Friday Nights at OMCA

Every Friday night, 5–9 pm
Bars accept cash and credit. Prices vary for Off the Grid food trucks.

Get your Oakland groove on at Friday Nights at OMCA with after-hours Museum access, Off the Grid food trucks, beer, wine, music, and more! 

  • After-hours gallery access.
  • Marketplace at OMCA: local makers selling handcrafted works and art.
  • Music, DJs, acoustic sets, and dance lessons.
  • A rotating list of Off The Grid food trucks and featured artists.
  • Family fun at Friday Nights: every Friday night, from 5 to 8 pm, features free hands-on art workshops for all ages, and select Fridays feature storytime with the Oakland Public Library from 6 to 6:30 pm.

Check the weekly event listings on the right to find out more; like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for updates!

Reservations: Need a place to sit with your full party during Friday Nights at OMCA? Reserve a picnic table where your group can gather to join all the fun! If you're planning an even bigger bash, you can now book the Blue Oak café through OMCA's Event Services department as a private party lounge—it's perfect for personal and professional gatherings alike.

» reserve a picnic table

» book a lounge

Tickets are now on sale for No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man!  Timed tickets are required for entry to the special exhibition, guaranteeing entrance to the exhibition at the time designated on the ticket. This ticket also permits you access to all other Museum galleries and exhibitions. We highly recommend buying your tickets online in advance; a limited number of same-day tickets will be available onsite at the Museum depending on capacity. Click here for information about timed ticketing for this exhibition.

How to get here: OMCA is located one block from the Lake Merritt BART Station.

Parking: Event parking is available at the Museum Garage, with a $7 flat fee starting at 5 pm. The Museum garage closes at 9:30 pm. More information is available on our Directions page.

Garden Access: OMCA's garden and terraces are open and free to visitors during Friday Nights at OMCA from March through November, with the exception of dates when the garden is rented for private events. More information on garden access.

Outside Drinks: No outside alcoholic drinks permitted. Enjoy drinks at the Blue Oak bars.

Marketplace at OMCA: Local makers interested in selling artwork, handmade, and handcrafted works at Friday Nights at OMCA should fill out our Interest Form.

Friday Nights at OMCA is made possible by generous support from Bank of America, the Oakland Museum Women’s Board, the Koret Foundation, and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.