Event

Friday Nights @ OMCA Block Party

Friday, May 18, 2018, 5–10 pm
Friday, May 18, 2018 - 5:00pm

Please note that the Gardens will be closed due to a private event and there is no Gold Panning on Friday, May 18.

The Summer Season of Friday Nights @ OMCA means the gardens are open for picnics, live music outside is back, gallery hours are open until 10 pm, and the Off the Grid food truck market expands onto Oak Street. Come celebrate the summer with our Friday Nights @ OMCA Block Party, taking place every first and third Fridays of the month now through July and on August 10. Get down to new themes each month featuring performances and activities in celebration of our special exhibition RESPECT: Hip-Hop Style & Wisdom, on view through August 12. Tonight's theme is "The Bay is International." 

Late Night Gallery Hours
Music, Dance, and Performance
Family Activities
Local Food and Drink
Shop the OMCA Store
Directions

Late Night Gallery Hours

5–10 pm: Galleries Open Late

What's on view?
J.B. Blunk: Nature, Art & Everyday Life on Level 3.
RESPECT: Hip-Hop Style & Wisdom on Level 2.  
Take Root: Oakland Grows Food on Level 1.
Gallery of California Natural Sciences on Level 1. 
Gallery of California History on Level 2.
Gallery of California Art on Level 3. 

 

Music, Dance, and Performances

5–6:30 pm: Resident DJ
10th Street Amphitheater
DJ Leydis playing Hip-Hip and Universal music. 

6–8 pm: Music
Oak Street Plaza
Live beat-making and MCs with Lo-Fiction.

6:30–8 pm: Hip-Hop Trivia
Great Hall, Level 2
Think you know Hip-Hop? Test and expand your knowledge of the culture every third Friday in the Hip-Hop Dojo inside RESPECT: Hip-Hop Style & Wisdom during Friday Nights @ OMCA. Included with special exhibition Museum admission. 

6–8 pm: Plug ‘n’ Play 
Great Hall, Level 2
Every Friday during Friday Nights @ OMCA, a rotating list of guest DJs take over the Hip-Hop Dojo inside RESPECT: Hip-Hop Style & Wisdom to demonstrate live sets. Included with special exhibition Museum admission. 

6:30–7 pm: Dance Instruction
10th Street Amphitheater
Crowd participation workshop and demonstration of Hip-Hop freestyle, Breaking, Popping, and Strutting cypher with Knuckle Neck Tribe, with special guests Skitz-O-Flex

7–7:45 pm: Music
10th Street Amphitheater
SETI X

8–9 pm: Music 
10th Street Amphitheater
Live Hip-Hop/dancehall/Reggaeton with Los Rakas.

 

Family Activities

5–9 pm: Dominoes Tables
10th Street
Join open community games or learn how to play dominoes hosted by the Global Domino Program

5–8 pm: Family-Friendly Drop-In Activity
California Room
Join a free chess workshop with Adisa Banjoko, Founder of Hip-Hop Chess Federation.   

No Gold Panning available on Friday, May 18. OMCA Gardens are closed due to a private event.

 

Local Food and Drink

5–10 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

5–9:30 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, and the OMCA Gardens. To protect the Museum collections, food and drink are not allowed inside the galleries unless otherwise designated. 

Save your spot!
Picnic table reservations in the Gardens are not available for this date; tables by Koi Pond are available. 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

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

5–9:45 pmOMCA Store
Level 2
Discover great California-themed gifts by local artisans, our broad book selection, find exhibition-themed favorites, and more. 

 


 

Directions

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 11 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: CLOSED on Friday, May 18.

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 the Koret Foundation, Bank of America, the Oakland Museum Women’s Board, and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.