Downtown streets to close during Art & Soul festival
on August 16, 2011
This weekend, the city will host its 11th annual all-weekend Art & Soul festival, featuring Five for Fighting, Tower of Power, Goapele, Mingus Amungus, and the Kev Choice Ensemble, among other performers, as well as a Gospel Showcase on Saturday and a Dance Stage on Sunday.
The event will occupy ten downtown blocks surrounding Frank Ogawa Plaza from noon to 6 pm both days, and historically has brought in 250,000 visitors, so the city has issued a bulletin announcing road closures and parking information, while urging people to travel to festival by BART if possible.
Road closures will begin at 10 pm on Friday, August 19, for the following blocks:
• 14th Street between Broadway and Martin Luther King Jr. Way
• 12th Street between Broadway and Jefferson Street
• Clay Street between 11th and 16th Streets
• Jefferson Street from 11th to 15th Streets
This one-block section of road will be closed beginning at 9 am, Thursday, August 18:
• Clay Street from 11th to 12th Streets
All roads will re-open on the morning of Monday, August 22.
The city is encouraging festival attendees to arrive via the 12th Street/City Center BART station, and to check with AC Transit about any downtown bus lines that may be re-routed because of the street closures.
The City Center West parking garage at 12th Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way will be open for auto parking throughout the festival.
More information about tickets, festival attractions and the line-up of performers can be found at ArtandSoulOakland.com.
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