Friday Nights at OMCA with Off the Grid

Friday, Aug. 19, 2022, 5–9 pm
Friday, August 19, 2022 - 5:00pm
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Reconnect with family, friends, and community at OMCA every Friday night. These free events provide a gathering place to come together each week, including live music, hands-on activities, Off the Grid food trucks, and the newly-launched Town Fare sun deck, featuring an outdoor bar and select bar bites from the cafe menu. Take advantage of late-night access to our galleries and special exhibitions with a Museum ticket, or bring a blanket and lounge in our garden, now open with direct access to Lake Merritt.

Inspired by the community’s stories of resilience and reconnection over the past two years, Friday Nights at OMCA has been reimagined as a more intimate experience where visitors can break bread and enjoy weekly programming that dives deeper into themes that drive OMCA’s mission like community, belonging, and connection.

Please note, alcoholic beverages must be consumed inside the OMCA campus and outside alcohol is not permitted. Also, review our Safe Community Agreements in advance of your visit. 

OMCA is committed to providing programs that are accessible, welcoming, and inclusive of our community. Assistive listening devices and wheelchairs are available for checkout on a first come, first served basis at the Ticketing Desk. To request other accommodations, like American Sign Language (ASL), Cantonese, Spanish or another language interpreter, please email visitor@museumca.org at least three weeks before the event.
*Performances are subject to change.

Friday, Aug. 19, 5–9 pm

August Off The Grid mobile food creator lineup
Curveball Sliders, Cool!naria, Caribbean Spices, Southern Comfort Kitchen, Curry Up Now, Golden Gate Gyro, and Momolicious.

5–7 pm - DJ Ron Reeser (Ampitheater)

6 and 6:30 pm - Popup Gallery Talks with Carin Adams, Curator of Art (Great Hall)

Carin Adams, OMCA Curator of Art and co-curator of Hella Feminist, will lead a conversation about the ways textiles are central to the fabric of intersectional feminist thought. Gallery access to the pop-up talk is available with the purchase of a Museum ticket.

6–8 pm - Textiles Remixed with Kalingafornia Laga Weaving Collective, Sheng Lor, and Amadi Greenstein (Garden)

This program explores the rich and layered practice of textile art with a series of demonstrations in our garden, featuring local artists Kalingafornia Laga Weaving Collective and Sheng Lor. Kalingafornia Laga is a weaving collective of Filipino American women in the San Francisco Bay Area who preserve, promote, and maintain indigenous backstrap weaving traditions from Kalinga. Sheng Lor is a Hmong American fiber artist whose practice is motivated by a desire to connect to cultural practices of her elders, which are rooted in shamanism and land stewardship. Amadi Greenstein is a passionate textile artist originally from Northern Virginia who creates original textile works that explain the narratives of her cultural identities and personal memories, along with discoveries of narratives from other identities. The artists and makers will remix concepts of identities, mythologies, and healing through braiding, weaving, and wrapping.

Friday Nights at OMCA with Off the Grid is proudly supported by: