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Private and Public Events, Festivals, Live Podcasts, Meetings & Parties

Roman Mars and Hillary Frank. Photo Credit: the Longest Shortest Time

Awaken Cafe has over five years experience hosting private & pubic events, live podcasts, meetings, talks and parties for individuals, organizations and event producers. Located at the center of the new Downtown Oakland and less than a block away from the Downtown Oakland BART stop, Awaken Cafe is a great location for your next event.

Awaken Cafe has hosted live events with Van Jones; Impact Hub Oakland; Mosaic; Oakland Symphony; USF; Square CEO Jack Dorsey; Netfix; Snap Judgment with host Glynn Washington; KALW; Ars Technica; The Longest Shortest Time with Hillary Frank and 99% Invisibile’s Roman Mars; Love and Radio with Nic van der Kolk; the Oakland Poetry Slam; the Beast Crawl; Bawdy Storytelling; Story Showdown; Ivy Hill Entertainment; SF Offside Festial; Mayhem Music Festival; wedding receptions; birthday parties; holiday parties; and 100s of live music performances.

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 Services Available

  • Ellevated Stage
  • PA System with Digital Mixer, Stage Monitors, Microphones & Stands
  • Experienced Sound Engineer and Technicians
  • Digital Audio Recordings
  • Booking Bands of All Generes and/or DJs
  • Booking Videographer and/or Photographer
  • Digital HD Projector and 100” Screen
  • Stage Lighting
  • Seated Theater Style (80-100 People), Tables & Chairs (60), Mix (80) or Standing Room (100+)
  • Priavcy Curtains on all Windows
  • Advanced and On-Site Ticketing
  • Guest List Management 
  • Door/Ticketing Attendants
  • Booking Professional Security Staff
  • Bar and Food Staff
  • Local Craft Beer & Wine Bar: Hosted, Cash, Drink Tickets or Mix
  • Catered Food: Focaccia Pizza, Sandwich Trays, Family Style Salads, Hummus & Pickles, Pastries & Bagels and more