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Viernes Nights at OMCA | Afrobeats Oakland Takeover

Viernes Nights at OMCA | Afrobeats Oakland Takeover, Live Figure Drawing with Sketchboard, and Gallery Chats

Agosto 23 from 5:00 pm 9:00 pm


Come join us for the Afrobeats Oakland Viernes Nights Takeover! Oakland’s most exciting arts and culture brand is partnering with OMCA to host the welcome party for their Annual Afrobeats at the Lake Festival. Afrobeats Oakland shares a taste of their main festival by coloring Viernes Nights with a melding of various African cultures, music, and dance. Between the dance tutorials and dance party, the Ethiopian tea ceremony, the live DJ set and the performances from Juan G, KOKO, Christina Alexandria, Asaba, and other special guests, OMCA is set to welcome guests of all ages and backgrounds to a Viernes Nights like none other!

Our Gallery of California Art will also be activated with a Viernes Night classic, Sketchboard Live Figure Drawing. 

OMCA welcomes all skill levels, including those who have never drawn before and want to try drawing. Art supplies and clipboards will be available for use, and your artwork will be yours to take home or exchange with others. A costumed model representing the diversity of the Bay Area will be posing in the Gallery of California Art for times ranging from 2 to 20 minutes. Since drawing will take place in the gallery, please be mindful of the space and bring only the following media from home: sketchbooks (max size 9×12 inches) and pre-sharpened enclosed graphite or charcoal pencils.

Sketching in the gallery is included with the price of general Museum Gallery access and free for Museum Members. 

In addition to an outstanding event experience, every Viernes Nights at OMCA also offers guests a well-rounded gallery experience with Gallery Chats. Unlike the traditional museum tour, Gallery Chats invites visitors to chat, ask questions and connect with our OMCA facilitators who combine content knowledge with lived experience to encourage meaningful dialogue and fresh interpretations of our exhibitions. Come see OMCA in a new light this Viernes Nights!

Limited $10 flat rate parking for Viernes Nights is available in the OMCA Garage until 10 pm. Learn more about getting to the museum.

Horario del programa:

5—9 pm Core Galleries and Special Exhibitions evening hours with Museum ticket

5:30— 8:30 pm Afrobeats Oakland Takeover | OMCA Garden

5:30—6:15 pm Sketchboard Live Figure Drawing | Gallery of California Art

5:30—7:30 pm Gallery Chats | Gallery of California Art, History, and Natural Sciences

6:45—7:30 pm Sketchboard Live Figure Drawing | Gallery of California Art 

6:45—8:50 pm Afrobeats DJ | Amphitheater

Sobre las noches de los viernes:

Gather with family, friends, and community every Viernes at 5 pm for free live music and hands-on activities, Off the Grid food trucks, and late night access to our galleries and special exhibitions, with a Museum ticket.

Bring your own or grab dinner from any one of the 8 Off the Grid food trucks on 10th Street between Oak and Fallon Streets. Beer, wine, mixed and non-alcoholic drinks are available for sale. After grabbing a meal from a wide and weekly changing menu of culinary creations, head to the OMCA Garden where you’ll find picnic tables and blankets to enjoy your local eats. Play lawn and table games, enjoy weekly rotating Museum programming, and create new memories at one of the Town’s most treasured spaces right in the heart of Oakland.

No outside alcohol permitted. Performances are subject to change. Limited $10 flat rate parking for Viernes Nights is available in the OMCA Garage until 10 pm.


Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) se compromete a ofrecer programas accesibles, acogedores e inclusivos para nuestra comunidad. Las sillas de ruedas, los dispositivos de inclusión sensorial y los servicios adicionales están disponibles en el mostrador de venta de entradas por orden de llegada. Para solicitar otras adaptaciones, como intérprete de lengua de signos americana (ASL), cantonés, español u otro idioma, envíe un correo electrónico a [email protected] al menos tres semanas antes del acto. Más información sobre nuestras opciones de accesibilidad.

Off the Grid Food Truck Lineup


Viernes Nights at OMCA with Off the Grid is sponsored by the Oakland Museum Women’s Board and Bank of America.

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