BAMBDFEST  is a multi-day festival in celebration of the Black Arts Movement Business District and Black arts, culture, and economics in Oakland, CA. The month-long festival in was established in February 2019, produced by the Lower Bottom Playaz, Inc. in collaboration with BAMBD, CDC, and funded by a Creative California Communities grant from the California Arts Council and is under the artistic direction of Dr. Ayodele Nzinga.

The Festival will consist of public performances by theater artists, musicians, dancers, comics, poets, youth groups and town legends.  It will feature an eclectic mix of free and paid arts events, gallery installations, vendors, arts & crafts, public symposiums, and more that showcase the best of Oakland’s vibrant artistry. The festival will engage Oakland artists, arts venues, businesses, and the public in a massive celebration of Oakland, and the history and importance of the rich contributions of The Black Arts Movement to the State of California and the world beyond.


BAMBDFEST 2020 in response to the COVID pandemic is pivoting to online platforms.

We are committed to supporting artists, direct service providers, small businesses, our community members through the powerful medium of art and cultural production. We are committed to economic development and dedicated to offering opportunities to artisans, craftspeople, content creators, community-based organizations, community organizers and entrepreneurs to celebrate and participate in Oakland’s only officially declared arts district in the most ambitious cultural event of the year.

Get Involved!

Interested in sponsoring BAMDFEST events or participating as an artists, vendor, or a supported please visit our website and use the contact us form.