Consider becoming famous
After your art immersion on 25th, jump back into the street fair fray by crossing Telegraph to the 25th St Stage. Check out the acts and realize that you, too, can perform for the people of Oakland. If you’re an unsung hip-hop hero or band nerd, you should totally apply.
Take a break for food trucks
You’ve probably worked up an appetite at this point, and fortunately, the final one and a half blocks of the fair are dedicated to an awesome range of snacks: BBQ, tacos, tamales, wings, po-boys, Indian food, pies... almost anything your little heart desires. The fair’s only alcohol vendor -- a sake garden where you can sip concoctions like Sake Coladas in style -- allows you to booze it up while you get your snack on, too.
Pick up a piece to take home
Make your way back down to the festival and find a painting or print that will cure your apartment’s walls of their current case of severe bland-itis. Plus you’ll be supporting local artists in the process -- win/win.
Stop by this 100x100ft installation projected onto a wall at Grand and Valley anytime between 7-10pm. It’ll leave you starry-eyed -- and remind you how damn cool this town is.
Keep the party going
Think going home is for babies? Head straight to Make Westing, which is right down the street from the iconic Fox Theater. You can order swanky nibbles (like roasted bone marrow with duck fat garlic), sip fancy cocktails, and challenge cute strangers to a game on their indoor bocce ball courts. It’s a fun scene -- and an easy spot to chat up without being a creeper.
THE QUICK & DIRTY
What: Oakland First Friday
When: First Friday of each month
Time: 5:00pm to 9:00pm (9:30pm in summer)
Where: Telegraph Ave between W Grand and 27th St
Festival Vendor Map: Here
Art Walk Gallery Map: Here
Taking BART: 19th St Station Transport Info
Parking: Go for City-owned lots and garages
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Annie Crawford is an Oakland-based writer who loves an arty street party. Follow the fun @ReinaAnnie.