Friday Nights at OMCA

Friday, February 21, 2020, 5–9 pm
Friday, February 21, 2020 - 5:00pm

Get your Oakland groove on at Friday Nights at OMCA! Enjoy live music, DJs, Off the Grid food trucks, family activities, late-night gallery access, and more. Bring friends and family for a taste of local music, food, and culture at the Oakland Museum of California every week!

Ready for bigger and better Friday nights fun? OMCA is making some improvements to its campus to create an even more vibrant Friday Nights at OMCA experience. Learn all about OMCA's renovations and stay tuned for updates to your Friday Nights at OMCA experience. Some areas may be temporarily impacted during construction.

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
 You Are Here: California Stories on the Map
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
Dorothea Lange: Photography as Activism
Question Bridge: Black Males
Gallery of California Art


Music, Dance, and Performances

5–8 pm: The Universe Holds Me with CIIS Public Programs
Level 1 Lobby
CIIS Public Programs invites guests to interact with its co-designed project with Carissa Potter of People I've Loved, The Universe Holds Me. Reflect, share, and feel a little less alone by learning about the inner worlds of others. Stop by, participate, and take home a special gift!

CIIS Public Programs produces conversations, workshops, and a podcast for people who are curious about themselves and the world.

5–7 pm: Resident DJ
10th Street Amphitheater
Sounds from the Playa with DJ Meza-me

7–9 pm: Resident DJ
10th Street Amphitheater
Sounds from the Playa with DJ Ümee Dee


Family Activities

5–8 pm: Peace Rocks
California Room
Paint your own peace rocks to celebrate Black History Month.



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.



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 10 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: Closed for renovations

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.