Friday Nights @ OMCA Block Party

Friday, June 1, 2018, 5–10 pm
Friday, June 1, 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 Traditions of Resilience.

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?
J.B. Blunk: Nature, Art & Everyday Life on Level 3.
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. 

7–7:30 pm: Snack-Sized LGBTQ+ Tour
Visit Ticketing Desk on 2nd level to discover meeting location
In honor of National Pride Month, celebrate with a Docent Tour of the Galleries focused on LGBTQ+ history in California. Included with Museum admission. 

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
10th Street Amphitheater
DJ Davey D  

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: 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. 

6:30–7:50 pm: Music
10th Street Amphitheater
Special Program: Traditions of Resilience. Experience a series of art forms born largely from African traditions and show how they have fed and connect to Hip-Hop. Don't miss:
Afia Thompson, director of Bahiya Movement
Madiou Diouf and members of Diamano Coura West African Dance Company
Professor Malandro and members of Filhos de Bimba California Bay Area School of Capoeira
Latanya Tigner of Dimensions Dance Theater
Hambone (body percussion) with Unique Derique
Members of Destiny Arts Youth Performing Company performing The African Roots of Hip-Hop, an excerpt from their recent production Evolve.

8–9 pm: Music 
10th Street Amphitheater
Live music from Antique Naked Soul


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
Draw your own Hip-Hop calligraphy.

5–8 pm: Community Mural
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
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.

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.