Sunday’s Pride celebration was a huge success, but it’s not the last big outdoor festival happening in Oakland this year. Coming up, we still have the 21st annual Art & Soul Oakland festival, and this year the organizers are teaming up with AfroComicCon. The events will be taking over Frank Ogawa Plaza and City Hall next Sunday. We’re also highlighting an all-Native American comedian show at the Oakland Museum of California and much more.

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Mac for Maui at Homeroom

Through Sept. 18, Homeroom will donate all proceeds from its “Hawaiian mac” to help victims of the Maui wildfire. Credit: courtesy of Homeroom

It’s been a month since the deadliest wildfire in more than a century leveled the historic town of Lahaina on Maui. People near and far have since banded together to lend a helping hand, and Oakland is no exception. Homeroom, a mac n’ cheese-focused restaurant in North Oakland, is donating all proceeds from its delicious “Hawaiian Mac” to the Maui Food Bank to help victims. 

Through Sept. 18, order in person or online, 4007 Webster St. 

Candlelight Concerts in Oakland

A candlelight concert at St. George’s Hall in Liverpool. Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland hosts a similar event paying tribute to popular artists and composers. Credit: courtesy of Fever

The popular candlelight concert series is back at Chabot Space & Science Center. This unique event features a quartet on stage surrounded by LED candles, performing live renditions of various songs by famous artists. Upcoming concerts include tributes to ABBA and the composer and film-scorer Hans Zimmer. Later in the fall, the music of Puerto Rican rapper and songwriter Bad Bunny will celebrated. The series also includes Halloween and Christmas-themed nights. 

Monthly, starting Sept. 14, $36-$39, 10000 Skyline Blvd. 

Lincoln Summer Nights: Chuseok mid-autumn festival

Illustration of the Chuseok, a mid-autumn Korean harvest festival. Credit: Jason Yen

Lincoln Summer Nights, a monthly cultural event at Lincoln Square Park in Chinatown, will have two more events before calling it a wrap for this season. On Thursday, community members will gather to listen and learn from Korean and Chinese elders during a special edition of Lincoln Summer Nights celebrating Chuseok, also known as Hangawi, a Korean harvest festival that takes place every autumn. There will be a charye table, or traditional Chuseok supper altar, an offering to elders past and present. Attendees can contribute memories and stories to the altar in exchange for mooncakes and songpyeon (half-moon-shaped rice cakes.)

Thursday, Sept. 14, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., free to attend, 261 11th St.

Good Medicine: A Night of Live Native Stand-Up

Good Medicine host Jackie Keliiaa speaks at a recent event at OMCA. Credit: Jim McCambridge

The stand-up comedy show, “Good Medicine,” which features Native American comedians, sold out last year at OMCA, and this year will be no exception. Comedians Siena East (HBO/Max), Marc Yaffee (Showtime), Tatanka Means (Killers of the Flower Moon), and host Jackie Keliiaa are on this year’s lineup. Guests can bring picnic blankets and food or buy goodies from one of the Off the Grid food trucks on-site the night of the event. 

Saturday, Sept. 16, $1 (for EBT holders), $20-$25, 1000 Oak St.

Art & Soul Oakland/AfroComicCon 2023

The crowd at last year’s Art & Soul festival. Credit: courtesy of the festival

Get ready for a full day of street festivities and an interactive comic convention in downtown Oakland. The Art & Soul festival will be centered in and around Frank Ogawa Plaza, with live music on three stages. The performers include Latyrx & Friends (hip-hop artists Lyrics Born and Lateef the Truthspeaker), 2023 Grammy winners Alphabet Rockers, and a star-studded Women in Hip Hop Revue. There will also be activities for kids and community booths.

At the same time, inside Oakland City Hall, AfroComicCon will feature a variety of panels, workshops, live tech demos, and more. Speakers at this year’s convention include Rodney Barnes, award-winning writer, producer, and comic book creator of The Boondocks, Winning Time, and Everybody Hates Chris, and Oakland twins Shawnee and Shawnelle Gibbs, creators of comics and graphic novels who’ve also written for television, film, and animation productions.

Sunday, Sept. 17, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., free to attend, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza

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.