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Inaugural Oakland Art Month Debuts in May 2018

April 6, 2018 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

Visit Oakland, the city’s official destination marketing organization, celebrates the Oakland creative and arts community with the debut of Oakland Art Month in May 2018. The entire month of May is dedicated to promote the artists and events that highlight the diversity of Oakland’s creative community.

Oakland has long been home to innovators, creatives, and artists that collectively form the soul of The Town. As a vibrant arts and music hub for Northern California, year-round entertainment can be found throughout the city. By highlighting May’s arts events, Visit Oakland hopes to introduce visitors and locals to new art forms and encourage them to revisit old favorites. By doing so, Visit Oakland hopes to establish Oakland as a top of mind arts destination in California and the country.

“Oakland thrives on its diversity and those who venture to here will be delighted in the variety of artistic disciplines on display during the month,” says Mark Everton, CEO of Visit Oakland.“We’re looking forward to shining a light on the genius of those individual artists whose creations wow us all.”

“Bandaloop has been in Oakland for thirty years incubating and creating globally recognized vertical dance,” says Thomas Cavanagh, Executive Director of Bandaloop. “I can think of no better city to call home with innovation, experience and the leading edge of arts being front and center street side and on public display.”

One of the most anticipated events of Oakland Art Month is the inaugural Oakland Mural Festival. From May 12-19, at least seven murals will be simultaneously painted in Jack London Square so that visitors can witness live artwork being created. Visit Oakland, the primary sponsor of the event, is working in partnership with the organizers of the larger Bay Area Mural Festival. It is an extension of Visit Oakland’s efforts to promote public-facing outdoor murals throughout the city in order to aid beautification and community pride efforts.

Coinciding during Oakland Art Month is Blurry Vision, a two-day music festival during the weekend of May 12 & 13. Headliners SZA, Migos and Oakland’s own Kamaiyah will perform at this hip-hop and R&B show at Middle Harbor Shoreline Park.

Selected Oakland Art Month events are below. Full calendar and information is located at Follow @visitoakland and #oaklandartmonth on social media for the latest updates.

Featured Events on the Oakland Art Month Schedule






First Fridays theme of “Women in Art” @ KONO District

Visit Oakland will have a booth & mural activation



TURFinc Cinco de Mayo Festival @ Jack London Square

Dance battle by Oakland Estuary waterfront



Fiesta Sin Frontieras @ Great Wall in Uptown

Celebrates Oakland’s connection to Latin America & the immigrant cultures that keep that connection alivefeaturing vertical dance troupe Bandaloop

5/12 – 5/13

Saturday & Sunday

Blurry Vision Festival @ Middle Harbor Shoreline Park

Concert festival; Visit Oakland will have a Mobile Visitor Center & mural activation

5/12 – 5/19

Saturday to Saturday

Oakland Mural Festival @ Jack London Neighborhood

Closing Party in Jack London Square on May 19, 12PM-5PM



Oakland Symphony’s “The Artist’s Struggle”

@ Paramount Theatre, 8PM

Championing the role of artist in society



Jack London Art & Wine Festival

@ Jack London Square, 12PM-5PM

Featuring over 40 Northern California wineries



Malcolm X Jazz Arts Festival @ San Antonio Park

East Side Arts Alliance celebration with food, performances, local arts & crafts (Free Admission)

5/21 – 5/26

Monday to Saturday

Bandaloop Open Rehearsal @ Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center, 12PM – 5PM

Featuring spoken word performances



East Bay Open Studios Opening Celebration

@ Scottish Rite, 6PM – 9PM

Meet over 100 artists & preview their work, Invitations available for free by registering online

 Visit Oakland would like to thank like to thank the following organizations and individuals for their time and support in the development of Oakland Art Month.

City of Oakland Cultural Affairs Fuming Guerilla Productions Luka’s Taproom & Lounge
AXIS Dance TURF Feinz Oakland Art Murmur
Bandaloop Howard Flax Oakland First Fridays
Bay Area Mural Festival Jack London BID Oaktown Jazz Workshops
EBMUD Art Committee Kenneth Rainin Foundation The Crucible
CIM Sistas-Wit-Style Vogue
Downtown Oakland Association    

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