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Oakland Museum of California Announces Details for Winter Fest on Dec. 15, 2017

(OAKLAND, CA) November 28, 2017—The Oakland Museum of California announces details for Winter Fest on December 15, a celebration exploring end-of-the-year winter traditions on the final Friday Nights @ OMCA of the year.

The event will reflect the diverse winter traditions celebrated throughout the Bay Area, including Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, Balinese, and Latin American festivities. Enjoy half-price admission, expanded offerings of winter-themed activities for kids, and a special lineup of live music and dance from local performers.

Visitors can watch a Balinese dance and music performance by Gamelan Sekar Jaya Ensemble, and a special musical event created by Thingamajigs. Join Hanukkah-themed activities with the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund, Storytime with the Oakland Public Library, and candle-making for your family’s holiday inspired by Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa traditions. Additionally, Chris Johnson, co-director of OMCA’s recently acquired multimedia artwork Question Bridge: Black Males will be on site to sign copies of the project’s accompanying publication in front of the OMCA Store.


“Friday Nights @ OMCA continues to be the community gathering space for Oaklanders every Friday, welcoming nearly 200,000 visitors in 2017,” said Associate Director of Public Engagement Cynthia Taylor. “Winter Fest is the perfect way to end the year with every generation of your family, celebrating the diverse communities of Oakland by honoring holiday traditions with music and creative art activities. We look forward to welcoming everyone and being in community together at OMCA during this special time of year.”

Music, dance, performance, family activities, and other details can be found at

Winter Fest is presented in partnership with the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund, the Oakland Public Library, and the 20th Annual Music for People & Thingamajigs Festival.

The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) presents Friday Nights @ OMCA, a regular evening series every Friday from 5 to 9 pm, in partnership with Off the Grid: Lake Merritt @ OMCA—the first major food truck market in the East Bay. Friday Nights @ OMCA features extended Museum hours, in-gallery programming, a beer garden from Blue Oak café, live music, dancing, hands-on family activities, and more. Gallery admission is half-off for adults, free for ages 18 and under. Event parking in the Museum garage is $7. Presented in partnership with Off the Grid: Lake Merritt @ OMCA. Friday Nights @ OMCA is made possible in part by generous support from the Koret Foundation, Bank of America, the Oakland Museum Women’s Board, and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) is committed to being a welcoming and lively place for multi-generational Bay Area families to visit, learn, and engage through OMCA Family, with art activities, storytelling, and hands-on, drop-in projects throughout the Museum. OMCA’s other family-friendly offerings include free Family Guides to the Galleries available at ticketing desks, free activity Books & Blankets available for check-out anytime the Museum is open, and three large annual festivals: Lunar New Year in February, the Summer Reading Celebration in August with the Oakland Public Library, and the Days of the Dead Celebration in October. OMCA Festivals are made possible in part by generous support from the Oakland Museum Women’s Board and the Koret Foundation.

The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) brings together collections of art, history and natural science under one roof to tell the extraordinary stories of California and its people. OMCA’s groundbreaking exhibits tell the many stories that comprise California with many voices, often drawing on first-person accounts by people who have shaped California’s cultural heritage. Visitors are invited to actively participate in the Museum as they learn about the natural, artistic and social forces that affect the state and investigate their own role in both its history and its future. With more than 1.9 million objects, OMCA is a leading cultural institution of the Bay Area and a resource for the research and understanding of California’s dynamic cultural and environmental heritage.

Museum admission is $15.95 general; $10.95 seniors and students with valid ID, $6.95 youth ages 9 to 17, and free for children 8 and under and Members. There is a $4 charge in addition to general admission pricing for special exhibitions. OMCA offers onsite underground parking, with validation for Museum visitors, and is conveniently located one block from the Lake Merritt BART station, on the corner of 10th Street and Oak Street. The accessibility ramp is located at the new 1000 Oak Street main entrance. Regular hours are 11 am to 5 pm, Wednesday through Sunday, 11 am to 9 pm Fridays.


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