Rediscover Oakland on its 170th Birthday

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Oakland, Calif. As we mark Oakland’s 170th birthday and observe Small Business Week, the City of Oakland encourages residents and those employed in Oakland to recommit to the community, reconnect with each other and rediscover what makes Oakland great by taking the Community Pledge

Tomorrow, Wednesday, May 4, a community birthday event will start at 11 a.m. in front of Oakland’s historic City Hall. Corrina Gould from the Sogorea Te’ Land Trust will reflect on the Ohlone peoples who called these lands home prior to colonization. Following remarks by Mayor Libby Schaaf and City Administrator Ed Reiskin, there will be a ceremonial cake cutting, Cultural Strategist Kev Choice will serve as emcee. Music by Oakland-based Atta Kid, provided by Oakland Central and AMP Oakland, will entertain from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  

Recommit to spending your dollars locally to support Oakland’s economic and our beloved small businesses. Check out the directories at for insight on local retailers and restaurants.   

Oaklanders can reconnect and rediscover Oaklandthrough community events happening this week. Sip spirits during Oakland Cocktail Week or celebrate the arts during KONO’s First Friday. Check out downtown’s newest event series Pablo’s Alley in Frank H. Ogawa Plaza with Thursday’s Happy Hour Market and chill at the Black Cultural Zone’s Fo’Show Fridays at Liberation Park.  

WHAT:      Oakland’s 170th Birthday 

WHERE:  City Hall Amphitheater, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza  

WHEN:    Wednesday, May 4, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  

WHO:      Corrina Gould, Director, Sogorea Te’ Land Trust  

Mayor Libby Schaaf 

City Administrator Ed Reiskin  

Cultural Strategist Kev Choice 

Based on a press release from the City of Oakland.


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