Friday Nights at OMCA | Burning Man Block Party

Friday, November 8, 2019, 5–10 pm
Friday, November 8, 2019 - 5:00pm

Burning Man meets Friday Nights at OMCA at this spectacular version of Oakland's favorite block party. This extra special edition of Friday Nights features art cars, dancers, DJs, marching bands, and, of course, fire demonstrations! Don't miss this super-sized late-night extravaganza in celebration of special exhibition No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man.

General admission is required for gallery access. Outdoor activities are free and open to the public.

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 - Admission required

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
No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man
Great Hall
Get the insider-scoop with Burner Volunteers inside the exhibition.

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 - Free

5–7 pm: Live Music
10th Street Amphitheater
Janky Barge Art Car DJ Collective

5–9 pm: Fire Demonstrations
Fire Dancers from The Crucible

5–9 pm: Wishing Well
Submit a wish into the Crucible Wishing Well

5–10 pm: Art Car Petting Zoo
10th Street
Featuring the Janky Barge Art CarThe Big Cheese Car, and Shell The Crab

7–8:55 pm: Marching Band Performances
10th Street Amphitheater 
Gamelan X and Mission Delirium

8:55 pm: Closing Community Line Dance
10th Street Amphitheater
Cupid Shuffle Line Dance


Family Activities - Free

5–8 pm: Create a Tiny Sculpture with Black Rock Explorers
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.

5-9 pm: Art Activities
Oak Street Plaza
Butterfly art activities with Favianna Rodriguez and the Que Viva Burning Man Camp.



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. 




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.