Friday Nights @ OMCA Block Party

Friday, April 6, 2018, 5–10 pm
Friday, April 6, 2018 - 5:00pm

Rain or shine, Friday Nights @ OMCA is on! Due to the weather forecast, the Youth Showcase with Tatu Vision has been postponed, but we've still got Off the Grid food trucks, DJs from The DJ Project and live music from the Delta and Beyond with Pete Madsen, plus move events in the Hip-Hop Dojo inside RESPECT. See all updates in the listing below.

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, check out a special youth showcase.

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

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. 

7:30–7:45 pm: Snack-Sized Docent Tour
Visit Ticketing Desk on 2nd level 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

5–6:30 pm: Resident DJ
Koi Pond
Members of The DJ Project spinning hits. 

5:30–6:45 pm: Flow: Hip-Hop Yoga
Great Hall, Level 2
Relax and build your skills every first Friday with “Your Local Yoga Dealer” Shakira inside RESPECT: Hip-Hop Style & Wisdom. All levels welcome, bring your own mat. Included with special exhibition Museum admission.

6–8 pm: Music
Oak Street Plaza
Live music by the Delta and Beyond with Pete Madsen. 

6–10 pm: Women in Music Festival — A Night at the Oakland Museum SOLD OUT
8 pm: Women in Hip-Hop Panel 
This event is now at capacity. As part of the 2018 Women in Music Festival, this special ticketed event includes access to RESPECT: Hip-Hop Style & Wisdom and WIM’s first-ever panel discussion on women in Hip-Hop. Tickets are $20 (including admission) and are available for purchase through the Women in Music Festival website.

6:30–7 pm: Dance Showcase
Koi Pond
Youth Dance Showcase with Mini Mix'd.

6–8 pm: Plug ‘n’ Play CANCELLED 
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. 

7–9 pm: Youth Showcase CANCELLED 
10th Street Amphitheater
This event has been postponed. Don’t miss a showcase of live performances from the emerging voices of the Bay Area’s next generation of Hip-Hop, featuring talented local teens and young adults, produced in collaboration with TATU Vision

7–8:30 pm: Queens: Women, Chess, Hip-Hop
Great Hall, Level 2
Join a special conversation and interactive chess event inside the exhibition RESPECT: Hip-Hop Style & Wisdom, featuring Rochelle Ballantyne and Jennifer Shahade with Adisa Banjoko, Hip-Hop Chess Federation founder and writer of Bobby, Bruce & the Bronx. A rising star, Stanford graduate Ballantyne is the Black female closest to achieving chess title of “Master.” She was featured in the 2012 documentary Brooklyn Castle. Shahade is a two-time US Women’s Chess Champion, author of Play Like a Girl and Chess B*tch, poker professional, and editor of uschess.org. After the talk, test your chess skills against Ballantyne and Shahade as they take on all comers in free play. Included with special exhibition Museum admission. 


Family Activities

5–9 pm: Dominoes Tables
Koi Pond
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.   

5–8 pm: Community Mural CANCELLED
This event has been postponed. Join a community mural demonstration and workshop with Forrealism artist Joaquin Alejandro Newman and youth artists from the REACH Ashland Youth Center, a program of the County of Alameda. 


Local Food and Drink

5–10 pm: Off the Grid Food Trucks
10th Street, rain or shine!
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!
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. CLOSED 

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.