Friday Nights @ OMCA

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

UPDATE: Tonight’s Friday Nights at OMCA outdoor programming has been canceled due to air quality conditions. 

This includes Off the Grid food trucks, Go Local Music and DJs, Blue Oak Beer Garden, Marketplace @ OMCA, and family programming. All three Galleries of California Art, History and Sciences, as well as special exhibition The World of Charles and Ray Eames, will remain open until 9 pm, air quality permitting. We’ve updated the website event description with all changes. Please take care of yourselves and take precautions when going outside. 

Our sympathies go out to the communities of California who are affected by the devastating fires, and we thank the firefighters and first responders who are working tirelessly to battle them. 

What can I do at Friday Nights @ OMCA tonight?

Late Night Gallery Hours
Music, Dance, and Performance - CANCELED
Family Activities - CANCELED
Local Food and Drink - CANCELED
Shop the OMCA Store

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? 
New! Cruisin' The Fossil Coastline on Level 3.
The World of Charles and Ray Eames 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. 


Music, Dance, and Performances

5–6:30 pm: Resident DJ - CANCELED
10th Street Amphitheater
DJ Leydis

6:30–7 pm: Dance Instruction - CANCELED
10th Street Amphitheater
Soukous dance class and demo with Arnaud Loubayi of Bietzo Bia Kongo

7–8 pm: Music - CANCELED
10th Street Amphitheater
Baba Ken Okulolo & West African Highlife Band

8–9 pm: Music - CANCELED
10th Street Amphiteater
DJ Young Fyah


Family Activities - CANCELED

5–8 pm: Family-Friendly Drop-In Activity - CANCELED
California Room
Eames Miniature Chair Making
Inspired by OMCA's special exhibition, The World of Charles and Ray Eames.

5–7:30 pm: Family Reading Time with the Oakland Public Library - CANCELED
California Room
Explore a selection of favorite books—provided by the OPL’s bike-powered book-mobile—then curl up and read together.

6–6:30 pm: OMCA Family Storytime with the Oakland Public Library - CANCELED
Learning Center
Join our friends at the Oakland Public Library for family-friendly storytime with stories, songs, and rhymes.


Local Food and Drink - CANCELED

5–9 pm: Off the Grid Food Trucks - CANCELED
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 - CANCELED
Level 1
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, or café patio. 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 during the winter season.

Save your spot! - CANCELED
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 - CANCELED
Level 1 Lobby
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: OMCA Store
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 in the OMCA Store.

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.