Friday Nights @ OMCA

Every Friday night, 5–10 pm
Half-price gallery admission for adults. Ages 18 and under are free!
Cash bar. Prices vary for Off the Grid food trucks.

Get your Oakland groove on at Friday Nights @ OMCA with Off the Grid food trucks, music, and more! Join OMCA every Friday for a family-friendly take on a festive night market, with the best in Bay Area curbside cuisine from gourmet food trucks, local beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages at the Blue Oak beer garden, live music, and dance lessons. Get creative at family-friendly drop-in workshops, dance to live music and local DJs, and enjoy special guest performers and events. Enjoy unique programs, including:

  • Live music, DJs, acoustic sets, and family-friendly dance lessons where you can shake it up with dances based on the weekly music themes.
  • Family fun at Friday Nights: every Friday night, from 5 to 8 pm, features a free hands-on art workshop for all ages, and select Fridays feature storytime with the Oakland Public Library from 6 to 6:30 pm.
  • A rotating list of food trucks, music themes, and featured artists. Check the weekly event listings on the right to find out more; like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for up-to-the-minute event updates!
  • Marketplace @ OMCA: local makers interested in selling artwork, handmade, and handcrafted works at Friday Nights @ OMCA should fill out our Interest Form.

Reservations: Need a place to sit with your full party during Friday Nights @ OMCA? Reserve a picnic table where your group can gather to join all the fun! If you're planning an even bigger bash, you can now book the Blue Oak cafe through OMCA's Event Services department as a private party lounge—it's perfect for personal and professional gatherings alike.

» reserve a picnic table

» book a lounge

How to get here: OMCA is located one block from the Lake Merritt BART Station.

Parking: Event parking is available at the Museum Garage, with a $7 flat fee starting at 5 pm. The Museum garage closes at 10:30 pm. More information is available on our Directions page.

Garden Access: Please note the Gardens will be closed for landscaping from August 16 to September 7. During Friday Nights @ OMCA, seating is available at Oak Street Plaza, 10th Street, the 10th Street Amphitheater, and the café patio. OMCA's garden and terraces are open and free to visitors during Friday Nights @ OMCA from March through November, with the exception of dates when the garden is rented for private events.  More information on garden access.

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. Support for the Latin Salsa Music program is provided by the Zellerbach Family Foundation.

Off the Grid   Bank of America