Friday Nights at OMCA
Every Friday beginning June 3, 2022 | 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.

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 10 Off the Grid food trucks parked on 10th St between Oak and Fallon Streets. Beer and wine 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, or enjoy weekly rotating Museum programming that will inspire you to move, make, mingle, and more!

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

June Lineup

June OTG mobile food creator lineup

Curveball Sliders, S&K Wings, Cool!naria, Caribbean Spices, Johnny Doughnuts, Southern Comfort Kitchen, and more. For all of the details, visit Off the Grid

Friday, June 3, 5–9 pm

5–7 pm - Clay and nature inspired prints (Amphitheater)
Join our museum educators for a hands-on MAKE session in the garden! Sculpt your own mini dinnerware at the 'EARTH-enware Table', inspired by Edith Heath: A Life in Clay. Or make your mark at the 'NATURE Prints Table' with natural shapes and textures, inspired by OMCA Kids: Nature Playspace. OMCA supplies the materials, you supply the creativity! While supplies last.

5–8:30 pm - DJ Emancipation with Aïma the Dreamer of Soulovely (Garden)
Take a musical journey through Africa and beyond, led by DJ Emancipation and MC Aïma the Dreamer of Soulovely, a collective of powerful queer women of African descent who showcase women djs and queer djs from the Bay Area and have been throwing Oakland’s favorite daytime dance party since 2011.

Friday, June 10, 5–9 pm

5:00-7:00 pm - DJ Tony Play (Amphitheater)

7:00-8:30 pm - Live Performance: Cabanijazz Project (Garden)
CABANIJAZZ PROJECT is an exuberant fusion of Latin Jazz harmonies and Afro-Caribbean dance music led by GRAMMY® award-winning composer & conga player, Javier Cabanillas. This eight piece band adds an injection of vitality and coolness to contemporary tropical music, perfect for both the growing listening and dance audiences.

Friday, June 17, 5–9 pm

5–7 pm - DJ Ron Reezer (Amphitheater)

6:00 and 6:30 pm Black History Gallery Talks with Dania Jordan (History Gallery)
Start off the evening in the galleries with Associate Curator Dania Jordan to learn more about how Black Californians have shaped our state's history. Then, join special guests in the garden for a performance and take in the views of Oakland buildings related to Black Panther history.

7:00-8:30 pm - The BD Express (Garden)
The BD Express brings some of the Bay Area's top musicians together to give you the best of New Orleans, Blues, R&B, and Soul music. Whether you're relaxing with your favorite drink or ready to get up and get down, The BD Express is THE band to fit any occasion.
 

Friday, June 24, 5–9 pm

5-7 pm - DJ Juan G (Amphitheater)

6-6:30 pm - Alicia the Dance Dragon Slayer (Garden)
Diaspora Dance is a Caribbean Vibes meets Afro Pop non-stop party class! Kick off the night with this class featuring an eclectic Afro-Caribbean playlist and a fusion of the latest movements mixed with fun classics. With Alicia's signature “less moves, more grooves” effortless choreography and Dance Dragon Slaying supportive teaching style, Diaspora Dance is an all-levels space to move, be inspired, and SLAY!

6:30-8:30 pm - Kin Folkz & East Bay Queer Arts Center (Garden)
Starting at 6:30, co-founder of the East Bay Queer Arts Center, Kinfolkz, and performing artist Lisa Evans welcome you to a specially curated evening of spoken word, dance, music and healing. The East Bay LGBTQ+ Healing Arts Center aka the Queer Arts Center is a grassroots, interdisciplinary collaborative of Oakland, California-based disabled, Black, Indigenous + Brown LGBTQ+ identified artists and wellness practitioners serving a global community.

Friday Nights at OMCA is made possible by generous support from Bank of America and the Oakland Museum Women’s Board.