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

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

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

On June 5th 2013, Square hosted Let's Talk Oakland at Awaken Cafe. The pane, moderated by Jack Dorsey, featured four local business leaders who shared their experiences running businesses in Downtown Oakland.


Awaken Cafe has over seven years of experience hosting private & public 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 Festival; Mayhem Music Festival; wedding receptions; birthday parties; holiday parties; and 100s of live music performances.

Services Available

  • Elevated 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