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Join us at the inaugural Oakland Peace Festival organized by Nomadic Press and hosted at the Oakland Peace Center for a celebration of all that is Oakland and peaceful through music, art, writing, food, guest speakers, and community building. All are welcome, and this is a kid-friendly event. The schedule is below and will be updated as performers are confirmed.

The event will take place on three Saturdays: July 27 (theme: Justice), August 24 (theme: Equity), and will culminate  on September 21 (theme: Peace), which is International Day of Peace. Food and art/retail vendors, a “Poet’s Corner” with poets reading and BadAss Bookworm podcasting, Ale Industries beer, and iced Nomadic Coffee will be present in the parking lot just off of Fairmount Avenue. The indoor programming will take place in the sanctuary: a DJ, 5 poets, a guest speaker series on peace building in community with a different speaker each event, and live music by 2 local musicians/groups.

Lanterns will be hung throughout the sanctuary as part of a three-month celebration of lights and peace and separate lanterns will be available for folks to hang with individually written messages of peace on them for a small donation toward future iterations of the festival.

Outdoor programming is free. There are $10 (GA) or $20 (VIP) tickets available for indoor programming. We welcome anyone who can afford to purchase two or more tickets to pay for others to attend who otherwise may not be able to.

This event is organized by Nomadic Press with support from a large and loving community, both old and new. All proceeds will go toward the production of this, and future, festivals.



Oakland Peace Center
111 Fairmount Avenue
Oakland, CA 94611

12–5 PM

Dates: July 27, August 24, September 21

Outdoor Programming (in Parking Lot and Free and Open to Public):

Indoor Programming (Inside the Sanctuary: $10 General Admission, $20 VIP Tickets*)

  • 11:30–12:30 pm: DJ

  • 12:30–1:15 pm: 5 poets (6 min each)

  • 1:15–2:30 pm: Guest Speaker + Q&A

  • 2:45–3:15 pm: Musician (opener)

  • 3:30–4:30 pm: Musician (headliner)

  • 4:30–5 pm: DJ

*VIP TICKETS includes entry, a lantern to hang your own personalized message of peace on, and balcony access where food and drinks are allowed (and wine is sold).


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PAST: JULY 27, 12–5 PM





Ayodele Nzinga
Tongo Eisen-Martin
Tony Aldarondo
Tureeda Mikell
James Cagney


Kelly Curry


Samba Guisse

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