, local art and performance, DIY demos and lots more–all with an Oakland focus–this is the night to come out. Tickets are a good value at $10 advance purchase, for everything from music to food to drinks.

“The Indie Awards are one of those don’t-miss events for me,” says C.J. Hirschfield, director of Children’s Fairyland. She says that she loves the mix of crafts, music and food at the show, and “the amazing feelings of community.”

“I always enjoy the Indie Awards –it’s so Oakland,” says Mariah Carle, a 2013 nominee for her photography studio.  Carle lives in Jingletown and is an active member of the arts community there.

What’s on the docket for this year?

Ten local food shops are going to be there handing out goodies, along with ten drink purveyors (see lists below), as well as many of Oakland’s favorite DJs, performers, and innovators, including DJ Platurn (45 Sessions/Oakland Faders),Funkquarians & the Carnaval Explosion w/ King Theo, The Grow Sessions hosted by Ashara Ekundayo with DJ DivinityPrescott Circus TheatreDestiny Arts CenterSunRu CarterRyan NicoleAntique Naked SoulYoung Gifted & Black – GoldJazz Monique Hudson, and Zakiya Harris.

More than 200 Oakland locals, organizations and businesses were nominated for an award this year by their peers, friends and followers, so the first line of business will be giving out those awards. And then: par-tay!

New to Oakland? Don’t miss this. Been here a while? Come down and enjoy.

Get tickets here: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/5501739852#

7th Annual Oakland Indie Awards
Thursday, May 30
5:30 p.m.: Awards Ceremony, Lakeside Theatre (by invitation)
6:30 to 10:30 p.m.: Party, Garden Room and Lakeview Terrace
Kaiser Center, 300 Lakeside Drive, Oakland

Tickets to the party: $10, purchase at http://bit.ly/JCwpbd

For details and ticket information: http://bit.ly/N54uxO

The Seventh Annual Indie Awards is hosted by Oakland Unwrapped, One Pacific Coast Foundation and the East Bay Express.

Who’s providing the grub and the drinks?
Adam’s Mediterranean Grill & Cafe
Arizmendi Bakery
Chop Bar
Doc’s of the Bay
El Porteño Empanadas
Jackson Blake Kitchens
Nieves Cinco de Mayo
PieTisserie
Souley Vegan
Sweet Bar Bakery
Tina Tamale
Drake’s Brewing
House Kombucha
Linden Street Brewery
Trumer Pils
Urban Legends Cellars
Bittersweet Almond Hot Chocolate by Bittersweet Cafe
Filtered, Still & Carbonated Water & Carbonated Spritzers provided by U.S. Pure Water

About The Author

Susan Mernit is editor & publisher of Oakland Local (oaklandlocal.com) a news & community hub for Oakland, CA. A former VP at AOL & Netscape, & former! Yahoo Senior Director, Mernit was consulting program manager for The Knight News Challenge, 2008-09; was a 2012 Stanford Carlos McClatchy Fellow; and is a board adviser to The Center for Health Reporting at USC, Annenberg School of Journalism. She has consulted with many non-profit organizations on strategy, product development and social media/engagement, including Salon.com, TechSoup Global, Public Radio International and the Institute for Policy Studies/Economic Hardship Reporting Project, led by Barbara Ehrenreich.

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