Event

Friday Nights at OMCA

Friday, April 26, 2019, 5–10 pm
Friday, April 26, 2019 - 5:00pm

The Summer Season of Friday Nights at OMCA 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
Directions

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
New! Queer California: Untold Stories
Black Power
Gallery of California History 

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

5–9 pm: Queer California Film Series
Join us for special late-night screenings of rare films exploring untold stories of California’s LGBTQ+ communities, in conjunction with special exhibition Queer California: Untold StoriesCheck the schedule here for tonight’s showtimes and film descriptions.

Included with Museum special exhibition admission. There is an additional $5 charge for special exhibition Queer California: Untold Stories

7:30–7:45 pm: Snack-Sized Docent Tour
Visit the Ticketing Desk on Level 2 to discover the meeting location.
Join a lively fifteen-minute mini-tour led by an 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
Mpenzi

6–8 pm: Music
Oak Street Plaza
Pete Madsen

6:30–7 pm: Dance Instruction
10th Street Amphitheater
Zim Pop (Zimbabwe Pop Styles) w/ Kanukai Chigamba

7–9 pm: Music
10th Street Amphitheater
Live Traditional Zimbabwean Music and Dance with Julia Chigamba and Chinyakare Ensemble

 

Family Activities

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

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

5–10 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: Marketplace at OMCA
Level 1 Lobby
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. 

 


 

Directions

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.