Friday Nights @ OMCA

Friday, November 23, 2018, 5–9 pm
Friday, November 23, 2018 - 5:00pm

Get cozy at OMCA this Winter!
As the days get shorter and the seasons change, OMCA invites you to bring your Friday Nights @ OMCA fun inside this Winter Season! Find inspiration in a new artwork, connect with new and old friends, and kick off the weekend at one of Oakland’s favorite things to do every week.

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
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. 

7:30–7:45 pm: Snack-Sized Docent Tour
Visit Ticketing Desk on Level 2 to discover meeting location.
Join a lively 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
B-Side Brujas

6:30–7 pm: Dance Instruction - POSTPONED DUE TO RAIN
10th Street Amphitheater
African Brasilian Dance Class with King Theo of SambaFunk! 

10th Street Amphitheater
Soul Mechanix


Family Activities

5–8 pm: Family-Friendly Drop-In Activity
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
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
Learning Center
Join our friends at the Oakland Public Library for family-friendly storytime with stories, songs, and rhymes.


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 (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!
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 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 9:30 pm.

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 @ 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.