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OMCA Hosts: Hella Juneteenth “The Cookout”

Know Before You Go:

This event is sold out.

Museum doors open at 11 am, and we encourage you to arrive early. The festivities start at 1 pm and go until 5 pm.

The event will take place rain or shine in the Garden. Due to limited parking in our garage, we recommend finding alternate modes of transportation. Information on getting here is below.

Food & Drink

  • Cookout Plates are sold out.
  • We expect food lines to be busy. We welcome and encourage visitors to make a picnic out of it, and bring their own food. Outside beverage is not permitted.
  • Town Fare will be open with grab & go options from 11 am to 4 pm. Please expect wait times.
  • Light snacks will be available for purchase in the OMCA Shop.
  • There will be two beverage stations in the garden, with alcoholic and non-alcoholic options available for purchase. Black Vines will also be offering wine tastings for a fee.

Location & Entrance

  • Please enter through OMCA’s main entrance located at 1000 Oak Street. There is an ADA ramp located at this entrance. ADA and families-with-stroller parking is available on the entry level of the garage for those driving to OMCA.
  • Please have your ticket(s) available either on your mobile device or as a print-out.
  • Kids under 12 years of age receive free admission but must have a pre-reserved ticket.

Plan your visit

  • Lawn space is first-come, first-served. It is recommended that guests bring blankets or low chairs that rest on the ground with a low back. Tall chairs are not permitted.
  • Your ticket includes entry to our Galleries of California Art, History, and Natural Sciences and our two Special Exhibitions, Calli: The Art of Xicanx Peoples and Por el Pueblo: The Legacy and Influence of Malaquías Montoya.
  • Be sure to stop by the OMCA Shop where you can find California-themed gifts by local artisans, exhibition-themed favorites, and more.

Getting here


OMCA is BARTable, conveniently located one block from the Lake Merritt BART station, between 8th and 9th streets at Oak Street.


$10 flat-rate at OMCA parking garage off Oak Street. Space is limited and will fill quickly. The nearest off-campus parking garage is Alco Park located at 165 13th Street, for a day rate of $7.

ADA and families-with-stroller parking is available on the entry level of the garage. Please note, at this time, the Museum’s parking is not ramp-accessible to visitors via the Lower Level; visitors who park on this level must walk up the staircase to Oak Street to enter the Museum.

Bike parking

Free, on-street bike parking is available outside the Oak Street entrance to the Museum. Limited free covered bike parking is available in the OMCA Garage during garage hours.

AC Transit

OMCA is accessible by a number of AC Transit bus lines. For more information, visit Limited street parking may be available and is free on Sundays.

June 19 @ 1:00 pm 5:00 pm

$10 – $75

This event is sold out.

Join us as we come together to celebrate freedom, community, and culture at Hella Juneteenth “The Cookout” on June 19 at the OMCA Garden.

Cookouts hold cultural significance within the Black American experience, serving as pillars of community, cuisine, and celebration. At OMCA, “The Cookout” will feature the Bay Area’s finest Black chefs and Black-owned restaurants collaborating on a special Cookout Plate. This plate will showcase classic dishes and backyard favorites curated by Last Supper Society and Town Fare, including chef Michele McQueen of Town Fare, chef Byron Hughes of Last Supper Society, Sobre Mesa, Smokin’ Woods, and more.

“The Cookout” promises a day filled with backyard fun and excitement for the entire family. Attendees can also groove to music spun by an all-star lineup of DJs, including Fat Tony, DJ Kenzo, and DJ Darling Cool, playing cookout classics that will make you electric slide and two-step. Along with culinary delights and music, guests can engage in a spades tournament organized by UPLFTRS, a collective line dance led by choreographer Yeni Lucero, wine tasting curated by Black Vines, a unique art installation by Creative Shields, and lawn games scattered throughout OMCA’s picturesque garden. There will be something for everyone to enjoy!

General Admission

  • Event attendee tickets to the Hella Juneteenth “The Cookout” are $10 and include access to all the OMCA galleries.
  • A limited number of free General Admission Member tickets are available.
  • Children 12 and under are free.
  • Tickets and Cookout Plates are now sold out. Food will be available for purchase inside Town Fare Cafe during the event. Guests are also welcome to bring their own picnic to enjoy. Please note that food and beverage are not allowed in the galleries.

VIP Admission

  • Upgrade your cookout experience by purchasing a VIP ticket for $75. VIP tickets include a Cookout Plate, a whisky tasting, and access to the VIP Lounge on the Town Fare Sundeck. Ages 21+ only; ID required. VIP tickets are sold out.

About Hella Juneteenth

Hella Juneteenth, born of the Oakland collective, Hella Creative, emerged in 2020 as a driving force behind the movement that led to Juneteenth’s designation as a national holiday. This year, in collaboration with Last Supper Society, Hella Creative is set to host “The Cookout,” a town-wide celebration, in the OMCA Garden.


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