Lunchtime Sessions: Music, Dance, and Storytelling in the Garden

A girl does a cartwheel on the OMCA garden lawn, while her guardian points at her.

This October through December, we’re welcoming you back to gather on campus for our new free program series “Lunchtime Sessions: Music, Dance, and Storytelling in the Garden.” Grab your favorite picnic blanket, pick up some lunch in our new cafe, Town Fare, and join us as we come together to delight in the joy of live performance outside in our newly renovated garden.

Every week, local artists and performers spanning multiple genres will engage with visitors and guests through music, dance, and storytelling. Lounge on the lawn, discover a new favorite artist, catch up with friends and family, and enjoy our picturesque garden setting during this brand new program series at OMCA. 

Lunchtime Sessions are free and open to the public; tickets and reservations are not required. Food and beverages are not included. In order to maintain safety for all guests, performers, and staff, capacity may be limited. Please review our Safe Community Agreements in advance of your visit.

October Performances

Saturday, October 16
12 pm 
Awesome Orchestra Collective

Awesöme Orchestra Collective brings together Bay Area music-lovers for orchestral adventures. What makes AÖC different is that it brings classical music out of the symphony concert halls and into the streets, parks, and rock venues of the Bay Area; it takes orchestral music out of films and video games, and also works with local composers to brings their music to the fore, creating a new model for orchestras to represent, serve, and inspire their communities. This October, Awesöme Orchestra Collective is thrilled to be teaming up with OMCA to play in their amazing outdoor performance space. Our sessions are open to any musicians who want to join us. Visit for info about how to sign up to play!


Saturday, October 23
12 pm
In Conversation: James Cagney and Michelle Mush Lee, with music by Azuah

Co-produced in partnership with Nomadic Press

James Cagney, winner of the 2021 Academy of American Poets James Laughlin Award and the 2019 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award, will be in conversation around craft and poetic impact with Michelle Mush Lee, with performances by alternative folk and soul musician Azuah. 

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. For more information please visit


Saturday, October 30
12 pm 
Oakland Ballet Company

Presenting works by Amy Seiwert, Bat Abbit, Sam Cortez and Graham Lustig. After observing the company in their daily training class, please enjoy highlights from family favorites such as Luna Mexicana, The Nutcracker, Heartbreak Hotel, Before It Begins, and other works.