Oakland Art Murmur
Second Saturday Art Tours
OAM features guided and self-guided walking tours, introducing visitors to Oakland’s galleries, artists, murals, and public art. Free and family-friendly art tours are held on the second Saturday of every month. Led by OAM insiders, our tours take groups on a fun, informal exploration of various Oakland Arts Districts. You will be introduced to a small selection of art spaces handpicked by our friendly guides, and learn more about the artists, gallerists, and art professionals working behind the scenes. You may even find that perfect piece of art to take home! We will also curate mural and public art tours.
The Black Bar Crawl
Oakland Halloween Edition
Join us for the next Black Bar Crawl in Oakland! It’s Halloween themed, so get your costume, and prepare It’s to celebrate Black-owned businesses on purpose with The Black Bar Crawl vibes you know and love including drink specials, the best DJ’s, bar crawl teams and give aways! Check out the last Black Bar Crawl in Oakland here and Click here to check out videos from our other Black Bar Crawls all over the country to see it in action! This is a 21+ age restricted event.
Art and Soul 20th Anniversary
Art + Soul returns to downtown Oakland’s Frank Ogawa Plaza on Saturday July 23, 2022 with a free 20th Anniversary celebration and live concert featuring the world-premiere of “Blues, Baroque, and Bars: From The Streets To The Symphony,” a new musical suite from legendary vocalist The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol.
This powerful new work traces the story of Black people in America through the blues – the story of a people and an art form holding the history of Black America from the slave ships to the cotton fields to segregation to the present day. Featuring world-renowned drummer Dennis Chambers of Parliament/Funkadelic, Oakland’s own MC RyanNicole bringing the bars, and a dynamic baroque string quartet, Blues, Baroque & Bars expounds on the blues, bringing together jazz, funk, R&B, classical and hip-hop to tell stories of triumph, sadness, romance, injustice, protest, humor, and resilience. “Blues, Baroque, and Bars: From The Streets To The Symphony” is created with funding from a Hewlett Foundation 50 Arts Commission.
The Oakland Festival of
July 15-17 & July 22-24
Celebrating Oakland’s communities, cultures, history, and art with a vivid and dramatic multi-weekend Festival featuring artists and projects from the Bay Area and beyond.
With four world premieres, art, music, and exhibitions taking place throughout downtown Oakland’s Broadway corridor, OFIA highlights the potential of immersive art to build community and spark conversations about vital issues.
Summer Stage at
Oakland City Hall
Be there under the stars for Mozart’s exquisite Symphony No. 29 (as featured in the Oscar-winning Amadeus) and more performed at the foot of Oakland’s historic City Hall tower by your Oakland Symphony!