Location: Lowell Park 1098 12th St. Oakland, CA 94607
Hours: 11 - 6p.m. Saturday in August
Description: The Umoja Festival is an African festival at the end of the summer that is a unique gem of a festival and a good day. The Umoja Festival has a little bit of something for everyone in the family. There is an all day soccer tournament including a kids game that is going on all day. A few aisles of unique craft vendors selling their various items. You can find handmade jewelry, hats, sunglasses, clothes, purses, art pieces, etc. Lots of food booths to choose from mainly selling various African cuisine. Best of all there is pretty much an all day concert going on, so the stage is always lit with great acts. The festival takes place at a park so there is plenty of room to stretch out and bring blankets to lay on the grass. There is a decent sized kids structure area where all the kids eventually congregate together and play freely with each other- which is so sweet to see. The festival has really good vibes and is a nice day in the park for the whole family.
Highlights: All day music, makes the day at the park fun.
Tips: It's good to get there early, as it is fun to stay for a long portion of the day. There's plenty of street parking. Just remember to bring cash for the vendors, most take cards but some don't.