Oakley is going all out for an upcoming event that features a fashion show, family fun, live music and more! Keep reading for all the details!
If you haven’t made a trip to Oakley lately, then you’ll be in for the quite the surprise. The neighborhood not only invested in physical and aesthetic improvements to the square, but it’s also making investments to bring the community together through the Oakley Community Council, a nonprofit entity that was created to preserve and improve Oakley for residents, businesses, and community organization.
“Our goal is to bring people to Oakley to showcase all of the great things this community has to offer,” says Oakley After Hours Executive Director Allison Schroeder. “We want Oakley to be the first place you think of when you’re planning your weekend.”
On those weekends when you decide to head to Oakley, Oakley After Hours is there to help you find a great place to relax and share a Madtree beer with your friends and neighbors.
Oakley After Hours is a family-friendly community event that takes place on the second Friday of each month from April through September. You can find these events on the Geier Esplanade, a.k.a. Oakley Square, from 6-10 p.m. The events feature live music, entertainment, games, and treats for the whole family.
“The beauty of this area is that it’s a great place for young professionals and families, and this event has been created with everyone in mind,” adds Schroeder.
Established by the Oakley Community Council, Oakley After Hours is run by sponsors, volunteers, and members of the Council who spend hours planning to make sure that each event is better than the last. This year, Schroeder says, the Oakley After Hours two Rock STar level sponsors include Oakley Station and the longtime sponsor Oakley Pub & Grill. “Oakley Station and the Oakley Pub & Grill have gone above and beyond to make sure that Oakley After Hours puts on a first-class event every time,” she says.
At Oakley After Hours events, you can often find sponsors, such as The Oakley Pub & Grill, serving as instrumental factors in keeping the event going time and time again. “The Oakley Pub & Grill has helped us bring in some of the great live music acts that Oakley After Hours attendees can enjoy for free!” says Schroeder. “Many of our other sponsors are also on-site at the event handing out treats and hosting games (think cotton candy, coffee, popcorn, giant Jenga and more!).”
Many business on Oakley Square also stay open for extended hours during Oakley After Hours events to give attendees a chance to shop, enjoy activities, and get special deals.
Through Oakley After Hours, Schroeder says that the team behind it all wants to “help everyone share in the great feeling of community that makes Oakley a great place to live, work, and play.”
“Additionally, we (the Oakley Community Council and the Oakley After Hours event itself) exist to support our local businesses, so we hope that people leave feeling inspired to learn more about Oakley and interested in becoming more involved in the local business community and our sponsors.”
The last Oakley After Hours event of the year will be held September 9. It will feature a fashion theme, including a fashion show with local boutiques. “The Oakley Community Council puts on other events throughout the year, such as the Oakley Fancy Flea and the New Year’s Eve party on Oakley Square,” says Schroeder. More information on other events offered in Oakley can be found at oakleynow.com.