The F Bomb comedy show takes place every Wednesday at Mad Oak. Credit: Jim McCambridge

For those who’ve been eagerly awaiting the return of Oakland First Fridays, the long wait is almost over. Organizers announced via social media this week that the popular Telegraph Avenue street festival will be back on October 1. “We can’t wait to be reunited,” the post read. There is no information yet as to how vendors can register. 

Don’t forget that Alameda County has had a mask mandate in place since Aug. 3 for indoor activities, and health officials  strongly recommend masking when in “crowded outdoor settings and in non-public indoor settings, like a private residence, when you are with people you do not live with.” 

Due to the pandemic, we will continue to highlight only outdoor (and some virtual) events in this space. If there’s an event you think we should feature, email me at, or fill out the form at the bottom of this page.

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Bulky Block Party

On the last Saturday of every month, Oakland residents can take advantage of this free city service to dispose of any large unwanted items that you may have scattered around your home. You can choose to bring only a few items and use the express lane, or a whole truckload. The service is only for individuals who live in Oakland, and not for businesses. Proof of residency, such as a copy of a bill, is required.

Every last Saturday of the month, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., free, 7101 Edgewater Dr.

Storefront Market

When the Oaklandside spoke to Fantastic Negrito in June, he talked about his plans to turn the empty lot next to Storefront Records, his indie record label, into a community space to hold outdoor events. Since then, he started the storefront market, where every month features a different theme with vendors, and live music. This month’s theme is “Recycle, Upcycle, You-Cycle.” Stop by this weekend to pick up handmade goods, reusable items, used clothing, and more. There will also be live music and food trucks.

Saturday, August 28, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., free, Storefront Records, 3431 San Pablo Ave.

Paint and sip party at Lake Merritt

For those who want to discover their inner Bob Ross while sipping wine and mingling with friends, this event at the Lake Merritt Pergola is one to check out. Your ticket gives you a drink, one canvas, and an apron. The host (Fan Love) will provide the paint and brushes. Bring your picnic blanket or chair and pick a grassy area to work on your creation with guidance from art instructor Romin.

Saturday, August 28, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., $25-$80, Fan Love, 599 El Embarcadero

Resource fair and virtual mural unveiling

Building Opportunity for Self-Sufficiency (BOSS) will take over Frank Ogawa Plaza on Saturday for a community resource fair and mural unveiling. Food will be provided by 5 Sikh Seva and Community Kitchens. There will also be a backpack giveaway, free PPE, and on-site COVID-19 testing and vaccinations. DJ Squaropolis will be providing live entertainment while games, mural unveilings, and other activities are going on. 

Saturday, August 28, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., free, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza

F Bomb Presents: Mad Jokes at Mad Oak

The popular bar on 12th Street, which offers a large patio and a rooftop deck, hosts an outdoor comedy show every Wednesday. In addition to drinks, guests can enjoy food courtesy of The Lumpia Company. Mad Oak is one of a growing list of local businesses requiring that guests show proof of vaccination. If you don’t want to risk losing your original vaccination card by carrying it in your wallet, then you can download a digital copy through the state’s website

Every Wednesday, 8:30 p.m., free, Mad Oak, 135 12th Street

Azucena Rasilla is a bilingual journalist from East Oakland reporting in Spanish and in English, and a longtime reporter on Oakland arts, culture and community. As an independent local journalist, she has reported for KQED Arts, The Bold Italic, Zora and The San Francisco Chronicle. She was a writer and social media editor for the East Bay Express, helping readers navigate Oakland’s rich artistic and creative landscapes through a wide range of innovative digital approaches.