Friday, October 9 • Sunday, October 11

Life is Living is an eco-equity, interdisciplinary festival that centers historically underserved neighborhoods and communities with programming in public spaces that have been otherwise neglected. For the last 13 years, the Life is Living Festival has taken place at Little Bobby Hutton Park in West Oakland but due to the impacts of COVID and wildfires we must host the festival virtually this year.

Our cohort consists of 100+ artists and organizations who power the festival as an intergenerational kaleidoscope of Oakland life. We’ve been Keeping Oakland, Oakland Since 08, holding sacred space in the vein of resistance, art, love, honoring Black and Brown Lives, and being a catalyst for larger discussions around environmental racism, social ecology and social responsibility. Life is Living will remain the beloved event you know and love so RSVP to get full access to all of your favorite zones and activations.


Virtual Vendor Marketplace

Curated by BAOBOB

The 2020 Life is Living Festival is now accepting applications for the virtual marketplace. We are so excited to come back with our curated Black business marketplace in the name of life, living, and community health now more than ever during fire season and the global pandemic. Applications close on Friday, October 2nd

Cal Shakes Theater Stage

Submit by Saturday, October 26th

We are accepting video submissions ranging from 5-15 minutes from artists rooted in the Bay Area. Selected pieces will be presented as part of our virtual Theater Stage on Saturday, October 11th, 4-5:30pm. We can offer a $300 stipend per selected video.


Fourth Mondays | September 28th • 6pm PST

Join Gold Beams, Oakhella, and Life is Living for a special kick-off event in celebration of the debut of Fourth Mondays presented by Gold Beams. Fourth Mondays is a performance and storytelling series that highlights black musicians. Similarly to Tiny Desk, Fourth Mondays creates an intimate space for deep connections to an artist, their process, their emotions, and their work. This month’s featured artist is AroMa, a Black nonbinary multidisciplinary artist based in Oakland, California.