Friday Nights at OMCA

Friday, April 12, 2019, 5–10 pm
Friday, April 12, 2019 - 5:00pm

The Summer Season of Friday Nights at OMCA is back! That means the gardens are open for picnics, live music outside, galleries are open until 10 pm, and the Off the Grid food truck market expands onto Oak Street. 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 at 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
Explore the Museum’s 110,000 square feet of gallery space until 10 pm, including hands-on exhibitions with interactive activities for the whole family to enjoy. 

What's on view? 

Level 1
Take Root: Oakland Grows Food
Gallery of California Natural Sciences

Level 2
Black Power
Gallery of California History 

Level 3
Mildred Howard’s TAP: Investigation of Memory
Gallery of California Art


Music, Dance, and Performances

5–6:30 pm: Resident DJ
10th Street Amphitheater
DJ B’Lo and DJ Thot Cheetos of Queer Qumbia Qrew

6:30–7 pm: Dance Instruction
10th Street Amphitheater
Jahaira & Angelica of In Lak’ech Dance Academy

7–9 pm: Live Salsa band
10th Street Amphitheater
Cabanijazz Project


Family Activities

5–8 pm: Rainbow Crown Crafts
California Room
Make your own paper crowns decorated with rainbows in celebration of upcoming special exhibition Queer California: Untold Stories, opening tomorrow.


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 on the Off the Grid website.

5–9:30 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, the 10th Street Amphitheater, Oak Street Plaza, or café patio.

Save your spot!
Reserve a picnic table for your group during Friday Nights at OMCA or book a Friday Night lounge through Event Services.


Shop Bay Area Artists and More

5–9 pm: CCA Marketplace
Level 1 Lobby
For one night only, purchase distinctive creations made by students and alumni of California College of the Arts (CCA). Discover one-of- a-kind ceramics, textiles, jewelry, prints, and paintings in CCA Made. For the fourth consecutive year, OMCA has offered this not-to-be-missed sale in partnership with CCA’s popular School to Market class, which helps emerging artisans find effective ways to produce, market, and sell their creations.




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 11 pm.

Food and drink are not allowed inside the galleries unless otherwise designated.

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
California Room: 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 at OMCA. Friday Nights at 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.