Oakland’s First Friday street festival has been cancelled due to a much-needed bout of rain, but don’t let the inclement weather keep you indoors. Even though the street festival won’t be going on, there are still plenty of amazing art happenings going on downtown, and you owe it to yourself to check them out!

Here is our take on today’s must-sees and must-dos:


Classic Cars West

411 26th Street / 6pm – 10pm
Passage by Night by Isaac Amala and Liz Simpson is a site-specific installation with surreal sculptures constructed from thousands of vintage neckties.


Creative Growth Art Center

355 24th Street / 10am – 4:30pm
Reclaiming a New Asylum showcases work by artists in the Creative Growth program who have experienced a history of institutionalization.



560 2nd Street / 6pm – 10pm
By the Numbers II is a fun interactive exhibit where gallery visitors can add color to large-scale drawings by East Bay underground artists.



480 23rd Street / 6pm  – 8pm
Surreal Nature is a retrospective of 94-year-old artist Sylvia Fein that spans more than seventy years.


The New Parkway

474 24th Street / 6pm – 8pm
Free screening of short films from Creative Growth’s Video Production Workshop.


Urban Legend Cellars Winery

621 4th Street / 6pm – 9pm
Gray Loft Gallery presents Foliage, a collection of recent botanical photographs by artist Karyn Yandow.


Vessel Gallery

471 25th Street / 11am – 6am
Exhibiting Pareidolia, new work by Donald Fortescue. The artist will be giving a talk at the gallery tomorrow afternoon.


Warehouse 416

416 26th Street / 6pm – 10pm
In Search of Sheba presents work by twelve black female artists from the Bay Area, inspired by the Queen of Sheba.


See Oakland Art Murmur’s website for more information, including a comprehensive listing of today’s events, a guide to participating galleries, a PDF map of where everything is, and more.

One Response

  1. rashaad


    I stumbled across this site looking for things to do in oakland for ethnicly inclined professionals and would like to know if there are any events during the weekend of March 13th-15th. Seeing as I will be visiting San Francisco that weekend, if there any ‘hot spots’ in Oakland that are a must-attend, please let me know. Thanks in advance!



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