Poet, Writer, Educator

Beast Crawl 

Literary Festival



BEAST CRAWL is Uptown Oakland’s free annual literary festival, featuring more than 200 poets, writers and performance artists in a single night, spread out over three hours and 40 local galleries, bars, restaurants, cafés, and storefronts, including Telegraph Beer Garden, Awaken Café, Farley’s East, Era Art Bar, Youth Radio, Spice Monkey, Starline Social Club, Feelmore Adult Gallery, Pro Arts Gallery, Layover, E.M. Wolfman Books, Legionnaire, and many more. 

Beast Crawl 2017 will happen on Saturday, September 2, (Labor Day Weekend) in Uptown Oakland. 


Each leg of The Beast lasts one hour, and offers a dozen different readings to chose from. There's a half hour break between literary legs for socializing and relocating to a new venue before the next reading begins. We recommend choosing one reading per leg. You can even plan your route in advance. 

Crawl maps, curators, readers, and venues are all searchable on our website: beastcrawl.weebly.com

Printed crawl maps will be available on the day of the festival at all the Leg 1 events, and at the Beast Crawl Information Table in front of The Legionnaire Saloon.

Everyone is invited to the Leg 4 After Parties (marked with stars on the crawl map) starting at 9pm at The Legionnaire Saloon (drinks, dancing, 21+) and Telegraph Beer Garden (food, drinks, all ages).

Every city should have its own unique literary identity, and Beast Crawl is the beating literary heart of Oakland. 

Beast Crawl Literary Festival
Saturday, September 2, 2017
5pm - 9pm readings
9:30pm - 2am afterparty
Uptown Oakland


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Learn more about Beast Crawl on our website!