Annual Events

There are several OMCA events and community celebrations that happen every year and many of our visitors look forward to each year. Some of these events and celebrations inlcude:

February: Lunar New Year

OMCA celebrates the Lunar New Year and explores the shared connections between the diverse Asian cultures of the Bay Area. These family-friendly programs will include both virtual and in-person offerings that celebrate and honor Lunar New Year traditions through storytelling, performances, activities, cooking demonstrations, and more. OMCA holds space for our AAPI communities to come together and uplift each other with both in-person and virtual healing circles.

March and April: White Elephant Sale

Known as the best and biggest rummage sale in Northern California, Oakland’s beloved annual White Elephant Sale offers many opportunities to safely shop during the annual Bay Area tradition.

Featuring 19 departments with a wide range of quality goods, the White Elephant Sale proceeds directly benefit the Oakland Museum of California’s programming and exhibitions. The Sale is organized by the Oakland Museum Women’s Board, whose sole purpose has been to raise money to support OMCA since 1959.

More information on the annual sale is available at whiteelephantsale.org. 

Ocotober and November: El Día de los Muertos

In collaboration with OMCA’s El Día de los Muertos Volunteer Community Committee, we honor The Day of the Dead both onsite and virtually every October and November. 

For the past 27 years, we have transformed our campus into a sacred space for our annual community celebration each October. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our annual in-person community celebration will be postponed until next year. Please join us for our special tribute this year as we safely come together both in person and virtually to celebrate El Día de los Muertos with many activities for the whole family.

En colaboración con el Comité comunitario de voluntarios del Día de los muertos del OMCA, estaremos celebrando el Día de los muertos de manera presencial y virtual durante octubre y noviembre. 

En el curso de los últimos 27 años todos los meses de octubre hemos transformado nuestro campus en un lugar sagrado para nuestra celebración comunitaria anual. Debido a la pandemia del COVID-19 nuestra celebración comunitaria presencial de todos los años se aplazará hasta el año próximo. Participe con nosotros en el homenaje especial de este año, en que nos reuniremos de manera segura en persona y virtualmente para celebrar el Día de los muertos con muchas actividades.

Ofrenda (Altar) at OMCA

On view October 13–November 28, 2021
Located on the Lower Level near the entrance of the Gallery of California Natural Sciences 

En exposición del 13 de octubre al 28 de noviembre de 2021
Ubicada en la planta baja, cerca de la entrada a la Galería de las Ciencias Naturales de California

Join us to pay tribute to loved ones lost at a special ofrenda (altar) created by OMCA’s El Día de los Muertos Volunteer Community Committee. In remembrance of COVID-19 victims, the altar provides an opportunity to honor those whom we mourn in the community and to create personal offerings to add to the ofrenda.

Participe con nosotros honrando a los seres queridos fallecidos, mediante esta ofrenda creada por el Comité comunitario de voluntarios del Día de los muertos del OMCA. El altar nos da la oportunidad de honrar y conmemorar a las víctimas del COVID-19, a los muertos que lloramos en la comunidad y crear una ofrenda personal para agregar al conjunto.

El Día de los Muertos Virtual Field Trip & Learning Resources

Sign up for a virtual performance and check out our El Día de los Muertos curriculum, videos, and hands-on activities for students, teachers, and families.

Regístrese a una presentación virtual y conocer sobre El Día de los Muertos por medio de planes de enseñanza, vídeos, y actividades prácticas dirigidas a estudiantes, maestros, y familias. 


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Virtual Activities & Resources


Gather with your family and friends at home and check out our activities, resources, and performances celebrating El Día de los Muertos traditions.

Reúnase en casa con su familia y amigos y explore nuestras actividades, recursos e interpretaciones para celebrar las tradiciones del Día de los muertos. 
 

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