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Upcoming Events

Thursday After Hours at OMCA | Exploration of Amapiano: Modern Dance Music from Southern Africa by Afrobeats Oakland

OMCA Great Hall 1000 Oak, Oakland, California

Don’t miss an electric pop-up performance by Afrobeats Oakland as they explore the unique modern South African genre of Amapiano featuring DJ Juan G, emcee and host Christina Alexandria, and saxophonist Seyi Sax. The set will focus on instrumental genres bringing a jazzy vibe to the galleries.. As the music plays enjoy bites and beverages in Town Fare.

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Thursday After Hours at OMCA | Total Response!: The Continued Conversation w/ Jacobdeloakland, Nimsins, and Bag o’Tricks

OMCA campus

Widen your minds and your appetites when you join OMCA in Total Response! Referencing Horace Silver’s 1972 album, Total Response! is a rap performance and conversation that guides listeners to interrogate our present reality and poses questions as seeds that audience members can cultivate and pass along as their awareness of inequity widens. Between sessions, give your tastebuds a chance to be wowed by Cooking Demonstrations happening in Town Fare.

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Thursday After Hours at OMCA | Reclamation Through Musical  Expression: Banjo Tradition & Afro-Futures from West Africa to Oakland with Hannah Mayree

OMCA campus

Liven up your Thursday night with a rooted and participatory performance by Hanna Mayree (they/them). A member of the Black Banjo Reclamation Project, Hannah shares original and traditional banjo compositions as well as harmonies through acoustic live vocal looping. Their art is a reminder of the power found in our relationship to the earth, music, and community and is an invitation to listen, learn, and sing together through various musical landscapes.

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Thursday After Hours at OMCA | Sketchboard Live Drawing and Gallery Chats with Margaret Yee

OMCA campus

Bring your sketch pads and appetites to another Thursday After Hours at OMCA. Mix and mingle over delightful cocktails prepared in OMCA’s Town Fare Café. After bites and beverages, head over to the Gallery of California History for live drawing sessions hosted by Sketchboard. 

Admission ticket required

Thursday After Hours at OMCA | Sketchboard Live Drawing and Gallery Chats with Nancy Taylor

OMCA campus

Bring your sketch pads and appetites to another Thursday After Hours at OMCA. Mix and mingle over delightful cocktails prepared in OMCA’s Town Fare Café. After bites and beverages, head over to the Gallery of California History for live drawing sessions hosted by Sketchboard. 

Admission ticket required

Ongoing & Annual events

Evening hours Thursday After Hours

Experience Thursday After Hours at OMCA – your weekly night out at the Museum rich with cocktails, culture, and community. Mingle at Town Fare Cafe by Chef Michele McQueen, where you can enjoy drinks and light bites against a backdrop of music, or explore the galleries  which come alive at night with a mix of pop-up performances, chats, live drawings, and more–  just for adults! 

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Evening hours Friday Nights at OMCA with Off the Grid

Friday Nights at OMCA with Off the Grid, Oakland’s favorite free weekly block party is back, April—October!

Gather with family, friends, and community every Friday 5—9 pm for live music, hands-on activities, Off the Grid (OTG) food trucks, and late-night access to our galleries and special exhibitions, with a Museum ticket.

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Gallery Events Gallery Chats at OMCA

Join us for Gallery Chats, an opportunity to chat with and ask questions of our enthusiastic and knowledgeable OMCA Facilitators.

 

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Third Sundays Spotlight Sundays

Every third Sunday, OMCA invites visitors to Spotlight Sundays, a series of conversations, performances, and experiences that showcase California visionaries.

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First Sundays First Sundays

Every first Sunday of the month, General Admission to OMCA’s Galleries of California Art, History, and Natural Sciences is free and tickets to Special Exhibitions in our Great Hall are offered at a discounted price of $6.

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Community Celebration 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.

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Community Celebration Día de los Muertos

In collaboration with OMCA’s Día de los Muertos Committee, we honor Day of the Dead every October and November.

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Community Event White Elephant Sale

The Oakland Museum Women’s Board started the White Elephant Sale over sixty years ago. The annual event is not-to-be-missed.

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