Past Event

Friday Nights At OMCA: 1-Year Anniversary Of The Ghost Ship Fire


$7.50 (free 18 & under)
All ages
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From the organizer

In honor of the one-year anniversary of the Ghost Ship fire, we're joining in community at the Oakland Museum of California to pay tribute to those whose lives were lost with a moment of silence at 6:30 pm followed by an invitation to gather at the Ghost Ship altar inside Metamorphosis & Migration: Days of the Dead.

6:30: In Memoriam — Ghost Ship

10th Street Amphitheater

Join a moment of silence led by curator Evelyn Orantes and artists Chris Treggiari and Peter Foucault for all who would like to join, followed by an invitation to visit Metamorphosis and Migration: Days of the Dead, which includes an altar created by Chris and Peter in memory of victims of the Ghost Ship fire and the 2017 West Oakland fire.

Friday Nights @ OMCA is one of Oakland's favorite things to do and the only after-hours museum night paired with Off the Grid food trucks, bringing you the best of local cuisine along with music, dance, and the whole Museum open late. Enjoy half-price admission, hands-on activities for kids, and a lineup of live music and dance from local performers that changes weekly. Bring friends and family for a taste of local music, food, and culture at the Oakland Museum of California every Friday Night!

Late Night Gallery Hours
5–9 pm: Galleries Open Late
Admission is half-off for adults with an additional $4 charge for special exhibitions. Ages 18 and under are always free during Friday Nights @ OMCA.

What's on view?
Nature’s Gift: Humans, Friends & the Unknown on the 2nd level.
Question Bridge: Black Males on the 3rd level.
Metamorphosis & Migration: Days of the Dead on the 3rd level.
Gallery of California Natural Sciences on the 1st level.
Gallery of California History on the 2nd level.
Gallery of California Art on the 3rd level.

7:30–7:45 pm: Snack-Sized Docent Tour
Visit Ticketing Desk on 2nd level to discover meeting location
A fifteen-minute mini-tour led by a talented OMCA Docent with a surprise theme each time. Included with Museum admission.

Music, Dance, and Performances
5–6:30 pm: Resident DJ
10th Street Amphitheater
Bay Area's own DJ Juan Data spinning world music hits.

6:45–7:15 pm: Dance Instruction
10th Street Amphitheater
Ethiopian fusion dance showcase with Tsedi.

7:15–9 pm: Music — Meklit
10th Street Amphitheater
Ethio-jazz from Meklit, an Ethio-American singer, composer, and TED Senior Fellow based in Oakland, CA. Her TED Talk, The Unexpected Beauty of Everyday Sounds, has been watched by more than 1.2 million people. She has received musical commissions from Lincoln Center and the MAP Fund and has toured extensively across the US, UK, and East Africa.

Family Activities
5–8 pm: Family-Friendly Drop-In Activity
California Room
Create your own winter holidays card to celebrate the diverse winter traditions of Bay Area families.

Local Food and Drink
5–9 pm: Off the Grid Food Trucks
10th Street
Enjoy a rotating lineup of local gourmet food trucks from Off the Grid.

5–9 pm: Cash Bar and Lounge inside Nature’s Gift
Great Hall, 2nd level
A new way to do Friday Nights @ OMCA! Enjoy libations in the comfy lounge area inside the immersive exhibition Nature’s Gift: Humans, Friends & the Unknown. Access included with special exhibition admission.

5–9 pm: Blue Oak Beer Garden
Blue Oak Beer Garden (near Koi Pond)
Enjoy beer and wine specials from local makers.

Kick back and relax with seating available on 10th Street (no alcoholic beverages allowed), the 10th Street Amphitheater, Oak Street Plaza, café patio, or the OMCA Gardens. To protect the Museum collections, food and drink are not allowed inside the galleries unless otherwise designated.

Save your spot!
Reserve a picnic table for your group during Friday Nights @ OMCA or book a Friday Night lounge through Event Services.

Shop Bay Area Artists and More
11 am–9 pm: OMCA Member Sale
2nd Level, OMCA Store
Stop by the OMCA Store to double your Member discount during Friday Nights @ OMCA! Discover great California-themed gifts by local artisans, our broad book selection, find exhibition-themed favorites, and more. The OMCA Member Sale continues through Sunday, December 3. Learn more at

5–9 pm: Pop-Up Store inside Nature’s Gift
Great Hall, 2nd level
Enhance your in-gallery experience with exhibition-themed gifts, games, and light-up swag. Access included with special exhibition admission.

5–9 pm: Marketplace @ OMCA
Redwood Burl Area
Explore our weekly rotating market featuring local Bay Area artists, jewelers, and craftspeople.

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.

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