Friday Nights @ OMCA

Friday, January 19, 2018, 5–9 pm
Friday, January 19, 2018 - 5:00pm

Tonight, ring in our new Acoustic Space Series inside the OMCA galleries! Get cozy at OMCA with our Winter Season of Friday Nights @ OMCA, bringing you expanded DJ sets from the Bay Area’s finest and a new monthly Acoustic Space Series featuring performing arts experiences inside the OMCA galleries tonight and on February 16, and March 16, followed by live music outdoors every Friday starting on March 23 with the launch of our Summer Season.

Friday Nights @ OMCA is one of Oakland's favorite things to do and the only after-hours museum night paired with Off the Grid food trucks, bringing you the best of local cuisine along with music, dance, and the whole Museum open late. Enjoy hands-on activities for kids and a lineup of live music and dance from local performers that changes weekly. Bring friends and family for a taste of local music, food, and culture at the Oakland Museum of California every Friday Night!

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

5–9 pm: Galleries Open Late

What's on view? 
Final weeks! Nature’s Gift: Humans, Friends & the Unknown on Level 2.
New! Take Root: Oakland Grows Food on Level 1.
Question Bridge: Black Males on Level 3.
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, 7–9 pmResident DJ
10th Street Amphitheater
Get down to the Bay Area's own DJ Dion Decibels spinning Hip-Hop, Soul, R&B and funk hits.  

6:307 pm: Dance Instruction
10th Street Amphitheater
Join a Hip-Hop dance class with Samara Atkins.

6–6:45 pm, 7:05–8 pm: Acoustic Space Series  
New Year Stretch with Nikki Thomas
Gallery of California History, Hot Tub 

Ring in the New Year with balance, purpose, and health while you relax and de-stress in the OMCA galleries. Join Oakland’s own Nikki Thomas as she leads two Soul Yoga classes this evening for all levels—a vibrant mix of movement, meditation, music, and community. Nikki Thomas is a KBLX radio personality, SOUL POWER success coach, certified yoga instructor and speaker/emcee. Nikki is also the founder of The Soul Yoga Project which offers healing and empowerment through yoga. 

Limited mats available for rental, we encourage bringing your own mat. No prior registration required. 


Family Activities

5–8 pm: Family-Friendly Drop-In Activity
California Room
Paint a peace rock in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday this month to share with your family and friends. 


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: Cash Bar and Lounge inside Nature’s Gift
Great Hall, Level 2
Final weeks! A new way to do Friday Nights @ OMCA! Enjoy libations in the comfy lounge area inside the immersive exhibition Nature’s Gift: Humans, Friends & the Unknown. Access included with special exhibition admission.

5–9 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, and Oak Street Plaza. To protect the Museum collections, food and drink are not allowed inside the galleries unless otherwise designated. Please note the OMCA Gardens are closed during Friday Nights @ OMCA through March 2018.

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: Pop-Up Store inside Nature’s Gift
Great Hall, Level 2
Final weeks! Enhance your in-gallery experience with exhibition-themed gifts, games, and light-up swag. Access included with special exhibition admission.  

5–9 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.