Oakland’s First Fridays festival returns with thousands gathering for 1st event in more than a year

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Oakland, CA (KGO)-Music, dance and food are all back! Auckland’s first Friday festival is here.“Almost two years later, this is amazing,” said Adriana Contreras, who lives in Auckland.

Her daughter was four months old when Adriana and her family last arrived on the first Friday. Today she talks about the festival and even has her own opinion.

“It’s a great time!” Said Arianca Contreras.

Soul Beatz and three live bands welcome a crowd of 30 to 50,000 people who usually come to outdoor festivals.

“It’s historic, important and powerful for the city of Auckland,” said Soul Beatz musician Rodney Christian-Gilmore.

Related: What to do in the bay: Auckland’s first Friday

The festival also provided a strong financial boost to SMEs.

“I got a smoothie and sandals,” said 12-year-old Ronald Robinson.

In addition, food stands welcomed guests from the entire bay area.

“I live in Stockton,” said Veronica Ortiz.

Ruth Pena: “Have you been from Stockton all the time?”

Veronica Ortiz: “Yes, we’ve been driving this far for this.”

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Local nonprofits such as the Roots Community Health Center had the opportunity to share messages and sell bath products.

Aquil Naji, Chief Operating Officer of the Roots Community Health Center, said:

The festival started 15 years ago when a local gallery began hosting an art walk. Today, in 2021, many artists are pleased to have space to showcase their work.

“It’s great! We were able to have these booths for the first time without barriers,” said Sara Dumanske, owner of Painted Wit.

The owner of Casares Design, Casares is one of the artists who was offered a free booth to sell her work as part of the Spark Artist Collective.

Rachel Sadd, Executive Director of ACE Markerspace, had a piece of wood stand donated by a local artist renting space at ACE. Day. “

The festival also included a car show, 55 vendors, and an art wall with a strong message.

“There were many challenges in Auckland: crime, streets and economics, which are catalysts because they not only bring a lot of art and people, but also connect people,” said Richard Art Felix. I can draw it. “

Masks are highly recommended for this outdoor event.

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