Oakland music, art, and dance. Free for all ages. Founded in 2014.

Two stages with live music, dance performances, food trucks, art, and indie vendors, a beer garden and more. Festival map.

Location: Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center & Lake Merritt Blvd Amphitheater

Gilgamachine performing in 2015

 The Eastlake Music Festival manifesto

"If music is dead... we have killed it. It is up to us to rebuild it. Not Spotify. Not Clear Channel. Not anyone else, but us. Let's reframe performance, space, value and control of our cultural diet.

Evermore so, the arts are facing severe defunding across large institutions, devaluation through condensed mp3's online, and gutting of public funding for classroom art programs. Increasingly, fewer and fewer children, particularly in Oakland, get a chance to feel the dynamic rush, energy and magnetic appeal of a live instrument, band or vocalist beyond the four corners of their computer or smartphone screen. 

At our core, we believe live music and performance arts shouldn't be a luxury for the few, rather accessible to everyone. In order to achieve this mission, we hold this nonprofit live music and performance art project annually with a crowd-funding campaign on Kickstarter. After all, this is a festival for the people, by the people!"

May 27, 2017 Line up

  • Le Vice
  • Picture Atlantic
  • Funkanauts
  • Afrofunk Experience
  • Dance-A-Vision
  • TURFInc
  • LEX
  • Sister Iminah
  • Inter-Tribal Friendship House Drummers


The Eastlake Music Festival was the recipient of the East Bay Express Best New Cultural Event Readers' Poll Award in 2014.

Media, links and social media

Oakland Local's Review entitled "Eastlake Music Festival's Deeper Meaning"