Canceled - Friday Nights at OMCA

Friday, March 27, 2020, 5–9 pm
Friday, March 27, 2020 - 5:00pm

Get your Oakland groove on at Friday Nights at OMCA! Enjoy 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, including a brand-new Garden stage for even more outdoor performances! In the interim, OMCA’s Gardens and 10th Street Amphitheater are currently closed. Enjoy your favorite Friday Nights activities in Oak Street Plaza and throughout campus.

Learn all about OMCA's renovations and stay tuned for updates.

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

5–9 pm: Go Local DJ
Oak Street Plaza
DJ Smokestack and DJ Posole of La Pelanga


Family Activities

5–8 pm: Mapmaking
California Room
Make a map of your street or neighborhood, inspired by You Are Here: California Stories on the Map.

6–6:30 pm: OMCA Family Storytime with the Oakland Public Library
Learning Center - Level 1
Join our friends at the Oakland Public Library for family-friendly storytime with stories, songs, and rhymes.

6–8 pm: Family Reading Time with the Oakland Public Library 
California Room/Level 1 Lobby
Explore a selection of favorite books—provided by the OPL’s bike-powered book-mobile—then curl up and read together.



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
Oak Street Plaza
Enjoy beer and wine specials from local makers.

Kick back and relax with seating available in Oak Street Plaza. Seating is first come, first served. Picnic table reservations are unavailable during OMCA’s campus renovations.



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: Closed for renovations
Blue Oak beer garden: Oak Street Plaza
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.