Past Event

Friday Nights at OMCA


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

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.

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

6:30–7 pm: Dance Instruction
10th Street Amphitheater
Salsa dance showcase with Nick and Serena of Salsa Vale Todo.

7–9 pm: Music — Vission Latina
10th Street Amphitheater
Salsa music from Vission Latina.

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
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: Holiday Artisan Marketplace @ OMCA
Redwood Burl Area
Explore an expanded Marketplace @ OMCA featuring local Bay Area artists, jewelers, and craftspeople, and henna tattoo

5–9 pm: OMCA Store
2nd level
Discover great California-themed gifts by local artisans, shop our broad book selection, find exhibition-themed favorites, and more.

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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