Hiero Day, Roots Pride Night and Oakland Pride


The biggest events to kick off the month of September are undoubtedly the in-person return of Pride of Oakland and the large-scale return of Yesterday day. Many more Pride and music-related events are on the horizon this year, and we look forward to highlighting them as part of this roundup.

The National Weather Service released a “excessive heat standby” alert from September 3 to 5. If you plan to be outdoors, remember to stay hydrated and apply sunscreen. Also keep an eye out for members of our community who are most vulnerable to a heat wave, such as seniors and people with underlying health conditions.

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4th Annual Oakland Trans Walk

Four years ago, Socorro “Cori” Moreland launched the Oakland Trans Walk, which takes place the first weekend in September and coincides with the start of Oakland Pride. Moreland is also the founder of Brotherhood510, an organization that provides access to resources for trans-male people of color. This week, the trans community and its allies will gather at Frank Ogawa Plaza for a march down Broadway to bring visibility to the community and speak out against violence against trans people. The walk will end with a resource fair at the Oakland LGBT Youth Center inside Oak (1721 Broadway.) Saturday, September 3, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza.

Oakland Roots Pride Party

A Roots fan holds a handmade sign reading ‘Oakland Roots’ in the crowd. Credit: Amir Aziz

This weekend, the Oakland Roots will also celebrate the start of Oakland Pride with a series of pregame and halftime festivities. The football club joins the Oakland LGBTQ Center for a “Roots March to the Match” walk around the lake to raise awareness of the centre. Once at the stadium, there will be a drag queen show led by Casie Brown with members of Imperial FC Latinx, an LGBTQ inclusive football club. The festivities continue at halftime with a quiz session hosted by Oakland jeopardy champion Amy Schneider. The Roots have just three regular season home games left.

Saturday, Sept. 3, 4:30 p.m. (March), 7:30 p.m. (match), $20-$35Laney College Stadium, 900 Fallon Street

The City is Mine – tech and basketball camp

The Tech Girls basketball team poses with their CIF State Championship trophy on March 11. Front row, left to right, Marina Tanaka-Wong, Jala Williams, Nia Hunter, Erin Sellers, Marisela Somvichian, Jada Williams, Coach Elisha Davis in gray on Jada Williams side. Second row left to right, Coach Ceonte House, Head Coach Leroy Hurt, Taliyah Logwood, Marticia Pollard, Jordan Taylor, Sophia Askew-Goncalves, Joslin Schreiber, Julia Basch, AD Alexis Gray-Lawson. Credit: Courtesy of the California Interscholastic Federation

Oakland is known for being a place that breeds elite athletes, including professional basketball players like Bill Russell, Damian Lillard, and Brian Shaw. To continue the legacy of outstanding basketball players, Alexis Gray-Lawson, the athletic department head at Oakland Tech High School, which has produced two consecutive women’s basketball state championships, is organization of a technology and basketball camp for middle and high school students. Gray-Lawson is no stranger to state championships. As a player, she led Oakland Tech to repeat state titles in 2004 and 2005. The free one-day camp is an opportunity for budding athletes to show off their basketball skills while learning about the technology careers.

Saturday, September 3, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., free, Willie Keyes Recreation Center, 3131 Center St.

Hiero Day weekend lineup

Lawn dancers perform in Frank Ogawa Square on Hiero Day, September 6, 2021. Credit: Eric Arnold

This year, Bay Area music festivals are returning in person without the COVID restrictions that previously limited capacity and forced many events to cancel, scale down or change locations. Yesterday day, which started in 2011, returns to its Jack London location for a day to celebrate the hip-hop music that makes Oakland unique and paves the way for emerging artists to perform and spread their music. to the greatest number. Besides the main event on September 5 (be sure to check out our guide to this year’s festival), Labor Day weekend is packed with other events. There is the Hiero Comedy Circle to Oakland Athletic Club September 4. the 45 summer sessions also on 4 to 7th Westand much more.

From Saturday September 3 to Monday September 5, ticket prices vary by event.

Pride of Oakland

Attendees at Pride 2016. Credit: Courtesy of Pride of Oakland

After two years of virtual celebrations, Pride of Oakland makes its triumphant return in person this weekend downtown. Although the full lineup has yet to be released, the festivities will kick off with the annual parade, which begins at 14th Street and Broadway and ends at the main festival entrance on 20th Street.

Sunday, September 4, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., free – $10, 14th Street and Broadway.


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