Friday Nights @ OMCA — Winter Fest

Friday, December 14, 2018, 5–9 pm
Friday, December 14, 2018 - 5:00pm

Celebrate diverse winter traditions reflected in the Bay Area, including Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. Enjoy storytime with the Oakland Public Library, winter-themed activities, strolling carolers, and a special Balinese dance and music performance by Gamelan Sekar Jaya Ensemble. Create a candle to take home as we wrap up the final Friday Nights @ OMCA for 2018.

What can I do at Friday Nights @ OMCA tonight?

Late Night Gallery Hours
Music, Dance, and Performance
Family Activities
Local Food and Drink
Shop Bay Area Artists

Late Night Gallery Hours

5–9 pm: Galleries Open Late 
Explore the Museum’s 110,000 square feet of gallery space until 9 pm, including hands-on exhibitions with interactive activities for the whole family to enjoy. 

What's on view? 
The World of Charles and Ray Eames on Level 2.
Cruisin’ the Fossil Coastline on Level 3.
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

56:30 pmResident DJ
Koi Pond
La Pelanga DJs

6–8 pm: Strolling carolers
All three levels
Piccola Carolers

6:30–7 pm: Holiday Singing
10th Street Amphitheater
Piccola Carolers

7–9 pm: Dance & Music
James Moore Theater
Traditional Balinese music and dance with Gamelan Sekar Jaya


Family Activities

5–8 pm: Family-Friendly Drop-In Activity
California Room
Winter Candle Making
Create a candle for your family’s winter holiday inspired by Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa traditions.

5–8 pm: Kwanzaa Table decoration created by Candi Farlice
California Room

5–8 pm: Mexican Christmas traditions
Level 1 Lobby
Learn about diverse Winter traditions with an altar created by artists Bea Hocker and Alicia Diaz.

5–7:30 pm Family Reading Time with the Oakland Public Library
California Room
Explore library resources provided by the OPL’s bike-powered book-mobile.

5:30–6 pm Hanukkah sing-along
Lecture Hall

6–6:30 pm Storytime with Oakland Public Library
Lecture Hall
Enjoy a family-friendly story with our friends from the Oakland Public Library.


Local Food and Drink

5–9 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 pm: Blue Oak Beer Garden
Level 1
Enjoy beer and wine specials from local makers.

Kick back and relax with seating available on 10th Street, the 10th Street Amphitheater, Oak Street Plaza, or café patio. 

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
Level 1 Lobby
Explore our weekly rotating market featuring local Bay Area artists, jewelers, and craftspeople.

5–9 pm: OMCA 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 9:30 pm.

Food and drink are not allowed inside the galleries unless otherwise designated. Please note the OMCA Gardens are closed during Friday Nights at OMCA during the winter season.

Ticketing Desk: Level 2
10th Street Amphitheater: Level 1 on 10th Street at Fallon
Blue Oak beer garden: Level 1 
California Room: Level 1
OMCA Gardens: Closed for the winter season

Need help? Stop by the Ticketing Desk on the Level 2.

Presented in partnership with Off the Grid: Lake Merritt at 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. OMCA Festivals are made possible in part by generous support from the Oakland Museum Women’s Board and the Koret Foundation.