Friday Nights at OMCA

Friday, January 17, 2020, 5–9 pm
Friday, January 17, 2020 - 5:00pm

Friday Nights at OMCA is back!
We’re welcoming the new year with the return of Friday Nights at OMCA, one of Oakland's favorite things to do! Get cozy inside with after-hours access to the Museum’s exhibitions and galleries, including fan-favorite No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man. Enjoy hands-on activities for kids, live music and dance from local performers, Off the Grid food trucks, and more. 

Have you heard that OMCA is undergoing a renovation in its 50th year? Learn all about it 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. Marvel at spectacular artwork from one of the most widely celebrated cultural events in the world at No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man.

What's on view? 

Level 1
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
Funk Queen DJ ChungTech and DJ Sue Problema of Chulita Vinyl Club  

6:30–7 pm: Dance Instruction
10th Street Amphitheater
House Dance Class with Amber Julian of Embodiment Project

7–9 pm: Resident DJ
10th Street Amphitheater
Funk Queen DJ ChungTech and DJ Sue Problema of Chulita Vinyl Club


Family Activities

5–8 pm: Make a Tiny Burning Man
California Room
Make tiny art and tiny tents for a tiny Black Rock city from balsa wood and other materials with Colin Fahrion, founder of Balsa Man, in conjunction with special exhibition No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man



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
Level 1 Lobby
Explore our weekly rotating market featuring local Bay Area artists, jewelers, and craftspeople. 

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. The Museum's 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: Level 1 lawn, and outdoor terraces on 2 and 3

Need help? Stop by the Ticketing Desk on 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.