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Friday Nights at OMCA

Friday, August 30, 2019, 5–10 pm
Friday, August 30, 2019 - 5:00pm
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Cheers to the weekend! Friday Nights at OMCA is one of Oakland's favorite things to do, bringing you the best of local cuisine along with live local music and dance, hands-on art activities for the kids, and so much more. The Museum is open late, giving you more time to check out Pushing West: The Photography of Andrew J. Russell and Mildred Howard’s TAP: Investigation of Memory before they’re gone. 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
Black Power
Gallery of California History 

Level 3
Closing soon! Pushing West: The Photography of Andrew J. Russell
Closing soon! 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 Sake One

6–8 pm: Chalkboard Activation 
Oak Street Plaza
Black Thought Project

6:30–7 pm: Dance Instruction
10th Street Amphitheater
Details coming soon.

7–9 pm: Music
10th Street Amphitheater
Rob Woods and Curb Service

 

Family Activities

5–8 pm: Make a Faux Daguerreotype
Gardens
Smile for the camera! Create your own faux daguerreotype print, inspired by Pushing West: The Photography of Andrew J. Russell, closing this Sunday, September 1. The daguerreotype process was the first publicly-available photographic process, introduced in the 1800s.

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.

6–8 pm: Family Reading Time with the Oakland Public Library
Learning Center
Explore a selection of favorite books—provided by the OPL’s bike-powered book-mobile—then curl up and read together.

 

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, the OMCA Gardens or café patio.

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

 

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. No outside alcoholic drinks permitted. Enjoy drinks at the Blue Oak bars.

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.