Friday Nights @ OMCA Block Party

Friday, April 20, 2018, 5–10 pm
Friday, April 20, 2018 - 5:00pm

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 education and civic engagement.

What can I do at Friday Nights @ OMCA tonight?

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

Late Night Gallery Hours

5–10 pm: Galleries Open Late

5–10 pm: Member Preview Hours
Great Hall, Level 2
Want to get a sneak peek at J.B. Blunk: Nature, Art & Everyday Life before it opens on Saturday, April 21? Become a Member at OMCA to enjoy special preview hours. 

What's on view?
New! 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

4–9 pm: Community Resource Fair
Level 1
Learn about and meet community organizations, including Beats Rhymes and Life, Youth UpRising, Restoring Our Communities – Laney, Acta Non Verba, Oakland Public Library, Hack the Hood, and Youth Speaks.

5–5:30 pm: Resident DJ
10th Street Amphitheater
Bay Area's own DJ Wonway Posibul of Alphabet Rockers spinning hits.  

5:30–6:30: Music 
10th Street Amphitheater
Live music by Alphabet Rockers

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

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. 

6:30–8 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 special exhibition RESPECT: Hip-Hop Style & Wisdom during Friday Nights @ OMCA. Included with special exhibition Museum admission. 

6:30–7 pm: Spoken Word
10th Street Amphitheater
Young Gifted and Black was started over 30 years ago by four teachers in Ithaca, New York, who were interested in providing cultural support for African American youth. Laroilyn Davis, Denise Lee, Brenda Byron, and Marjorie Penalver led the organization through many performances, rehearsals, retreats, and other activities to reinforce cultural awareness and consciousness, develop pride and confidence and to foster a greater appreciation and demand for African American history. Young Gifted and Black was re-initiated in Oakland in partnership with the Oakland Oratorical Festival and OUSD in 2009. 

7–8:30 pm: Kevin Powell: The Education of Us Tour
James Moore Theater
Kevin Powell kick-offs his 100-city speaking tour at OMCA in celebration of his new book, The Education of Kevin Powell: A Boy’s Journey into Manhood, followed by a book signing. Free. Limited seating available. Reserve your free ticket in advance here (select April 20 in calendar). Tickets do not include gallery admission.

7–9 pm: Music 
10th Street Amphitheater
Live soul, Hip-Hop, and jazz music from SOL DeVeLoPMeNT, a California-native collective of teachers and freedom fighters that blends imaginative musicians with virtuoso vocalists and a master MC. Through their music, SOL DeVeLoPMeNt illuminates broader socio-cultural political contexts with a sound that allows listeners to feel the social injustices and inspire their own activism and healing.


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
Make a paper boombox inspired by RESPECT: Hip-Hop Style & Wisdom.   


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 reservations are not available for the Gardens tonight; Koi Pond reservations 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. 




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