Oakland Forever is a celebration of the people, places and things that make Oakland a fantastic neighborhood. This event is being organized and led by Oakland community organizations, residents, institutions and businesses. 2014 is a special milestone year, marking the 175th anniversary of when the community was first identified as “Oakland”!
Drawing on the profound history of Oakland, the current culture of innovation among institutional partners, and the strong sense of community pride, this weekend will highlight and mark Oakland’s unique and vibrant character.
Oakland Forever will kick off with opening ceremonies under the tent in Schenley Plaza the afternoon of Friday, October 10, 2014. Throughout that evening, Oakland Forever attendees will enjoy live music and performances on the Main Stage in Schenley Plaza, restaurant and business specials throughout Oakland's business districts, free tours of the Nationality Rooms, and much more. Festivities will resume the morning of Saturday, October 11, as community members and visitors return for a day of live music and performances, outdoor activities, family fun, an artist and craft market, historical retrospectives, art and photography exhibits, lectures and symposiums, and access to Oakland's world-class cultural amenities, including free tours at the Nationality Rooms, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and Hillman Library, as well as free admission to the Carnegie Museum of Art and Carnegie Museum of Natural History as part of the RADical Days programming.