Friday Nights at OMCA
Every Friday | 5–9 pm | OMCA Campus

Reconnect with family, friends, and community at OMCA over delicious local eats by Off the Grid creators and exciting Museum offerings. As California moves toward a new post-pandemic normal, OMCA and OTG are excited to provide a gathering place for the public to foster community and deepen connections with each other.

These events are family-friendly and free to attend. To enjoy the Museum galleries, please purchase your tickets

Food and beverages are available for purchase at the food trucks and at the OMCA bar is now serving beer, wine, and spirits! Please note, alcoholic beverages must be consumed inside the OMCA campus and outside alcohol is not permitted.

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.

  • Every Friday beginning at 5 pm, grab dinner from Off the Grid food trucks parked on 10th St between Oak and Fallon Streets.
  • Beer and wine, along with spirits, will be available for sale.
  • After grabbing a meal from a wide and weekly changing menu of culinary creations, head to the OMCA Gardens where you’ll find picnic tables and blankets to enjoy your local eats.
  • Play lawn games such as Giant Jenga and Giant Connect-Four, and enjoy weekly rotating Museum programming that will inspire you to move, make, mingle, and more!
  • OMCA's galleries of California Art, California History, and California Natural Sciences will stay open until 9 pm on Fridays. Please purchase advance tickets below.

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Please review our Safe Community Agreements in advance of your visit. No outside alcohol permitted.
*Performances are subject to change.

Upcoming Lineups

July Off The Grid mobile food creator lineup

Curveball Sliders, Cool!naria, Caribbean Spices, Southern Comfort Kitchen, Curry Up Now, Golden Gate Gyro, Momolicious, 3-3-3 Truck, WoKitchen, Kabob Trolley, Senor Sisig, Humphry Slocombe, and more. For all of the details, visit Off the Grid

Friday, July 1, 5–9 pm

Food truck creators: Curveball Sliders, Cool!naria, Caribbean Spices, Southern Comfort Kitchen, Curry Up Now, Golden Gate Gyro, and Momolicious.

5–7 pm - DJ Wonway (Amphitheater)
Wonway Posibul is a Grammy nominated songwriter and emcee, DJ, radio host, and award winning actor. Behind the turntables, Wonway has established himself as one of the most sought after DJ's in the San Francisco Bay Area.

5–7 pm - MAKE Oragami Cranes and Butterflies (Garden)
Let your feelings on freedom take flight! OMCA educators will host an origami station where we invite visitors to explore the meaning of freedom. Fold cranes & butterflies to contribute to the efforts of Tsuru for Solidarity & Butterfly Effect: Migration is Beautiful, two local organizations building solidarity among communities impacted by harmful immigration policies, and advocating for the end of detention sites at our southern border. Visitors may take their creations home with them, or donate them to our partnering organizations.

Friday, July 8, 5–9 pm

Food truck creators: WoKitchen, Kabob Trolley, Senor Sisig, Humphry Slocombe, Southern Comfort Kitchen, CURRY UP NOW, 3-3-3 Truck, Lobsta Truck

5-7 pm - DJ Santero (Amphitheater)
Award winning recording artist, producer, deejay and radio host, Santero has his finger on the pulse of the music industry. Santero is the founder of the annual Forever Selena festival in Brooklyn, NY and the monthly Kilimanjaro international dance parties in Oakland, CA and New Orleans, LA as well as the cofounder of the Bay Area Cumbia Cruise. He is also head of A&R for Baylando Records/Sonido Baylando.

7–8:30 pm - SOL Development - Music & Storytelling (Garden)
Oakland’s SOL Development is where soulful jazz, hip-hop and the depth of storytelling artfully intersect. Join SOL Development on our Garden Stage for a live musical performance celebrating joy and an opportunity to come together through powerful music. SOL Development's films Dear Beloved and When The Waters Get Deep will also be screened in rotation in the James Moore Theater throughout the evening. The performance is appropriate for all ages, but may touch on difficult subjects.

5:15–9 pm - Film screening  James Moore Theater) every hour on rotation

5:15 pm and 7:15 pm - When the Waters Get Deep is a short documentary about the Oakland-based hip-hop, soul and jazz ensemble SOL Development and their community-based healing practices supporting Black and Brown families experiencing trauma and grief from gun violence and loss. Take a musical journey through grief, love and hope with SOL Development as they disrupt cycles of trauma from gun violence with music and radical love in Oakland.

6:15 pm and 8:15 pm- Dear Beloved - Experience the collaborative work and music of hip-hop ensemble SOL Development and BE-IMAGINATIVE, who use their artistry and lived experience to disrupt cycles of trauma and violence in their community. Three mothers who’ve lost their children to gun violence recite poignant letters written for their loved ones who've transitioned. Tonya Lancaster, Annette Miller and Myra Jones of the BE-IMAGINATIVE collective share their stories of loss and summon restorative care and resilience. Their stories are accompanied by new music from members of hip-hop ensemble SOL.

Friday, July 17, 5–9 pm

5–7 pm - DJ Snake One (Amphitheater)
DJ Sake One is one of Northern California's most respected and revered veteran DJs. With a radio, nightclub and studio resume that dates to the late 1990s, Sake One was a key figure in the Bay Area's highly influential hip-hop scene in the late 1990s, playing at venues such as the Justice League, Rico's Loft, 111 Minna, Sound Factory, Club NV, 330 Ritch and countless others. He cemented his status in the early 2000s with his signature event, Pacific Standard Time, at Levende Lounge in San Francisco -- an event that catapulted him to international acclaim and notoriety and put his picture in magazines like The Fader and URB and his name on fliers from Miami to London to Bogota. DJ Sake One is the only Bay Area DJ to have been voted "Best DJ in the Bay Area" for two consecutive years in the SF Bay Guardian/48 Hills Best of the Bay Readers' Poll. With a resume like this, it is that much more impressive that Sake One remains very relevant in 2022, holding DJ residencies at venues across the Bay Area and continuing DJing across the US.

5-8 pm - MEET Reproductive Rights are Human Rights (Garden)
"Reproductive Rights Are Human Rights" - Oakland is the first City in California to declare itself a Sanctuary City for Abortion Access. Meet and engage with local organizations advancing reproductive health, rights, and justice in the Bay Area. Get activated and inspired by local performing artists working in efforts to dismantle the patriarchy and fight for body autonomy and reproductive rights for all.

Friday, July 22, 5–9 pm

5–7 pm - DJ Juan G (Amphitheater)

5–8 pm - Sanctuary City Project (Garden)
Sergio De La Torre and Chris Treggiari have been researching and documenting projects related to immigration issues, specifically looking at the Sanctuary City Ordinance, for the past 14 years. Sanctuary City Project takeover at OMCA. Join artists Sergio De La Torre and Chris Treggiari will host two silk screening bicycles that will screen print posters from their selection of over 40 original posters developed from the stories of community members and address the complexity of the immigrant experience: Why did you come here? Where would you go back to? A sanctuary is a quiet place, sanctuary is a necessity. The resulting posters offer an opportunity for dialogue around the topic of sanctuary cities and immigration.

Friday, July 29, 5–9 pm

5–7 pm - DJ Ron Reeser (Amphitheater)

5–8 pm - Liberation Market featuring local vendors plus performances & readings curated by Nomadic Press (Garden)
End your week with readings and music curated by Nomadic Press that highlight themes from Painting the Streets: Oakland Uprising in the Time of Rebellion, and browse handmade goods by local creators at our Liberation Market. Grab dinner, a snack or a drink at the Off the Grid food trucks and spend the evening in OMCA’s Garden and Galleries. Through publications, events, and active community participation, Nomadic Press collectively weaves together platforms for intentionally marginalized voices to take their rightful place within the world of the written and spoken word. 

5–9 pm - Hella Feminist Opening (Great Hall)

Friday Nights at OMCA is made possible by generous support from Bank of America.