Downtown Oakland Association

Downtown Oakland Association The Downtown Oakland Association is committed to promoting economic development and cultural enrichment in the the heart of our city.

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Get ready for the return of Oakland Restaurant Week, January 20-30, 2022! It’s 10 days to showcase your restaurant and w...
12/21/2021

Get ready for the return of Oakland Restaurant Week, January 20-30, 2022! It’s 10 days to showcase your restaurant and welcome back thousands of diners hungry for the diversity, culture, and cuisine as only Oakland can do. Visit: oaklandrestaurantweek.org now to participate. Restaurant registration ends Wednesday, January 5, 2022.

Get ready for the return of Oakland Restaurant Week, January 20-30, 2022! It’s 10 days to showcase your restaurant and welcome back thousands of diners hungry for the diversity, culture, and cuisine as only Oakland can do. Visit: oaklandrestaurantweek.org now to participate. Restaurant registration ends Wednesday, January 5, 2022.

Happy FriYeah!  Looking for something to do this weekend?  Look no further and head over to @E14 Gallery in Old Oakland ...
12/17/2021

Happy FriYeah! Looking for something to do this weekend? Look no further and head over to @E14 Gallery in Old Oakland with other vendors in the area who are hosting the final Holiday Market of the year. Shop, mingle, enjoy good food, and music! @thecookandthefarmer, @OaklandStyleLab, @UnderStoryOakland, @deptofmakebelievestore, @chapter501.

It's Autumn Lights 10th anniversary over the next couple days.  For information and tickets visit: www.gardensatlakemerr...
10/13/2021

It's Autumn Lights 10th anniversary over the next couple days. For information and tickets visit: www.gardensatlakemerritt.org.

Autumn Lights season starting tomorrow through Saturday! Experience a one-of-a-kind interactive experience at Lake Merritt with 60 locally produced illuminated art displays sparkling and beaming throughout Oakland's municipal gardens.

For information and tickets visit: www.gardensatlakemerritt.org.

Happening tomorrow.  Come out and enjoy the festivities.
09/25/2021

Happening tomorrow. Come out and enjoy the festivities.

"Residents, friends, and family of the Oakland community Rush Bowls is hosting a Block Party tomorrow in downtown Oakland on 17th Street between Webster and Franklin from 2pm - 5pm.

Fitness classes, live music, wellness vendors, food, kids zone, giveaways, cash raffle, and more."

We would like to introduce you to Ashara Ekundayo, the curator for the Black Joy Parade StoryWindows project. She is the...
07/23/2021

We would like to introduce you to Ashara Ekundayo, the curator for the Black Joy Parade StoryWindows project. She is the founder of @Artist As First Responder which excavates, documents, and archives the stories of present-day and next-generation cultural workers whose art practices heal communities and save lives. In addition, Ashara has created a project called BLATANT a multi-disciplinary, monthly forum presented in collaboration with the Museum of the African Diaspora as well as a published maga(zine).

We would like to introduce you to Ashara Ekundayo, the curator for the Black Joy Parade StoryWindows project. She is the founder of @Artist As First Responder which excavates, documents, and archives the stories of present-day and next-generation cultural workers whose art practices heal communities and save lives. In addition, Ashara has created a project called BLATANT a multi-disciplinary, monthly forum presented in collaboration with the Museum of the African Diaspora as well as a published maga(zine).

Have you experienced SPACES by @Kamiera Productions at Oakland's City Hall? Check out this write-up by KQED who gives a ...
07/16/2021
Whose Stories? At City Hall, 'SPACES: Oakland' Hands Over the Mic | KQED

Have you experienced SPACES by @Kamiera Productions at Oakland's City Hall? Check out this write-up by KQED who gives a good recap of the project. The show ends with @Bandaloop performing on the walls of City Hall.
https://www.kqed.org/arts/13899907/whose-stories-at-city-hall-spaces-oakland-hands-over-the-mic

Kaimera Productions' thought-provoking performance of storytelling, movement and dance enlivens Oakland's City Hall.

The 5th Story NFT Mural Experience is happening now until July 15 at the Tribune Tower.  The experience features some of...
07/12/2021
Buy tickets for 5th Story NFT Mural Experience at Tribune Tower OaKLAND, Sat Jul 10, 2021 12:00 PM - Thu Jul 15, 2021 7:00 PM

The 5th Story NFT Mural Experience is happening now until July 15 at the Tribune Tower. The experience features some of the Bay Areas' top street artists. The piece has a cool cutting-edge digital combing images, 3-D scans, video, and more. Vogue TDK, Joshua Mays, Jet Martinez, Wolfe Pack, Bud Snow, and Ruff Draft. Produced by @Endeavors and @Rachel Wolfe-Goldsmith.

For more information click here: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/endeavorsoakland/547321

5th Story NFT Mural Experience at Tribune Tower OaKLAND, Sat Jul 10, 2021 - Thu Jul 15, 2021 - Back by popular demand for one more weekend, The 5th Story NFT Mural Experience at the Tribune Tower features work from some of the Bay Areas top street artists and creators, featuring immersive Augmented....

Are you wondering about the artists who are showcasing their work on the @Black Joy Parade StoryWindows?  Over the next ...
06/17/2021

Are you wondering about the artists who are showcasing their work on the @Black Joy Parade StoryWindows? Over the next few weeks through the end of July, we will feature an artist or two every other day. Today, we are starting with @Patanisha Williams the founder of @Pata Ali Love Club. Patanisha's mission is to provide access to professional art and production services for individuals and small businesses while building a strong workforce. She worked with Tamerin Busia of Compose Fashion to created Alice in Oakland.

Art piece credits:
Alice in Oakland is a production of Compose Fashion, Tamerin Busia.
Creative Director, Sir Michael Wayne. Videography, Sal Fullmore.
Photography, Patanisha Williams.
Sponsored by Pata Ali Love Club.

Also, check out her new series Urban Fairies where she shares her magical world of Creative Beings and the synchronicity that ties them all together. https://bit.ly/3vzBEzS. Featured in the video are @Piwai Official, @Fantastic Negrito, and @Marisha Ashanti.

Save the Date! On June 19, 2021, we will unveil Black Joy StoryWindows, a curated, multimedia art walk in downtown Oakla...
06/10/2021

Save the Date! On June 19, 2021, we will unveil Black Joy StoryWindows, a curated, multimedia art walk in downtown Oakland, in partnership with Black Joy Parade,
Artists As First Responders, curator, Ashara Ekundayo, and numerous supporters, venue partners, and businesses.

We haven't been able to keep things entirely under wraps, so you may have already seen a few familiar faces illuminating the windows of our ground-floor businesses, but be sure to join us for the official launch!

The excitement around this initiative is contagious and we are so honored to have worked on this project that celebrates the passion and craft of many of the incredible artists, photographers, and videographers in our community.

See you there!

Save the Date! On June 19, 2021, we will unveil Black Joy StoryWindows, a curated, multimedia art walk in downtown Oakland, in partnership with Black Joy Parade,
Artists As First Responders, curator, Ashara Ekundayo, and numerous supporters, venue partners, and businesses.

We haven't been able to keep things entirely under wraps, so you may have already seen a few familiar faces illuminating the windows of our ground-floor businesses, but be sure to join us for the official launch!

The excitement around this initiative is contagious and we are so honored to have worked on this project that celebrates the passion and craft of many of the incredible artists, photographers, and videographers in our community.

See you there!

Bake Love Not Hate (@bakelovenothate_oakland) is an Oakland, CA-based fundraising event created expressly to support the...
04/26/2021

Bake Love Not Hate (@bakelovenothate_oakland) is an Oakland, CA-based fundraising event created expressly to support the Asian American Pacific Islander community and raise funds and awareness in light of recent hate crimes in the Bay Area and across the nation.

Online Auction, Friday, April 30 12pm to Sunday May 2, 11:59pm
Our online auction will feature products, services, gift cards, and experiences (from Levis, Vans Vault, Pt. Reyes Farmstead Cheese, Taylor Stitch, Tellason, Farmhouse Thai, and more) that you actually want, and support a cause you care so much about. Get involved no matter where you're based!

Day of Giving May 1, 2021
Partnering businesses will graciously dedicate a small portion of their proceeds to combat systemic racism.

The Bake Sale, May 1, 2021, 12pm-6pm at 17th & Webster St. in downtown Oakland.
Buy mouth-watering baked goods from world-class Bay Area chefs and bakers (including Boichik Bagels, Firebrand Artisan Breads, La Farine, Sugarsweet, Two Chicks in the Mix, Annies T Cakes, and many more) as well as the community, and 100% of the proceeds will go towards the charities.

100% of the proceeds from all three components will benefit AAPI Women Lead (empowering AAPI women and girls through leadership programs), Asian Prisoner Support Committee (supporting API prisoners and raising awareness about disproportionate rates of imprisonment, detainment, and deportation in our community), and Hate Is A Virus (amplifying awareness of AAPI discrimination and hate crimes while standing in solidarity with our BIPOC siblings).

How can we make the Bay Area a better place? Share your priorities for the future with @MTCBATA — you could win a $50 gi...
01/27/2021

How can we make the Bay Area a better place? Share your priorities for the future with @MTCBATA — you could win a $50 gift card. Text "Plan" to (415) 639 5040 #PlanBayArea2050

How can we make the Bay Area a better place? Share your priorities for the future with @MTCBATA — you could win a $50 gift card. Text "Plan" to (415) 639 5040 #PlanBayArea2050

09/19/2020
Oakland Central

Live right NOW!!

Join us for an AMP Oakland Livestream Concert featuring Lady Lady Bianca to celebrate Oakland Cocktail Week!

Pick-up a cocktail and a bite to eat from one of the participating bars or restaurants and sit back, relax, and enjoy some great music virtually during Oakland Cocktail Month.
Lady Bianca is a Gospel and R&B vocalist/pianist, artist, and producer with roots in Kansas City, MO. She has performed, recorded, and toured the world with Frank Zappa, Sly Stone, Van Morrison, John Lee Ho**er, and Hall of Fame legends Bobby Bland, Willie Dixon, Etta James, Curtis Mayfield, Koko Taylor, Joe Louis Walker, and dozens more.

This year's Oakland Cocktail Week theme is "Keep it Spirited, Keep it Oakland" as a fundraising effort to help support Oakland's local bars, restaurants, and spirits community!
To donate and support Oakland local bars, restaurants, and spirits community, visit https://www.oaklandcocktailweek.com/donate.

Tune in this morning around 11:45am on ABC to find out about a plan in place help to increase vibrancy in downtown Oakla...
09/18/2020

Tune in this morning around 11:45am on ABC to find out about a plan in place help to increase vibrancy in downtown Oakland with 'Flex Streets' initiative. The initiative is a way to better utilize the streets and sidewalks while continuing to maintain social distancing and safe space for people to gather in downtown Oakland.
https://abc7news.com/watch/?ex_cid=vuemix_HP_live

Tune in this morning around 11:45am on ABC to find out about a plan in place help to increase vibrancy in downtown Oakland with 'Flex Streets' initiative. The initiative is a way to better utilize the streets and sidewalks while continuing to maintain social distancing and safe space for people to gather in downtown Oakland.

https://abc7news.com/watch/?ex_cid=vuemix_HP_live

09/11/2020
Oakland Central

Guess who has a new look and feel? The www.oaklandcentral.com website, that’s who! Stop by to check out the fresh vibe and content and, while you’re there, take a look at the revamped business directory and events page. Show your OAKLAND LOVE and shop local!

Our passion at Oakland Central is to promote and support our independent businesses, especially during these difficult times, but we know they will need even more Town love as we emerge from the disruption created by the pandemic. OC will continue to evolve its approach to meet the needs of our beloved businesses, so keep coming back to see the latest news and happenings in downtown Oakland by signing up on the email list!

Be sure to follow Oakland Central at @oakcental both on Facebook and Instagram.

#oakcental, #oaklandcentral, #downtownoakland, #oakland, #oaklandsmallbusiness, #supportoaklandlocal

Guess who has a new look and feel? The Oakland Central website, that’s who! Stop by to check out the fresh vibe and content and, while you’re there, take a look at the revamped business directory and events page. Show your OAKLAND LOVE and shop local!

Our passion here at Oakland Central is promoting and supporting our independent business, especially during these difficult times, but we know they will need even more Town love as we emerge from the disruption created by the pandemic. We at OC will continue to evolve our approach to meet the needs of our beloved businesses, so keep coming back to see the latest news and happenings in downtown Oakland!

Be sure to check out the new www.oaklandcentral.com and follow us on our social media channels @oakcental for ongoing updates on happenings in downtown Oakland.

06/24/2020

myCovidMD is providing FREE COVID-19 Testing in Oakland TODAY in downtown Oakland on 13th Street at 1300 Broadway from 1pm-5pm.

There will be a DJ on-site and other community-centered surprises!

For more information about COVIDmd visit: https://covidmd.org/

06/08/2020
Mayor Libby Schaaf

It was incredible to see the hundreds of volunteers who came out today to help clean-up #Oakland look good. Thank you Charles Taylor and Charlese Banks of The Town Experience!!!

Over 500 volunteers out today cleaning up downtown and supporting our small businesses. This is Oakland 💚 A huge thank you to Uptown Downtown and #TheTownExperience for organizing this incredible event.

Elisse Douglass, one of our board members, organized a GoFundMe to help support the Black-owned businesses affected duri...
06/02/2020
Oakland Black Business Damage Fund organized by Elisse Douglass

Elisse Douglass, one of our board members, organized a GoFundMe to help support the Black-owned businesses affected during the demonstrations and what an incredible response that was received in raising over $45K!

Due to the amount of support that was received, businesses will be able to start applying for funds this evening!!! The funds will start with up to $500 grants per business and will allocate more funds as more money is raised. See link in the comments to apply.
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The GoFundMe project is still accepting donations: click here for more information: https://www.gofundme.com/f/oakland-black-business-damage-fund?utm_source=fb_copy_link&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet

Oakland Black Business Damage Fund“A riot is the voice of the unheard” - MLKFriends… Elisse Douglass needs your support for Oakland Black Business Damage Fund

We want to thank all of the volunteers who have come out to help clean our downtown Oakland!  Thank you! Thank you!!  Th...
06/02/2020

We want to thank all of the volunteers who have come out to help clean our downtown Oakland! Thank you! Thank you!! Thank you Jana Pastena for keeping the volunteers hydrated and a great big thank you to Charlese Banks of @The Town Experience and Charles Taylor for keeping everything going smoothly.

If you would like to volunteer, please visit https://downtownoakland.org/ and fill out the volunteer form and further information will be forward to you about when and where to show up to volunteer.

The Kenneth Rainin Foundation has partnered with the City of Oakland to launch a relief fund with $625,000 for artists a...
05/19/2020
East Bay/Oakland Arts Relief Fund Launches - Kenneth Rainin Foundation

The Kenneth Rainin Foundation has partnered with the City of Oakland to launch a relief fund with $625,000 for artists and culture workers living in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. Approximately $300,000 of the funds will be made available for Oakland residents. https://krfoundation.org/east-bay-oakland-relief-fund-for-individuals-in-the-arts/.

The Kenneth Rainin Foundation, working with the City of Oakland as well as a host of partner funds, foundations, and individuals, announced today that they have launched a relief fund with $625,000 for artists and culture workers living in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties with at least $300,000 ded...

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💃Missing in-person events? This coming July 9-10-11 / 16-17-18 SPACES: Oakland amazing dancers will perform at the beautiful Oakland City Hall and Frank H. Ogawa Plaza. Participants are invited to inhabit in a new way these symbols of government that have shaped today’s urban space and life. More information here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/spaces-oakland-tickets-155638786801 Developed as part of the Oakland/Saint-Denis cooperation project of Villa San Francisco in coproduction with the French American Cultural Society (FACS), the INSTITUT FRANÇAIS, California Humanities, and in collaboration with Légendes Urbaines, which brings together urban and cultural actors, institutions and academics in the San Francisco Bay Area and Grand Paris. In partnership with the City of Oakland - Local Government Cultural Affairs Division, Destiny Arts Center, BANDALOOP, Downtown Oakland Association, The Townfolk Project , and YR Media. This project is made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit calhum.org. Additional support is provided by the French Embassy in the U.S., The Clorox Company Foundation , and the MAP Fund.
This Thursday Community Kitchens at T4 清茶達人 Oakland CA and Baby Cafe 寶貝茶記 are serving our unsheltered community. Big thanks to Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce for providing support to ensure participation of our beloved Chinatown mom and pops. Every $10 = 🍽Hot Meal🍽 🤜🏿🤜Donate if you can. ckoakland.com #CommunityKitchens #KeepItOakland #OakProud #Oakland Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce Downtown Oakland Association Oakland Central
Our #CommunityKitchens are cooking in Chinatown. Today both Gum Kuo Restaurant and Yung Kee Restaurant are serving meals to our unsheltered community. Big thanks to Love and Justice in the Streets: Oakland Homelessness Advocacy Group our frontline healers who are the true heroes getting essential services to those who need it most. DONATE ckoakland.org Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce Downtown Oakland Association Oakland Central #StrongerTogether #OakProud
Happy to announce this week our #CommunityKitchens have now served over 🍽🍽🍽 7,500 meals. Last week we launched our newest community partner Love & Justice in the Streets. And this week we have 4 new restaurant partners from #Oakland Chinatown. Help us keep our kitchens cooking for those who need it most. 🤜🏿🤜DONATE ckoakland.org Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce Oakland Central Downtown Oakland Association #OakProud #TownBiz #OaklandLove
Community Kitchens is one month old & just yesterday we served our 5000th meal!!! We started Luka's Taproom & Lounge & expanded to over 24 restaurant partners. We are now serving 5 organizations with meals 🍽 to feed our unsheltered community. Help us continue to feed our neighbors in need and support local jobs & restaurants. 🤜 DONATE ckoakland.org #StrongerTogether #TogetherApart #OakProud #TownBiz #OaklandLove #KeepItOakland Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce Oakland Vietnamese Chamber of Commerce The Unity Council Oakland Central Lake Merritt-Uptown Oakland Downtown Oakland Association Visit Oakland The Berkeley Free Clinic The East Oakland Collective
We're proud to announce all our new Community Kitchens restaurant partners. We can't have Community Kitchens without our community! If you are able to help us help more restaurants and feed more unsheltered Oaklanders, please donate (link below). Thank you! Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce Oakland Vietnamese Chamber of Commerce The Unity Center Downtown Oakland Association #StrongerTogether #TogetherApart #CommunityKitchens #OakProud #ChefsForAmerica #Oakland Donation Link: https://www.gofundme.com/f/luka039s-community-kitchen?fbclid=IwAR0hUrXRlyhvm2ZlZzkvq7dvF8bDcE1_XGvAuvWdtGITQm3Zkw0DcAIiMHU
Are you ready to feast? #EATOAKPROUD and enjoy the tastes of Oakland while eating local during Oakland Restaurant Week Jan 9-20! Post your food pics (max 1 pic/day) on Oakland Chamber's Instagram or FB; add hashtag #EATOAKPROUD; tag @OaklandChamber and you’re entered to win 2 roundtrip Southwest Airlines tickets to any published #USA destination including #Hawaii! Winner selected by random drawing from entrants Jan 21. Rules at oaklandchamber.com. #EATOAKPROUD throughout #oakland neighborhoods – Downtown Oakland Association The Lakeshore Business Improvement District Lake Merritt-Uptown Oakland Rockridge District Association Montclair Village @LaurelDistrictAssociation The Unity Council Oakland First Fridays Jack London Square. For more tasty #ORW2020 fun food activities check Visit Oakland at www.oaklandrestaurantweek.org Thanks to our Oakland Chambers community – Oakland African American Chamber of Commerce - OAACC Oakland Vietnamese Chamber of Commerce Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce and Oakland Latino Chamber! #OAKPROUD #ORW20
#EATOAKPROUD! Unleash your inner foodie and enjoy the tastes of Oakland while eating local during Oakland Restaurant Week Jan 9-20! Post your food pics (max 1 pic/day); add hashtag #EATOAKPROUD; tag @OaklandChamber and you’re entered to win 2 roundtrip Southwest Airlines tickets to any published #USA destination including #Hawaii! Winner selected by random drawing from entrants Jan 21. Rules at oaklandchamber.com. #EATOAKPROUD #OAKPROUD #ORW20 everywhere in #oakland Downtown Oakland Association The Lakeshore Business Improvement District Lake Merritt-Uptown Oakland Rockridge District Association Montclair Village @laureldistrictassociation Oakland First Fridays Jack London Improvement DistrictThank you to our promotion partners Oakland African American Chamber of Commerce - OAACC Oakland Vietnamese Chamber of Commerce Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce and #OaklandLatinoChamber For more tasty #ORW2020 fun food activities check www.oaklandrestaurantweek.org
Get ready to #EATOAKPROUD Jan 9-20 for your chance to win two roundtrip Southwest Airlines tickets to any published #USA domestic destination including #Hawaii!! Unleash your inner foodie and enjoy the tastes of Oakland while eating local during Oakland Restaurant Week! Post your food pics (max 1 pic/day); add hashtag #EATOAKPROUD; tag @OaklandChamber! Winner selected by random drawing from entrants Jan 21. Rules at oaklandchamber.com. #EATOAKPROUD #OAKPROUD #ORW20 everywhere in #oakland – Downtown Oakland Association The Lakeshore Business Improvement District Lake Merritt-Uptown Oakland Montclair Village @laureldistrictassociation Rockridge, Oakland, California The Unity Council Oakland First Fridays Jack London Square. Thank you to our partners Oakland African American Chamber of Commerce - OAACC Oakland Vietnamese Chamber of Commerce Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce and #OaklandLatinoChamber
Dopest New Year's Eve Party in Oakland @BRIX 581 | 2 Rooms of Music Featuring: Sake One, Lady Ryan, David Montoya, CoFlo, Rahiem Jihad & Myself... Don't sleep!!
Enter 2019's #shopOAKPROUD photo contest! Post holiday #shopping pics now thru Friday, Dec 20, taken at local #Oakland businesses. Use hashtag #shopoakproud in post, tag location/biz and be entered to win two round trip Southwest Airlines tickets to any published, domestic destination including #Hawaii! Happy Holidays from the Chamber and our partners: Oakland African American Chamber of Commerce - OAACC; Oakland Vietnamese Chamber of Commerce; Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce and #OaklandLatinoChamberofCommerce Downtown Oakland Association; The Lakeshore Business Improvement District; Lake Merritt-Uptown Oakland; Rockridge District Association; Montclair Village; @LaurelDistrictAssociation; The Unity Council; Oakland First Fridays; and Jack London Square. Rules at oaklandchamber.com/chamber-contests #oaklandphotographer #oaklandevents #oaklandeats #shoplocal
Enter 2019's #shopOAKPROUD photo contest! Post holiday #shopping pics now thru Dec 20 taken at local Oakland businesses. Use hashtag #shopoakproud in post, tag location/biz and be entered to win two round trip Southwest Airlines tickets to any published, domestic destination including #Hawaii! Support local business: Oakland African American Chamber of Commerce - OAACC; Oakland Vietnamese Chamber of Commerce; Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce; #OaklandLatinoChamberofCommerce and our Business Improvement Districts Downtown Oakland Association, Lake Merritt-Uptown Oakland, Rockridge District Association, Montclair Village, https://www.facebook.com/Laurel-District-Association-286382611411409/?tn-str=k*F, The Unity Council, The Lakeshore Business Improvement District, Koreatown-Northgate, Oakland, Jack London Improvement District. Rules at oaklandchamber.com/chamber-contests #oaklandphotographer #oaklandevents #oaklandeats #shoplocal