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Friday Nights at OMCA: Persian New Year & Night Market | Oakland

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Friday, March 22, 2019 - 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Most outdoor activities and entertainment is free and open to the public from 5-9pm. Ages 18 and under are free. Admission for members is always free.

Oakland Museum of California | 1000 Oak Street Oakland, CA 94607


Friday Nights at OMCA: Night Market, DJs & Off the Grid | Oakland

Get your Oakland groove on at Friday Nights @ OMCA – a weekly free outdoor experience with food trucks and music.

This is a great community gathering that is most vibrant during March-November when the garden and terraces are open as well as during certain weeks in the summer that turn into a massive block party. Check Facebook and their website for updates as most activities are seasonal.

Friday Nights at OMCA
Every Friday from 5-9 pm (Museum open until 10 pm)
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St., Oakland
FREE (for food truck access and seasonal outdoor activities)

  • Please note, fees for the the special exhibitions still apply). Ages 18 & under are free
  • Marketplace @ OMCA: Local makers selling handcrafted works and art
  • Music, DJs, acoustic sets, and dance lessons (Seasonal)
  • A rotating list of Off The Grid food trucks and featured artists
  • Family fun at Friday Nights: Every Friday night, from 5 to 8 pm, features free hands-on art workshops for all ages, and select Fridays feature storytime with the Oakland Public Library from 6 to 6:30 pm

How to get here: OMCA is located one block from the Lake Merritt BART Station.

Parking: Free street parking of often available. Event parking is available at the Museum Garage, with a $7 flat fee starting at 5 pm. The Museum garage closes at 10:30 pm. Directions.

Garden Access: OMCA’s garden and terraces are open and free to visitors during Friday Nights @ OMCA from March through November, with the exception of dates when the garden is rented for private events.

Updated 3/20/19 – Event info last checked via website

Honor the traditions of Nowruz—the Persian New Year—on March 24, marking the transition into spring as the days begin to get longer.

Welcome the start of spring with a special edition of Friday Nights at OMCA celebrating Nowruz—the Persian New Year–with a festive Persian dance demonstration, a calligraphy demo, and a traditional paper egg decorating workshop–something for every generation in your family. Nowruz, which means “new day” in English, is a time of peace and solidarity between generations and neighborliness and friendship among people.

Friday Nights at OMCA is one of Oakland’s favorite things to do. Join in for the best of local food truck cuisine along with music, dance, and children’s art activities–plus, the entire museum stays open after hours just for you.

View the full evening’s schedule.

What’s on view? 

Level 1
Take Root: Oakland Grows Food
Gallery of California Natural Sciences

Level 2
Black Power
Gallery of California History

Level 3
Mildred Howard’s TAP: Investigation of Memory
Gallery of California Art


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Cost: FREE*
*Most outdoor activities and entertainment is free and open to the public from 5-9pm. Ages 18 and under are free. Admission for members is always free.
Categories: *Top Pick*, Art & Museums, Club / DJ, Eating & Drinking, Kids & Families, Lectures & Workshops
Address: 1000 Oak Street Oakland, CA 94607

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