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

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Friday, April 7, 2017 - 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm | Cost: $7.50*
*Half-price gallery admission for adults; ages 18 and under are free. Admission for members is always free.

OMCA (Oakland Museum of California) | 1000 Oak Street Oakland, CA 94607

Event Details

“Friday Nights at OMCA with Off the Grid” Block Party + DJs (Oakland)

Reconnect with family, friends, and community at OMCA every Friday night – a weekly free outdoor experience with food trucks and music.

August 2023 Special Events50 Years of Hip Hop- A Cultural Celebration in California every Friday night in August.

These free events provide a gathering place to come together each week, including live music, hands-on activities, Off the Grid food trucks, and the newly-launched Town Fare Sundeck, featuring an outdoor bar and select bar bites from the cafe menu or bring a blanket and lounge in our garden, now open with direct access to Lake Merritt.

This is a great community gathering with access to the gardens and terraces that help turn this event into big block party. Check their website for updates and special events.

Friday Nights at OMCA with Off the Grid

Every Friday, 5-9 pm
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St., Oakland
FREE (for food truck access and outdoor activities)

Optional late-night museum admission for purchase

How To Get There

  • BART: OMCA is at the corner of Oak and 10th Street and is located one block from the Lake Merritt BART Station.
  • AC Transit: OMCA is accessible by a number of AC Transit bus lines. OMCA is at the corner of Oak and 10th Street. An accessibility ramp is located at the main entrance on Oak Street between 10th and 11th. For more information, visit actransit.org.
  • Free Bike Parking: Free, on-street bike parking is available outside the Oak Street entrance to the Museum. Limited free covered bike parking is available in the OMCA Garage during garage hours, and on Oak Street Plaza, which is on the third level of the Museum, during Museum hours
  • Street Parking: Free street parking of often available.
  • Garage Parking: Event parking is available at the Museum Garage, with a $10 flat fee starting at 5 pm. The Museum garage closes at 9:30 pm (Thu-Sun)
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Off The Grid Mobile Food Creator Lineup

Curveball Sliders, Cool!naria, Caribbean Spices, Southern Comfort Kitchen, Curry Up Now, Golden Gate Gyro, Momolicious, 3-3-3 Truck, WoKitchen, Kabob Trolley, Senor Sisig, Humphry Slocombe, and more. For all of the details, visit Off the Grid

Special Events

Friday Nights at OMCA in August 2023
50 Years of Hip Hop- A Cultural Celebration in California

For the month of August, all four Friday Nights at OMCA honor, celebrate, and explore the 50th anniversary of Hip Hop culture and are curated by international Hip Hop artist Jahi, who has lived  in Oakland for the last 23 years. This marks the  first time  OMCA will have a practitioner of Hip Hop culture curating its Friday Nights lineup. Each program takes a deep dive into the many facets, history, relevance, and joy of Hip Hop culture, right at home in Oakland! In addition to this special, celebratory programming, there will be plenty of signature Friday Nights features, including two streets packed with Off-the-Grid Food Trucks and the OMCA campus alive with music, dancing, OMCA’s award-winning galleries of art, history, and science and more!

Friday Nights at OMCA invites everyone to reconnect with family, friends, and community every week during Friday Nights at OMCA. These free events provide a gathering place each week, including live music, hands-on activities, and late-night access to our galleries, and special exhibitions with a Museum ticket. OMCA expands its Friday Nights programming to include Oak Street Plaza, with a chill, acoustic, and up-close vibe. Also expanding due to popular demand, Off the Grid Food Trucks are featured on both 10th Street and Oak Street, adding more trucks and cuisines to tempt and satisfy.

Friday, August 4, 5—9 pm
The Roots of Hip Hop Culture
Jahi, international Hip Hop artist and DJ
Let’s Lab with The Reef!
If Cities Could Dance film screenings
Diamano Coura drum circle

Friday, August 11, 5-9 pm
A Celebration of Hip Hop Culture
Jahi, international Hip Hop artist and DJ
Cameron “Cam-Man” Carraway
Telice Summerfield Turf Dance class

Friday, August 18, 5-9 pm
Hip Hop Meets Jazz
International Hip Hop artist and DJ Jahi
Aimee Rose, TropiCali Dancehall artist and instructor
If Cities Could Dance film screenings
Destiny Muhammad, Harpist & Friends

Friday, August 25, 5-9 pm
Beatmakers and Aerosol Artists Unite
International Hip Hop Artist Jahi
Let’s Lab with Afterthought

5–10 pm: Half-off gallery admission for adults, free for ages 18 and under
5–10 pm: All Museum galleries open late
5–10 pm: Gourmet food trucks from Off the Grid featuring the best in local cuisine: get the weekly list here
5–9:45 pm: OMCA Store open with great artisan California-themed gifts, apparel, books, toys, and more
5–9:30 pm: Local beer and wine specials in the Blue Oak beer garden
5–9 pm: Gardens open for family fun
5–9 pm: Marketplace @ OMCA, featuring CCA Made, with work by current students and alumni of California College of the Arts in Redwood Burl area
5–9 pm: Celebrate the Summer of Love with political poster making in the Learning Center
5–6:30 pm: DJ NewLife spinning hits in the 10th Street Amphitheater
5–8 pm: Family-friendly drop-in activity: make a Save the Bees button, inspired by special exhibition, Bees: Tiny Insect, Big Impact
6:30–7 pm: Dance instruction by Lauren Benjamin in the 10th Street Amphitheater
6:30–8:30 pm: Acoustic performers The Finnegan/ Crocker Experience celebrating the sounds of Summer of Love in Oak Street Plaza
7–9 pm: Live band Funk Revival Orchestra playing in the 10th Street Amphitheater
7:30–7:45 pm: A Snack Size Docent Tour, a fifteen-minute mini-tour led by a talented OMCA Docent to introduce you to one of the Galleries. Discover the surprise theme and meeting location of the night at the ticketing desk.

Disclaimer: Please double check event information with the event organizer as events can be canceled, details can change after they are added to our calendar, and errors do occur.


Cost: $7.50*
*Half-price gallery admission for adults; ages 18 and under are free. Admission for members is always free.
Categories: Art & Museums, Club / DJ, Eating & Drinking, Kids & Families, Lectures & Workshops
Address: 1000 Oak Street Oakland, CA 94607