Friday Nights at OMCA: Hella Big 50th Birthday Party

Friday, September 20, 2019, 5–10 pm
Friday, September 20, 2019 - 5:00pm

Cheers to 50 years! On this day 50 years ago, the Oakland Museum of California was established as the "Museum of the People." We’ve been learning, reflecting, creating, dancing, and bringing people together ever since. Don’t miss this very special birthday bash edition of Friday Nights at OMCA. Celebrate with us as we ring in our 50th birthday in style.

Enjoy free gallery admission until 10 pm, rock out with the Golden State Warrior's official DJ, DJ D-Sharp, learn your fate with a custom-made fortune cookie (fun fact: the fortune cookie folding machine was invented in Oakland!), strike a pose with our community portrait project, and much more! Keep scrolling for a line-up of events.

What can I do at Friday Nights at OMCA tonight?

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

Late Night Gallery Hours

5–10 pm: Galleries Open Late - free!
Enjoy free admission until 10 pm! Explore the Museum’s 110,000 square feet of gallery space until 10 pm, including exhibitions and activities for the whole family.

What's on view? 

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

Level 2
Black Power
U.S. Immigration: Who Is Let In, Who Is Kept Out?
Gallery of California History 

Level 3
Question Bridge: Black Males
Gallery of California Art


Music, Dance, and Performances

5–6:30 pm: Resident DJ
10th Street Amphitheater
DJ D-Sharp, the official Golden State Warriors DJ

6–8 pm: Music 
Oak Street Plaza
Kai Lyons & Ahkeel Mestayer

6–6:30 pm: Toddler Dance Party & T-Shirt giveaway
10th Street Amphitheater
Calling all families to the dance floor! Show us your best moves and receive an exclusive OMCA @ 50 T-shirt.

6:30–7 pm: Destiny Arts Youth Performance
10th Street Amphitheater
Watch and participate in a Hip-Hop dance performance and workshop with Destiny Arts Company, Oakland’s winner of the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award.

6:30–7:15 pm: Happy Birthday, OMCA!
Celebrate our birthday moment!

6:30–7:15 pm: Live Poetry Performance
Performances by Darien Em and Lizette Navarro, 2019 Finalists of the Oakland Public Library Youth Poet Laureates.

7:15–8:50 pm: Music
10th Street Amphitheater
Kev Choice Ensemble with special guests Jennifer Johns, Ryan Nicole, Mara Hruby, Viveca Hawkins, and Martin Luther McCoy performing Hip-Hop, soul, jazz, R&B, fusion, funk, classical, alternative, and SoulTrap.

8:50–9 pm: Happy Birthday OMCA Closer
Finish out the night with Stevie Wonder's rendition of Happy Birthday and do the Cupid Shuffle with us!


Birthday Activities

5–9 pm: OMCA Community Portraits
California Room
Say cheese! Join our portrait of our community members and receive a free portrait when you share your story with us.

5–9 pm: Family Game Zone
Bring the whole family for fun and games in the OMCA Gardens! Enjoy temporary tattoos, hula hoops, giant Jenga, jumbo chess, lawn games, dominoes with the Global Domino Program, and more.

5–9 pm: Chalkboard Activation
Oak Street Plaza
Share your favorite OMCA memory with us on our giant chalkboard.

5–8 pm: Birthday Card Making + Button Making
Learning Center
Help us celebrate our 50th birthday by making your own colorful birthday card or cool button. Share your crafts with us or create a handmade gift for that special someone.


Local Food and Drink

5–10 pm: Dreyer's Ice Cream
Level 1 Hallway
Enjoy free scoops of Dreyer's Ice Cream.

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. 




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.

50th Celebration Supported By