The festival that launched downtown Oakland's transformation as the Bay Area's hottest dining and arts scene, Art & Soul Oakland will sizzle this year with two art- and music-packed days featuring live jazz, rock, gospel, E.D.M., punk, honky-tonk, metal, world, Latin, folk, R&B, and blues music performed by national recording artists and top local talent.

This year's event also features late-night hours on Saturday; epic scales of art installations, film projections, and light-based art from local artists including de Young Museum artist fellows and artist-in-residence alumni, American Steel, and others; hundreds of artisan booths; gourmet global cuisine and mobile food trucks; and for kids, carnival rides, music, art activities and costumed characters.

Easy to get to and fun for all, the 12th annual Art & Soul Oakland offers direct access via public transit in addition to free parking for cars and bikes.

New expanded hours for 2012!
Saturday, August 4: 2pm to Midnight
Sunday, August 5: Noon to 6pm
Entrance gates close 1/2 hour before close of festival

Same great value! Ticket prices will be:
Advance online: $10 adults; $5 seniors (65 and older) & youth (13-17)
At the Gate: $15 adults; $8 seniors & youth
Children 12 & under enjoy free admission

To learn more about this year's exciting musical lineup, please visit the lineup page.





It's been a while hasn't it?  I hope you're fully recovered from the 2012 event and I know many of you are gearing up to run one of the several other races throughout the Bay Area this summer and fall.  I will be at many of them promoting the 2013 Oakland Running Festival set for March 24, 2013.  We look forward to hosting you as we enter year 4 of our event that showcases the very best of Oakland.  

Registration for the 2013 event opens July 27 at noon in conjunction with the San Francisco Marathon Expo. Stop by our booth and save up to 40% off next year's registration plus get a shirt from the 2011 or 2012 event (quantities and sizes are limited).  

With the opening of registration we wanted to make you aware of some items.  

  • Prices are the same as they were last year. We know there are many choices out there and we want to make it affordable for you to participate in our event. Our only single person event in triple digits is the marathon and that's if you wait until November to register.
  • We have switched registration companies so don't be alarmed when you click on the link and it does not look familiar  We hope this change will better serve you and should make it easier to handle the relay registrations.
  • Many of our female runners asked to have the option of picking a men's shirt because they like the cut better, this year that option will be available.
  • If you are part of a running club (LMJS, WOW, PacWest, etc.) please check the appropriate box on the registration screen so you can be included in our Running Club Challenge for 2013.
  • The course will essentially stay the same as last year. We are working with the city to make the run around Lake Merritt a little less crowded.  

In case you want to relive the great time you had in 2012, be sure to check out this highlight video.

As always, follow us on Facebook and Twitter, as we will be doing some giveaways soon to mark the opening of registration.  

To those running this weekend - Good Luck.  

Gene Brtalik

Oakland Race Director


oakland_raiders_3885As they have done the first two years, the Oakland Raiders will once again honor those who ran any of the races at the 2012 Oakland Running Festival by having them on the field for pregame ceremonies.  It's a great experience for everyone, even if you don't root for the Raiders. The Silver and Black have gone 2-0 with us in attendance and look to make it three straight when they take on the Cleveland Browns on Dec. 2.  

To be on the field you need to buy tickets here (password is RAIDERSRUN). Ticket buyers will have the option to purchase lower level seats at $76/each or upper seats at $26/each.  Both are $10 off of the single game ticket price.  In addition, ticket buyers will be able to print their tickets at home through this link.  

Season ticket holders that want to appear on the field just need to e-mail me so I have them on my list. 



community-managementIn the first three years of the event, the Oakland Running Festival generated nearly $750,000 for local charities. A few of these charities-- Team in Training, Calico, Ella Baker Center and Running for a Better Oakland -- were featured in our newsletters and website, and even on some of the local media outlets. 

 If you want to get your charity involved for 2013, send an email to and we will send you information on how to get discounted entries and other amenities to assist you in raising significant funds for your cause.