Oakland’s most meow-riffic event of the year returns on Saturday: OakCatVidFest. The all-day affair is both a film festival – of cat videos – and an opportunity to adopt a new furry friend.
More than 6,000 people are expected to descend on on West Grand Avenue between Telegraph and Broadway to shop for artisanal cat-themed goods, dance to cat-themed music, make cat-themed crafts and spy on celebrity cats.
From 3 to 7 p.m., more than a dozen local animal shelters will be present with kittens to foster or adopt. And once the sun sets, festivalgoers are welcome to sit in the middle of the street and watch a curated collection of Internet cat videos, projected onto a 100-inch urban screen. Laugh at Grumpy Cat or contemplate life with Henri, Le Chat Noir.
Activities wind down at 10 p.m. Entry to the festival costs $10 and benefits the East Bay SPCA. Cats are allowed if they’re on a leash or in a carrier, but dogs must stay home. For more information, visit www.oaklandcatvidfest.com
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