Friday Nights at OMCA

Friday, November 15, 2019, 5–9 pm
Friday, November 15, 2019 - 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 at 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 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

5–9 pm: Galleries Open Late
Explore the Museum’s 110,000 square feet of gallery space until 9 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
No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man
Great Hall

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

Level 3
¡El Movimiento Vivo! Chicano Roots of El Día de los Muertos
Question Bridge: Black Males
Gallery of California Art


Music, Dance, and Performances

5–6:30 pm: Resident DJ
10th Street Amphitheater
DJ Sean G and DJ Lady Ryan

6:30–7 pm: Dance Instruction
10th Street Amphitheater
Hip-Hop with Arayah Fleming of Destiny Arts Center

7–9 pm: Resident DJ
10th Street Amphitheater
DJ Sean G and DJ Lady Ryan


Family Activities

5–8 pm: Create a Tiny Sculpture
California Room
Let your inner artist loose with this family friendly craft. Create a mini sculpture inspired by special exhibition No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man, on view through February 16, 2020.



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 on the Off the Grid website.

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, 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 Crucible Takeover
Level 1 Lobby
Join us for an evening celebrating the industrial arts from West Oakland's own Crucible. Shop ceramics, jewelry, glass blown artwork, and more. The Crucible has grown to become the largest nonprofit industrial arts education facility in the United States.

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 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.