Black Business Expo
Jul
22
Jul 23

Black Business Expo

  • OAKLAND ALAMEDA COUNTY COLISEUM

Exhibiting information or call 510-473-7759.

The Bay Area Black Expo in Oakland is a “destination event” with people attending from around the country. This historic event will provide the opportunity for attendees to experience a Health Fair, Tech Fair, Job Showcase, Wealth Pavilion, Music Showcase, Small Business Resource Center, College Day, Home Ownership Fair, Food Pavilion, and many more. Do not miss out on the biggest African American event of the year!

We’re looking for food vendors, colleges, universities, non-profits, retail, local city, county and government agencies from all vocations that are recruiting or have cutting edge products and services to sell and display to attending patrons. 

 

Oakland First Friday Vending
Aug
4
5:00 pm17:00

Oakland First Friday Vending

Vendor information here.

Oakland First Fridays is an immersive art and community experience on the first Friday of each month from 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Telegraph Avenue from West Grand to 27th Street. Oakland's KONO district springs to life with for this event, with galleries, artist collectives, street artists, local culinary artisans, performers, musicians, dancers, DJ’s, and poets gathering for Oakland First Friday events.

Thousands of people come from across the Bay Area and beyond to see and experience art, be inspired, eat great food, enjoy live music, and stroll through the amazing, eclectic city of Oakland. An economic impact report shows that the Oakland First Fridays has a major, positive economic impact on the KONO community. To learn more, download the economic impact report by Victoria Swift.

Laurel Street Fair Vending
Aug
12
11:00 am11:00

Laurel Street Fair Vending

Vending information and application here.

The Laurel Street Fair is proud to produce an admission free, outdoor community festival that is open to all! Featuring over three blocks of locally made accessories and crafts, fantastic visual & performance artists, an engaging children's carnival, a mouth-watering collection of local chefs & pop-up kitchens, California Beer Society’s Biergarten, and of course, a musical line up that honors Oakland’s exceptionally beautiful and diverse population. 

Art + Soul Oakland Vending
Aug
19
12:00 pm12:00

Art + Soul Oakland Vending

  • Downtown Oakland

Click here to start your application, or read the detailed descriptions below and click Apply on your category.  If you are unsure of which category to choose, please contact us at the email address below and we'll help you decide which category is best for you.

2017 Festival Highlights:  

  • National Recording Artists + Hot Local Bands
  • Blues & Gospel Showcases
  • Urban Dance Stage
  • Turf Dance Battle
  • Artisan Marketplace
  • Kinetic Arts Circus Stage
  • Beer + Wine + Food
  • Street Performers
  • Family Fun Zone 
  • More to come - check back for updates!
East Bay Express' Pride Issue
Aug
30
12:30 pm12:30

East Bay Express' Pride Issue

In partnership with Oakland Pride, the Express publishes the official Oakland Pride Guide and celebrates the festival and parade in this special edition of the newspaper. 

Advertising Deadline: Aug. 25, 2017
Publication Date: Aug. 30, 2017

To advertise, call: 510-879-3777
 

Oakland First Friday Vending
Sep
1
5:00 pm17:00

Oakland First Friday Vending

Vendor information here.

Oakland First Fridays is an immersive art and community experience on the first Friday of each month from 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Telegraph Avenue from West Grand to 27th Street. Oakland's KONO district springs to life with for this event, with galleries, artist collectives, street artists, local culinary artisans, performers, musicians, dancers, DJ’s, and poets gathering for Oakland First Friday events.

Thousands of people come from across the Bay Area and beyond to see and experience art, be inspired, eat great food, enjoy live music, and stroll through the amazing, eclectic city of Oakland. An economic impact report shows that the Oakland First Fridays has a major, positive economic impact on the KONO community. To learn more, download the economic impact report by Victoria Swift.

Sponsorships - Temescal Street Flicks 2017
Sep
7
7:30 pm19:30

Sponsorships - Temescal Street Flicks 2017

  • Kasper's Plaza

Temescal Street Flicks, is an engaging outdoor film series happening every Thursday evening in September in the heart of of Temescal at Kasper’s Plaza (Telegraph and 46th) in Oakland, CA. Sponsored by the Temescal Telegraph Business Improvement District, Temescal Street Flicks will focus on showcasing local, independent and family-friendly films. The weekly outdoor films will draw local Oakland residents and attendees from all over the Bay Area. The Temescal BID is coordinating extensive marketing and ads to attract an expected attendance of thousands to Temescal’s annual outdoor movie series.

You’re invited to participate as a sponsor in Temescal Street Flicks, a fun night with family and friends, with great films, delicious food from local restaurants and craft beer from nearby establishments! Be a part of Temescal’s local, independent and family friendly event series.

Please contact Consuelo Jacobs, Temescal Street Flicks producer if you are interested: rikaevents@gmail.com or 510-914-6701. The below sponsorship benefits can be further customized to suit the marketing or community engagement needs of your particular organization.

Or to expedite your sponsorship, email Consuelo and send a check by Monday, July 10th, 2017. Payable to: Temescal Telegraph Community Association (can be abbreviated TTCA), 4430 Telegraph Avenue #49, Oakland, CA 94609

More information here.

Small Business & Nonprofit Fair
Sep
13
4:00 pm16:00

Small Business & Nonprofit Fair

  • Oakland Marriott City Center

Hosted by the Oakland Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Wells Fargo, the 2017 Small Business & Nonprofit Fair is an event filled with business development and learning opportunities. 

 

To register as an Exhibitor or Sponsor: 510-874-4806

 

Wednesday, September 13

4:00p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Oakland Marriott City Center

1001 Broadway

Oakland CA 94607 

 

Attendees: Event entry is Free to Chamber members; $10 for non-members.

Rockridge Out and About Vending
Sep
17
12:00 pm12:00

Rockridge Out and About Vending

On Sunday September 17, Oakland’s beloved Rockridge neighborhood will welcome thousands from all over the region to shop, dine and explore at our 11th Rockridge Out & About festival. Mark your calendars now for a fun-filled day celebrating all that makes Rockridge a great place to live, work, shop and play! The free, family-friendly festivities run from noon-6pm along a strollable 12-block stretch of College Avenue. 

Vendor applications can be submitted here

Booth Spaces are typically 10' x 10' and do not include any equipment. Canopies, tables, and chairs are available for rent from us through our local equipment rental provider.

Oaktoberfest Vending
Sep
29
Sep 30

Oaktoberfest Vending

Be a vendor at the 10th Annual Oaktoberfest in the Dimond!

Retail, Artisan, Informational or Community Booth
Retail Booth (10 x 10) weekend space starts at $400
Artisan, Info, Non-profit (10 x 10) weekend space starts at $175

Food Vendor (Commercial & Non-Profit) 
Single Food Booth (10 x 10) weekend space starts at $600
Food Booth w/ cook space (10 x 20) weekend space starts at $900

More info here

Green Festival Expo
Nov
11
Nov 12

Green Festival Expo

  • Pier 35

More information and rates here.

Green Festival® is a vibrant, dynamic marketplace where companies and organizations come to showcase their green products and services, and where people go to learn how to live healthier, more sustainable lives.

It is America’s largest and longest-running sustainability and green living event. We bring together the world’s most trusted companies, innovative brands, national and local businesses, pioneering thinkers, and conscious consumers in one place to promote the best in sustainability and green living.

East Bay Express' Holiday Guide
Nov
22
12:01 am00:01

East Bay Express' Holiday Guide

The country's best Holiday Guide features our annual wrap-up of the best events, fairs, concerts, and dance and theater productions during the holiday season. It also includes our yearly gift giving ideas, featuring a multitude of choices for books, toys, games, clothing, food items, music, and more. It includes our annual charitable giving guide, along with ideas for winter getaways and trips to the snow. 

Advertising deadline: Nov. 15, 2017
Publication date: Nov. 22, 2017

To advertise, call: 510-879-3777
 

National Plaid Friday
Nov
24
12:01 am00:01

National Plaid Friday

Mark the date. Oakland Grown will be rolling out marketing collateral and messaging for Plaid Friday. A link will be posted here and OG members will be notified. Many business districts participate with coordinated marketing efforts while individual businesses get into the plaid theme and offer specials, cocktails, live entertainment, give-a-ways, and more! 

The name Plaid Friday was conceived from the idea of weaving the individual threads of small businesses together to create a strong fabric that celebrates the diversity and creativity of independent businesses. Plaid Friday is the relaxing and enjoyable alternative to the big box store “Black Friday,” and is designed to promote both local and independently owned businesses during the holidays.

Plaid Friday was conceptualized in Oakland, CA, a city known for strong shop local campaigns. Plaid Friday strives to bring back the days when shopping for friends and family during the holidays was a pleasurable and leisurely activity. 

National Small Business Saturday
Nov
25
12:01 am00:01

National Small Business Saturday

The annual Small Business Saturday campaign encourages people to visit their local, independent businesses for holiday shopping, dining and services the Saturday following Thanksgiving. In 2015, Small Business Saturday generated record numbers. 95 million people participated — an 8 percent increase from 2014 — and spending increased 14 percent from the previous year, reaching $16.2 billion in the U.S. Here are a few ways you can maximize the benefit to your community or business.

10 Tips for maximizing Small Business Saturday here.

KPFA's 47th Annual Crafts Fair
Nov
25
Nov 26

KPFA's 47th Annual Crafts Fair

The Craneway Crafts Fair features the original hand-made work of over 200 jury-selected artists presenting a remarkable array of holiday gift options for people of all ages. The Fair showcases established and emerging talents in contemporary art and craft; innovative designers who produce one-of-a-kind, handmade and limited edition goods in a wide variety of media. These artists and craftspeople combine new and traditional techniques with modern design aesthetics to produce appealingly fresh and innovative work.

Craneway Crafts Fair producer, Jan Etre, finds the Craneway Pavilion on Richmond’s scenic waterfront to be the ideal location: “We’ve found the perfect venue for our bi-annual event: a beautifully restored historic building that’s flooded with a glorious natural light in which the artists can best present their work. And the location is not only stunning, but easily accessible, with ample free parking and a free shuttle we from the Richmond BART Station!”

For more info and to contact the event producers go here

Oakland Cottage Industry Show - Vending
Dec
2
10:00 am10:00

Oakland Cottage Industry Show - Vending

  • Park Blvd Presbyterian Church

the 10th Oakland Cottage Industry Show

We are already organizing our 2017 artisan shows – this one in May and the Holiday show in December. Our aim continues to be showcasing all the talent and skill that is thriving in our neighborhoods. If you are part of the hidden cottage industry that is happening around us, we invite you to submit an application to exhibit at our show. We welcome back all the terrific vendors who participated in since 2012, and new artisan vendors who are interested in joining our ‘community’. Please note that spaces are limited.

And, to our local communities who are looking forward to attending, appreciating, and purchasing treasures and gifts: DO come and support this local talent, and discover the perfect treasure and gifts for yourself, your friends, and your loved ones!

OaklandCottageIndustry.org


Advertise in Best of the East Bay 2017! 
Jul
11
8:30 am08:30

Advertise in Best of the East Bay 2017! 

The East Bay Express' annual Guide to the best businesses in the region, voted by readers and picked by editors. This is one of the most popular and most promoted issues of the year. Locals reference the winners throughout the year as they explore the very best of what the East Bay has to offer.

This is the perfect opportunity to advertise what makes your business the best. Is it your grandmother's recipes? Your signature cocktail? Your killer jukebox selection? Your one-of-kind designer wares? Your donations to local charities? Don't be shy, this issue all about showing off!

Publication date: July 19. Advertising deadline: July 11. 

Call: 510-879-3700 or Email: Jody.Colley@EastBayExpress.com