OAKLAND -- Next month's First Friday festival will end earlier and involve fewer street closures, Oakland officials announced Monday after meeting with event organizers and local businesses.
Changes to the monthly festival in Oakland's Uptown District had been expected after this month's festival was marred by a gunbattle that killed 18-year-old Oakland student Kiante Campbell and wounded three others.
The city is still working with stakeholders on the exact end time and list of street closures for next month's event, which is envisioned as a tribute to victims of violence in the city, according Sean Maher, spokesman for Mayor Jean Quan.
Permanent changes to the event, including limiting public alcohol consumption and providing activities for local teens, are still being discussed, Maher wrote.
The festival has grown dramatically over the past several years with city support, morphing from an art gallery crawl to a street fair that draws more than 10,000 people the Oakland's burgeoning arts and entertainment district downtown.