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Oakland Museum of California Launches Friday Nights @ OMCA Summer Season Expansion, Summer of Love Programming

(OAKLAND, CA) April 5, 2017—The Oakland Museum of California, in partnership with Off the Grid, is excited to announce the summer season expansion of the widely popular Friday Nights @ OMCA. Starting April 7 and running through October 27, Friday Nights @ OMCA will expand open hours to 10 pm, while offering additional programming and later access to Museum galleries. Twenty Off the Grid food truck vendors will expand from 10th Street to Oak Street, wrapping around the front steps of the Museum.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, the Friday Nights @ OMCA summer season will also include programs reminiscent of this iconic time, when the San Francisco Bay area was the epicenter for likeminded musicians, artists, and social rebels. Family-friendly programming every first Friday April through August will include acoustic sing-alongs, face painting with Studio One, and political poster-making with Candi Farlice.

Friday Nights @ OMCA Summer Season highlights include:

For up-to-date, weekly information on Friday Nights @ OMCA programming, check the weekly event listings on

The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) presents Friday Nights @ OMCA, a regular evening series every Friday from 5 to 10 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 Bank of America, the Oakland Museum Women’s Board, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, 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 10 pm Fridays.


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