Oakland Art Murmur
What started out 10 years ago as a block party, the “First Fridays” event now takes up much of Telegraph Avenue and attracts thousands of people to Oakland.
Dedicate a couple of hours to an art walk this season to appreciate what the Bay Area has to offer. Many guided walks are free of charge.
The crowds that turned out for First Friday in Oakland found tighter rules and a smaller event, following the murder of an 18-year-old student near last month’s festival.
Oakland leaders plan to go ahead with another First Friday event later this week despite concerns that were raised by a shooting at the last popular downtown monthly event on Feb. 1 that left one person dead and three others wounded.
The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office didn’t file any charges against 19-year-old Donald Parks Jr. for the shooting of 18-year-old Kiante Campbell of Oakland.
A suspect has been arrested in connection with the shooting death of an 18-year-old man shortly after the popular First Friday event in downtown Oakland on Friday night, police said.
Police were investigating a shooting that killed one person and left another injured late Friday night in the vicinity of the Oakland Art Murmur gallery walk, according to Oakland police.
On certain nights every month, neighborhood art galleries throw open their doors to the public. Many offer free wine and small bites, live music and performance art.