Labor Day Weekend in the Bay Area – Events

San Francisco Skyline from Berkeley Hills, Oakland Bay Bridge and San Francisco Bay

If you’re going to be in the Bay Area and looking for something to do with your extended Labor Day weekend, check out some of these events that may be of interest. A lot of people my age don’t know where to look or go so I decided to put together some events that have been lingering in my inbox. I’m no entertainment concierge but I do know where to find some fun. Who knows, you may even catch me at a few of these events 🙂

P.S. If you know of any social events catered to young professionals and/or art, culture, and music friendly, let us know in the comment box!

Dancing Under the Stars: Free Dance Class & Party
Date: Friday, August 30, 2013
Time: 8:30 pm
Location: Jack London Square, Oakland Ca.
Free! For more info click here
Doin’ it at The Phoenix Hotel
Date: Sunday, September 1, 2013
Time: Noon – 7 pm
No cover, to RSVP click here
DopeOnly Presents: Cool Water (Day Party)
Date: Sunday, September 1, 2013
Time: 3-8 pm
Location: The Rock Steady, Oakland, Ca.
For more info & to RSVP click here
Open Canvas at the Independent: Hosted Bar
Date: Sunday, September 1, 2013
Time: 9pm -12 am
Live Painting, Music, Warhol to Jay-Z Inspired.
Free! To RSVP click here
Oakland’s 3rd Annual Pan African Family Reunion 
Date: Monday, September 2, 2013
Time: 10 am – 10 pm
Location: Mosswood Park, Oakland, Ca.
Friend and Family event, live art for the youth, Music, Food, Games, Dance, and More!
For more info please visit the Facebook page here
Hiero Day: Free Hip Hop Music Festival
Date: Monday, September 2, 2013
Time: 11 am – 6 pm
Location: Linden Street Brewery, Oakland. CA
Live Peformances, Food Vendors, and more
Free! To RSVP click here
Monday Soul Featuring Adrian Marcel
Date: Monday, September 2, 2013
Time: 9 pm
Location: The New Parish, Oakland
$15 for tickets online here

Monday Soul at The New Parish

Mondays are now the hottest days of the week thanks to The New Parish in downtown Oakland. Every Monday The New Parish teams up with a group of local up and coming artists to put on a weekly event entitled “Monday Soul”. Soul is the perfect way to describe this event as artists with great talents grace the stage and the crowds brings confidence and a good time to the Bay Area.
Monday Soul was originally located at Air Lounge and was moved to the New Parish this summer by JE Media Company founded by Jackson Elis (better known as M. JE), Jareem, and DJ DSharp. These young gentlemen collaborated together to build a platform for aspiring bay area artists specializing in Hip Hop and R&B to showcase their talent in front of a respectable crowd every monday from 10 pm-1:30 am. Artists like J. Myers, Samm, Erk Tha Jerk, and the R.O.D project are amongst the many that share a relationship with the hosts to perform each Monday.
I was immediately drawn in by the New Parish’s lightly dimmed red lights and the diverse and expressive crowd that came out on a MONDAY to share their love of music, to enjoy a signature cocktail and comfortable conversation with their peers. I couldn’t picture a better place for such a soulful meanng. The house DJ (DJ DSharp) kept us vibin’ and head rockin’ to the sounds of James Brown, Common, Drake, and even Slum Village. The guest artist of the evening was the gorgeous recording artist Deja Bryson, Bay area’s own, that graced the stage with backup singers and dancers performing her hit single “I’m Power”. Making sure that she interacted with the crowd, Deja brought audiences to the stage and sang current Bay Area Anthems to keep us interested throughout the night.
Monday Soul is not just another party, what’s interesting about this production is that they value entrepreneurial endeavors as well as community efforts. In retro respect to making sure this event is worth your while, The New Parish provides memberships for $15 to have free entry, discounts, and updates on all events. Monday Soul has also partnered with Oakland Tennis and Macy Gray’s media group “Fusicology”. So ladies and gents, there is no reason why you should be sitting at home watching re-runs on a Monday night when you can enjoy an evening with the up and coming, best looking, well oriented, and influential people at the forefront of today’s Bay Area music.

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