September is music festival month in Oakland. Though not the only month with music festivals, there’s been a non-stop slew of music all over the city this month, concluding with the 2nd annual Oakland Music Festival, which hits downtown this Saturday, September 27.

This year’s festival, also known as OMF, will take place on Franklin Street in Downtown Oakland to allow for more people to attend and to include local vendors and other activities.

The day-long event combines hip hop, punk, Latin rhythms, electronic, indie and more, into one day of diversity that mirrors the breadth of cultures that make Oakland so vibrant.

There will be Rumba-Esquina beats brought by Oakland-based band Alta California, soul hip hop from locals Trackademicks and 1-O.A.K., and the deeply emotive melodies of Oakland’s own Mara Hruby.

Rising local artist Mara Hruby

The new-wave band The Lovemakers are back after a 4 year hiatus, Oakland-based punk rockers Meat Market will be sure to bring high energy, and San Francisco-based synth poppers Part Time will take the stage after touring the country this summer.


The Lovemakers

While the festival includes many artists who hail from around the Bay Area, it also includes big national headliners such as Dom Kennedy, SZA, and Jesse Boykins III.

Oakland’s hot music month started with Hiero Day, then the Mission Creek Oakland, and on Saturday, the Oakland World Percussion Festival and OMF. These music events all are in their first two to three years. As these young festivals along with others across the city, it’s likely more will sprout up in the coming years as Oakland continues to see the energy surrounding local musicians grow.

If you missed the festivals above, or if you went and loved them, then be sure to check OMF out.

Oakland Music Festival
September 27, noon – 8p.m.
22nd Street at Franklin, Downtown Oakland

Tickets are $35, $28 for discounted group tickets of 4 or more, and $70 for VIP tickets, which include an OMF t-shirt, poster, preferred viewing and lounge area with a special beer bar presented by The Trappist, as well as a separate entrance and bathrooms.

Kids under 10 are free (Parental Warning: music may contain explicit language.)

Artists performing in 21+ only venues include: ESTA, SOSUPERSAM, Mara Hruby, Sweater Funk, Trill Team 6, Kool Kyle, HI SCORES, Queens D.Light, Zakiya Harris, and Namorados da Lua.

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