Oakland, California Art And Soul Festival


Oakland Art + Soul Music, Food

September 17, 2023, 12-6 p.m.

Frank Ogawa Plaza and City Center, encompassing 10 city blocks. Festival's entrance gates at 14th Street and Broadway, Oakland, CA.

Art + Soul returns to downtown Oakland’s Frank Ogawa Plaza 


Sensational  music, food, fun and art in beautiful downtown Oakland. This year's lineup will celebrate the rich heritage and bright future of Oakland music! Lineups subject to change.

Art + Soul 

2023 Line up

  • Celebrating 50 Years of Hip Hop!
    Hosted by Davey D
  • Hip Hop for Change Artists Showcase
    2023 GRAMMY® Winners: Alphabet Rockers
  • Women in Hip Hop Revue
    MCs Suga-T, RyanNicole, Coco Peila, Dakini Star, Gina Madrid, Breathless, Shy’an G, and Versoul, all backed by DJ LadyRyan
  • AfroComiCon Fashion Show
  • Latyrx (Lyrics Born and Lateef the TruthSpeaker)
  • AfroComiCom Fashion Show
  • Community Dance Auditions
    Hosted by Carla Service, Dance-A-Vision Oakland
  • Oakland Public Conservatory of Music
    Special performance in memory of Victor McElhaney
  • Gospel Hour
    Hosted by Dr. Pastor Bo Jackson
    Featuring: LB and Friends, Josh Carter, Sean Dodson, Anthony Washington & Levitical Movement
  • LB and Friends
  • Josh Carter
  • Sean Dodson
  • Anthony Washington & Levitical Movement
  • West Coast Blues Society


Past vendors - check back in August for food vendors

Beer, wine and other beverages sold

  • Seafood, Jambalaya, Gumbo and Crawfish
  • Etoufee Catfish, Snapper
  • Oysters, Crab Cakes, Shrimp
  • Hush Puppies with remoulade sauce
  • Ethiopian,  Tikka Masala, Hawaiian BBQ
  • Veggie Pakoras Pork, Chicken or Veggie Lumpia and Malasadas
  • Tri Tip
  • Sausage Sandwiches
  • Smoked Turkey Legs
  • Jerk Chicken, Fried Chicken
  • Funnel Cakes, Jazzy Juice Drinks

Held in happening downtown Oakland, considered the centerpiece of a cultural and economic renaissance, the festival promises an unforgettable day packed with live music and dance, beer & wine, great eats from popular food vendors, an eclectic artisan marketplace, art exhibits and the largest Family Fun Zone of any festival in the Bay Area.

Art + Soul Oakland is Northern California's most accessible festival offering direct service from BART (12th Street - Oakland City Center Station) and plentiful affordable parking in the adjacent City Center West Garage. Art + Soul Oakland is presented by the City of Oakland in association with the East Bay Express.

Events are not guaranteed. It is your responsibility to confirm before going.

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