Oakland’s Art and Soul Festival is the best street festival I know, embracing visitors with the small town warmth of a country fair and a sense of the town’s great spirit. It’s a nice reminder of why we love this sometimes troubled city. Expect lots of food trucks and booths, and the chance not only to look at art, but to make it yourself. There’s some great music as well, including Oakland R&B singer Goapele, Panamanian hip-hop duo Los Rakas, and the John Brothers Piano Company. And it’s cheap — 12 bucks for adults, just seven for seniors, and free for kids under 12. Art and Soul in Oakland runs Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 19 and 20, in downtown Oakland; details here.

The Art, Soul and Spirit of Oakland 16 August,2017Cy Musiker

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Cy Musiker

Cy Musiker co-hosts The Do List and covers the arts for KQED News and The California Report. ┬áHe loves live performance, especially great theater, jazz, roots music, anything by Mahler. Cy has an MJ from UC Berkeley’s School of Journalism, and got his BA from Hampshire College. His work has been recognized by the Society for Professional Journalists with their Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service in Journalism. When he can, Cy likes to swim in Tomales Bay, run with his dog in the East Bay Hills, and hike the Sierra.

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