We're back!

5th annual Oakland Music Festival (OMF), an interactive music, arts and culture experience dedicated to supporting the local creative economy, taking over Downtown Oakland from September 29th to October 7th 2017.

In 2016 we welcomed over 3,200 guests, across 17 events, over 10 days, for a week of music showcases, parties, panel discussions, workshops and networking events.

For 2017, we are focusing our efforts on offering curated educational and cultural experiences connecting artists, the community, and local stakeholders to highlight Oakland’s vibrant music and arts scene, while also promoting an open dialogue around sustaining this important community.

Discussions will be focused around the theme “CHARGE”: (verb) to agitate, stimulate, or excite; with an agenda of events meant to inform and inspire our creative community and their partners into action.The 5th annual Oakland Music Festival returns for a full weeklong Downtown Oakland takeover!


We'll continue to announce more details on additional acts & events as we near the festival week, so be sure to stay tuned.  

Much love,

The OMF Team



Below was the OMF 2016 event line up:



For the full OMF experience, we are offering a weeklong All-access Pass for just $55 (JUST SOLD OUT!)  Ticket regular Price are now $75

 All-access will get you into all our ticketed events for the week for one low price, in addition to our official #OMF16 swag bag, a commemorative

t-shirt and special VIP-perks throughout the week of the festival.  


SEPT.29 - pre party- Oaklandish Fall 16' LAUnch party

STARLINE SOCIAL CLUB / 8:00pm - 12:00am / RSVP/ *Ages 21+ 

Oaklandish is hosting its Fall Launch Party at Starline Social Club. DJ Criddy and DJ D Sharp will be supplying the sounds all night and specials guest will be in attendance! To celebrate the release of our Fall 2016 collection, we are making this a FREE with RSVP event so tell your friends and come through!


SEPT.30 - egyptian lover / lakim / sick sad world

STARLINE SOCIAL CLUB / 10:00pm - 2:00am / $15 Pre-sale, $20 Door  / *Ages 21+ 

Kicking off the OMF 2016 week with old school vs. new school funky vibes from Los Angeles house/hip-hop pioneer Egyptian Lover (Stones Throw Records), dance/hip-hop genre bending producer LAKIM (Soulection), and Oakland’s own Sick Sad World for our Starline Social Club takeover. 

sept.30 - Creativemornings host May-Li Khoe

Pandora  / 8:30am - 10:00am PDT. Hosted at Pandora HQ (16th Floor Backstage - Webster Tower)  

CreativeMornings is a monthly breakfast lecture series for the creative community. Each event is free of charge, and includes a 20 minute talk, plus coffee! 

May-Li invents new ways for humans to interact with computers. She is currently exploring how to empower learners through curiosity, creativity, and play at Khan Academy, where she directs design and long-term research. Previously, at Apple, she designed and prototyped UI concepts that pushed hardware innovations such as Force Touch, the Taptic Engine, face tracking, multi-touch, location tracking and more. May-Li is a founding DJ of La Pelanga DJ Coalition, and loves dancing, dancing while DJing, blurring the lines between art and code, and daydreaming about joyful ways to subvert the status quo..


THE LEGIONNAIRE SALOON / 2:00pm - 5:00pm / free / *Ages 21+ 

Sundays vibes provided by Suavecito Souldies, a collective of DJs and collectors dedicated to the cultivation and preservation of soul music. Taking over Legionnaire for this free day party, expect the squad to play everything from sweet soul, northern, Panamanian, boogaloo, chicano, and other soulful sounds..

OCT.3 - Massive monday - otayo dub / nick jame$ / T.carrier / show banga / black achilles / sake one / dj shellheart / dj big cali

ERA ART BAR & LOUNGE/ 9:30pm - 1:30am /  $8 Pre-sale, $10 Door/ *Ages 21+ 

Bring your bars for this one. Massive’s monthly cypher / party welcomes special guests Otayo Dubb and Nick Jame$. More guests TBA. 

OCT.4 - ACM II (Art, Culture, Music) - TOOLS FOR THE FUTURE Panel - nima Etminan / sarah sexton / Tomas alvarez III / Kev Choice / baba zumbi

Sole Space/ 6:30pm - 8:00pm /  RSVP

Soak up advice, exclusive insights, and tools for the future from some of the music industry’s most consistent playmakers for part one of OMF’s “Keeping our Cities Creative” series. This year’s ACM panel in collaboration with REHAB Online Magazine will feature Oakland artists Kev Choice and Baba Zumbi (of Zion I), along with industry vets Nima Etminan of Empire Distribution, and Sarah Sexton of Oaktown Indie Mayhem. Focused on practical tips for navigating Oakland’s bubbling indie scene and the broader national music industry, ACM II is your guide to making your next move your best move whether you’re an artist or work behind the scenes. 

OCT.4 - MEzcal & TEQUILA TASTING / b-side brujas

TAMARINDO / 9:30pm - 12Am /  $25 Pre-sale / *Ages 21+ 

DISCLAIMER:  Mezcal + Tequila bar + vinyl DJ sets by Oakland-based vinyl DJs that are changing what music looks and feels like. Spinning oldies, cumbias, boleros, soul, and more, these four women use their music to heal and spread the right energy at the right time. With purchase of ticket you will get a crash 101 course on sipping Mezcal. Get your tickets now before they’re gone. 

OCT.5 - industry mixer / 25th st recording studio  


The 2016 Oakland Music Festival invites you to join industry professionals and prominent creators for an evening at 25th Street Recording Studios in Uptown Oakland. A chance to connect with Bay Area artists, performers, producers, engineers, curators and the like. The event is an 18+ evening featuring keynote speaker, beer and wine for 21+ attendees and local DJs spinning  throughout the evening. RSVP at the link below for the chance to make new connections, develop partnerships and expand your web of community connections in the Oakland area and beyond.


Era Art Bar and Lounge / 9:00pm - 1:30am / $7 Pre-sale, $10 Door  / *Ages 21+ 

If you can stuff one night of Funk / Blues / Electronic / Soul / Hip Hop / Jazz into one night, this is it! Quintessential Town SH!@t!

OCT.6 - Jay stone / black spade / stas thee boss /jusmoni / Yayuh

THE NIGHT LIGHT / 9:30pm - 1:30Am /  $10 Pre-sale, $15 door / *Ages 21+ 

STONED AS F&%K! Oakland rapper / vintage clothing connoisseur Jay Stone and friends hit the Night Light for an intimate night of chilled out raps and rhymes. Shout out to Oakland Surf Club, Mountain  and Crap Eyewear for putting this one together.

OCT.7 - Production showcase w/jay ant, kuya, max kane, trackademicks

Youth Radio / 1701 Broadway Ave, / Friday, October 7 / 6:00-8:00 pm / Free

Some of the Bay Area's most notable young music producers gather for an informative showcase to discuss their musical inspirations, demo their workflow, and lend some tips and tricks for to take your music skills to the next level. Whether you are an aspiring producer or just a curious fan, we encourage you all to come take a peek behind the music creation process.

OCT.7 - Oaklandish first friday artist showcase / Elujay / Rayana Jay

OAKLANDISH HQ / 7:00pm - 10:00pm  / Free event / All Ages

Head to the Oaklandish shop on First Friday for this FREE pop-up artist showcase featuring some of the Bay Area’s best in new talent in hip-hop/soul -- emcee Elujay and R&B(ae) singer Rayana Jay. If that's not enough to get you out of the house (though it really should be), we're pleased to announce that complimentary beer will also be served. Skeddit.


OCT.7 - masego / jay ant / Joyce wrice / Down 2 earth / dreafauxreal

NEW PARISH / 9:00pm - 2:00am / $15 Pre-sale, $20 Door  / *Ages 18+ 

After the (Oaklandish) party it’s the after party, co-headlined by the fearless leader of the Traphouse Jazz Band (better known as Masego) and The Bay’s own rapper/producer extraordinaire Jay Ant. We're pulling out all the stops for this one, so pull up and ball out like "Cena let you push the ‘rarri".


Eli's Mile High Club / Day party - 4:00pm - 8:00pm / $15 Pre-sale, $20 Door  / *Ages 21+ 

The eclectic super-vibe curators of Constellations are connecting you spiritually to Atlanta and Inglewood with the invitation of featured artists SiR, and Byron the Aquarius (Wild Oats / Sound Signature). Soul, Beats, Boogie, Disco, House.

Oct. 8 - Nick Catchdubs / Another Party Fam / Trackademicks / L-Deez

ELI'S MILE HIGH CLUB / 8:30pm - 1:00am / Free before 10:30pm w/ RSVP ($10 After)  / *Ages 21+ 

Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Fool’s Gold Records to the Town! A-Trak’s right hand man and label co-founder Nick Catchdubs headlines a night of debauchery at the historic Eli’s Mile High Club. A rager on the inside, chill vibes outside on the patio, Brooklyn and Oakland never seemed so close until now.

OCT.9 - tambo rays / 8ulentina / big baby gandhi / trill team 6 / namaste shawty / fela kutchii

Classic Car West / 4:00pm - 8:00pm / $ 10 Pre-sale, $15 Door / all ages

Set against one of Oakland’s most unique venues in the form of a  boutique vintage car showroom and multi dimensional gallery/art space -- plus the launch of Oakland's newest clothing shop 411. Headlined by local indie pop rockers The Tambo Rays and Club Chai's 8ulentina, we're closing out the week in style. Enjoy a full selection of local craft beers on tap in the outdoor beer garden a raise a glass to OMF 2016’s closeout event, hosted in collaboration with 411 Oakland.