Event

Friday Nights @ OMCA: Gallery of California Natural Sciences Reopening

Friday, May 31, 2013, 5–midnight!
Friday, May 31, 2013 - 5:00pm

Take a walk on the wild side at OMCA’s reopening of the Gallery of California Natural Sciences, during Friday Nights @ OMCA! The galleries are open ‘til midnight, and the Gallery of California Natural Sciences reopens to the public with a grand ceremony at 7 pm. Join the foodie festivities with Off the Grid’s food trucks on 10th Street. Enjoy California beer and wine at bars throughout the Museum. Have a roaring good time with animal face-painting, and dress up as your favorite California animal and strut your stuff in our costume contest! Rock out retro California style with tunes from DJs and surf bands.

What to expect on May 31:

 

11 am to Midnight

Galleries of California Art, Gallery of California History, Museum Gardens and special exhibitions open all day, and we/customize’s final weekend

Level 2 and Level 3

 

The OMCA Store, open all day with unique, local, and artisan gifts

Level 2

 

The swanky East Bay Express lounge where you can kick back & relax

Level 1, California Room

 

Japanese Sogetsu Ikebana flower arrangements with native plants

All Levels

 

Stroller valet parking for families

Level 1, Koi Pond Area

12 to 7 pm

Members Only Preview of the Gallery of California Natural Sciences

Level 1

 

Members Only Lounge

Café, Level 2

5 to 7 pm

Solo acoustic musicians Jason Diztian (clarinet) and Lenny San Jose (ukulele) strolling throughout the Museum

All Levels

 

Old-time string band Evie Ladin and Evil Diane

Garden

5 to 8 pm

Family-friendly Gold Panning—keep all you find!

Garden

 

Cat and animal face-painting for the young and young-at-heart

Garden

 

Natural Sciences button-making drop-in workshop for all ages

Garden

 

Makers & Tasters Series featuring designer Sasha Duerr of Permacouture’s natural dyes textile workshop with native Oakland plants

Garden

 

Velocity Circus performers on stilts throughout the Museum

All Levels

5 to 9 pm

DJ Sid Presley spinning surf music to get the party started

Level 1, Amphitheater

 

Self-navigated Garden exploration with the Garden Hunt Card, available at Natural Sciences Docent Carts

Oak Street Plaza & Redwood Burl

5 to 10 pm

Gourmet food trucks from Off the Grid featuring local cuisine: An the Go, Bao & Bowl, Curry Up Now, Ebbett's Good to Go, 510 Burger, Go Streatery, Hapa SF, Kinder's BBQ, Koja Kitchen, Liba Falafel, Pacific Puffs, Seoul on Wheels, The Crème Brulée Cart

10th Street

5 to 11:30 pm

Blue Oak Beer Garden, featuring California beer, wine, and non-alcoholic drinks

Koi Pond & Garden

 

Off the Grid dessert carts serving sweet treats:  Crème brûlée Cart, Fat Face popsicles, Rockos Chocolate Tacos

Garden

6 to 6:30 pm

Oakland Public Library Story Time for families

Garden

7 to 7:30 pm

Grand reopening ceremony for the Gallery of California Natural Sciences with remarks by Bay Area civic and community leaders

Garden

7 pm to Midnight

Gallery of California Natural Sciences open to the public

Level 1

7:45 to 8 pm

All ages California Creature Costume Contest: come dressed as your favorite California species to win a prize!

Garden

8 to 10 pm

Live band Agency EL84 playing their brand of James Bond-meets-Malibu surf music

Garden

10:30 pm

Encore screening of the Oakland Internet Cat Video Festival #catvidfest, produced by the Walker Art Center

Garden

Check back weekly for updates and new program additions.

Cost: Half-price gallery admission for adults, ages 18 and under are free. Admission for Members is always free. Cash bar. Prices vary for Off the Grid food trucks.

Transportation: OMCA is located one block from the Lake Merritt BART Station. Event parking is available at the Museum garage for a $5 flat fee after 5 pm. The Museum garage closes at 12:30 am. Additional parking is available at the ALCO Parking Garage located at 165 13th Street at Jackson Street, with a $5 flat fee starting at 7 pm. The Alco Garage closes at 1 am. More information is available on our Directions page.

The Museum garage closes at 12:30 am. Additional parking is available at the Alco Parking Garage located at 165 13th Street at Jackson Street, with a $5 flat fee starting at 7 pm. The Alco Garage closes at 1 am. More information is available on our Directions page. - See more at: http://museumca.org/friday-nights-omca#sthash.kjieZ2J9.dpuf

Presented in partnership with Off the Grid: Lake Merritt @ OMCA.

Media support provided by: 

Friday Nights @ OMCA art programs are made possible by generous support from the Walter and Elise Haas Fund.