If you think all the First Fridays action happens in Uptown, you’ve been missing out. About two years ago, organizers at Jack London Square started Jack’s Night Market — an outdoor, summertime bazaar — to bring the First Fridays festivities to the waterfront. The last Jack’s Night Market of the year is happening this Friday, so if you haven’t been yet, this is your chance. The festival usually draws a crowd of about four thousand to Jack London Square (Webster and Water Sts., Oakland), where attendees can watch street performers, check out the mobile pinball machine gallery, shop for arts and crafts, and eat food from Antonik’s BBQ, Ñora Spanish Catering, The Melt, and Peter’s Kettle Corn. This week’s bazaar will also feature a fortune-teller, a medicine man, gypsies, hula hoopers, and a piano bar performer.
Jack of All Trades fills Jack London Square with a curated mix of local makers, indie designers, antiquers, collectors, artists, start-ups and more brought together by the Treasure Island Flea. There will be live music and several free DIY workshops for all ages.
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