Friday Nights @ OMCA

Friday, March 16, 2018, 5–9 pm
Friday, March 16, 2018 - 5:00pm

Tonight, don’t miss our 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 on 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? 
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

5–6:30, 7–9 pm: DJs & Fresh Jamz Party
10th Street Amphitheater
Bay Area's own DJ Odiaka & Delgado of Fresh Jamz spinning hits. Fresh Jamz is an organic gathering space by and for community-minded Oaklanders, founded as a happy hour for educators in 2008 by DJ Odiaka and Delgado. The Fresh Jamz family spends every week educating and advocating for the youth and marginalized of our city, and then unwinds together as only we can. 

6:307 pm: Dance Instruction
10th Street Amphitheater
Join Yeni Lucero for a Hip-Hop/Reggaeton/Afro beat dance showcase. Yeni was born in the small town of Chalchuapa, El Salvador, before coming to the Bay Area. With a background in West African dance, Lucero has a BA from Dance and Choreography from San Francisco State University. She is also a Teaching Artist Specialist for the Alameda County Office Of Education, and teaches dance for OUSD.

6:30–8 pm: Music — Acoustic Space Series
Gallery of California Art
Our new monthly Acoustic Space Series featuring performing arts experiences inside the OMCA galleries. Join us in the Gallery of California Art to experience the “Sound Sculptress" Destiny Muhammad and her ethereal trio in commemoration of Women’s History Month. Destiny Muhammad is a recording/performing artist, band leader, composer, and producer. Her signature genre, Celtic to Coltrane, has a cool and eclectic sound with a feel of jazz and a touch of storytelling to round out the sonic experience. Read the full description. Included with Museum admission. 


Family Activities

5–8 pm: Family-Friendly Drop-In Activity
California Room
Make a plantable seed bomb inspired by Take Root: Oakland Grows Food.


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
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: Marketplace @ OMCA
Redwood Burl Area
Explore our weekly rotating market featuring local Bay Area artists, jewelers, and craftspeople

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.