Friday Nights @ OMCA

Friday, November 3, 2017, 5–9 pm
Friday, November 3, 2017 - 5:00pm

Tonight's live band and dance performance have been cancelled due to weather conditions. Not to fear! We've got you covered with an extended DJ set from DJ Chung from Sweater Funk, all our galleries open until 9 pm, plus outdoor heaters by the Koi Pond to keep you dry while you cozy up and boogie down. Please note that the OMCA Garden will be closed tonight. 

It’s the kick off to our Winter Season of Friday Nights @ OMCA, one of Oakland's favorite things to do and the only after-hours museum night paired with Off the Grid food trucks, bringing you the best of local cuisine along with music, dance, and the whole Museum open late. Enjoy half-price admission, hands-on activities for kids, and a lineup of live music and dance from local performers that changes weekly. Bring friends and family for a taste of local music, food, and culture at the Oakland Museum of California every Friday Night! Tonight, don't miss the 4th Annual Indian Market at OMCA from 3–9 pm. 

What can I do at Friday Nights @ OMCA tonight?

Late Night Gallery Hours
Music, Dance, and Performance
Family Activities
Local Food and Drink
Shop Bay Area Artists

Late Night Gallery Hours

5–9 pm: Galleries Open Late (Winter Season Hours Begin)
Admission is half-off for adults with an additional $4 charge for special exhibitions. Ages 18 and under are always free on Friday Nights @ OMCA. 

What's on view? 
Nature’s Gift: Humans, Friends & the Unknown on Level 2.
Question Bridge: Black Males on Level 3.
Metamorphosis & Migration: Days of the Dead on Level 3. 
Gallery of California Natural Sciences on Level 1. 
Gallery of California History on Level 2.
Gallery of California Art on Level 3. 

7:30–7:45 pm: Snack-Sized Docent Tour
Visit Ticketing Desk on Level 2 to discover meeting location
A fifteen-minute mini-tour led by a talented OMCA Docent with a surprise theme each time. Included with Museum admission. 


Music, Dance, and Performances

5–9 pmResident DJ
Koi Pond (Level 1)
Bay Area's own DJ Chungtech of Sweater Funk spinning funk hits.  

CANCELLED Performance
10th Street Amphitheater
Oakland School for the Arts Select Ensemble vocal showcase.  

CANCELLED Dance Instruction
10th Street Amphiteater
Soul line and deep house two-step dance showcase with Rashad Pridgen.

CANCELLED Music — Elephantine 
10th Street Amphitheater
Based out of Oakland, Elephantine is a six-piece Afro-eclectic combo that fuses soul, house, and hip-hop with electronic sensibilities. Featuring singers, dancers, and instrumentalists, the band boasts a huge, stomping sound.


Family Activities

5–8 pm: Family-Friendly Drop-In Activity
California Room
Create your own balloon art inspired by special exhibition Nature’s Gift: Humans, Friends & the Unknown


Local Food and Drink

5–9 pm: Off the Grid Food Trucks
10th Street
Enjoy a rotating lineup of local gourmet food trucks from Off the Grid. 
Check out the weekly list

5–9 pm: Cash Bar and Lounge inside Nature’s Gift
Great Hall, Level 2
A new way to do Friday Nights @ OMCA! Enjoy libations in the comfy lounge area inside the immersive exhibition Nature’s Gift: Humans, Friends & the Unknown. Access included with special exhibition admission.

5–9 pm: Blue Oak Beer Garden
Blue Oak Beer Garden (near Koi Pond)
Enjoy beer and wine specials from local makers.

Kick back and relax with seating available on 10th Street (no alcoholic beverages allowed), the 10th Street Amphitheater, Oak Street Plaza, or the café patio. To protect the Museum collections, food and drink are not allowed inside the galleries unless otherwise designated.

Save your spot!
Reserve a picnic table for your group during Friday Nights @ OMCA or book a Friday Night lounge through Event Services.


Shop Bay Area Artists and More

3–9 pm: Indian Market at OMCA
In celebration of Native American Heritage Month—and just in time for the holidays—shop the annual Indian Market at OMCA featuring jewelry, baskets, prints, and other modern interpretations of Indian artistry.
Learn more

5–9 pm: Pop-Up Store inside Nature’s Gift
Great Hall, Level 2
Enhance your in-gallery experience with exhibition-themed gifts, games, and light-up swag. Access included with special exhibition admission.  

5–9 pm: Marketplace @ OMCA
Redwood Burl Area
Explore our weekly rotating market of local Bay Area artists, jewelers, and craftspeople. 

5–9 pmOMCA Store
Level 2
Discover great California-themed gifts by local artisans, our broad book selection, find exhibition-themed favorites, and more. 




OMCA is located one block from the Lake Merritt BART Station. Event parking is available at the Museum for a $7 flat fee after 5 pm. Museum garage closes at 10:30 pm.

Ticketing Desk: Level 2
Oak Street Plaza: Level 3
10th Street Amphitheater: Level 1 on 10th Street at Fallon
Blue Oak beer garden: Level 1 by the Koi Pond
California Room: Level 1
Redwood Burl Area: Level 1
OMCA Gardens: Level 1 lawn, and outdoor terraces on 2 and 3.

Need help? Stop by the Ticketing Desk on the Level 2.

Presented in partnership with Off the Grid: Lake Merritt @ OMCA. Friday Nights @ OMCA is made possible in part by generous support from Bank of America, the Oakland Museum Women’s Board, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Koret Foundation. 

Off the Grid   Bank of America         




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Oakland, CA 95607