Friday Nights at OMCA with Off the Grid
Every Friday | 5–9 pm | OMCA Campus

Reconnect with family, friends, and community at OMCA every Friday night. These free events provide a gathering place to come together each week, including live music, hands-on activities, Off the Grid food trucks, and the newly-launched Town Fare sun deck, featuring an outdoor bar and select bar bites from the cafe menu. Take advantage of late-night access to our galleries and special exhibitions with a Museum ticket, or bring a blanket and lounge in our garden, now open with direct access to Lake Merritt.

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.

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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

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, Aug. 12, 5–9 pm

5–7 pm - DJ Juan G (Ampitheater)

6:30–8:30 pm - Awesöme Orchestra (Garden)

Join Awesöme Orchestra Collective on our Garden Stage for a special live performance during Friday Nights at OMCA. The Collective brings together Bay Area music-lovers for orchestral adventures, bringing classical music out of the symphony concert halls into the streets, parks, and rock venues throughout the Bay Area. Awesome Örchestra  sessions are open to any musicians who want to join. Visit awesomeorchestra.com for information about how to sign up to play. Head out to the amphitheater to catch DJ Juan G for a Afrobeats dance party from 5 to 7 pm.

Friday, Aug. 19, 5–9 pm

5–7 pm - DJ Ron Reeser  (Ampitheater)

6–8 pm - Textiles Remixed with Kalingafornia Laga Weaving Collective,  Sheng Lor, and Amadi Greenstein (Garden)

This program explores the rich and layered practice of textile art with a series of demonstrations in our garden, featuring local artists Kalingafornia Laga Weaving Collective and Sheng Lor. Kalingafornia Laga is a weaving collective of Filipino American women in the San Francisco Bay Area who preserve, promote, and maintain indigenous backstrap weaving traditions from Kalinga. Sheng Lor is a Hmong American fiber artist whose practice is motivated by a desire to connect to cultural practices of her elders, which are rooted in shamanism and land stewardship. Amadi Greenstein is a passionate textile artist originally from Northern Virginia who creates original textile works that explain the narratives of her cultural identities and personal memories, along with discoveries of narratives from other identities. The artists and makers will remix concepts of identities, mythologies, and healing through braiding, weaving, and wrapping.

Following the demonstrations, Carin Adams, OMCA Curator of Art and co-curator of Hella Feminist, will lead a conversation about the ways textiles are central to the fabric of intersectional feminist thought. Gallery access to the pop-up talk is available with the purchase of a Museum ticket.

Friday, Aug. 26, 5–9 pm

5–7 pm - DJ X-Ro (Amphitheater)

7–9 pm -  Can I Kick It? Film Experience Presented by Shaolin Jazz with a screening of Black Panther (Garden)Head to OMCA’s expansive outdoor garden for a special film experience. Can I Kick it? caters to the lovers of Kung-Fu and action films, the music they inspired, and everything else in between. At the screening, watch the popular film Black Panther scored with a live mixed blend of hip-hop, soul, funk, and more, by DJ 2-Tone Jones. Be sure to check out DJ X-Ro in our amphitheater from 5 to 7 pm.

 

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