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

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Friday, July 26, 2013 - 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm | Cost: $6*
*Half-price gallery admission for adults, ages 18 and under are free. Admission for Members is always free. Cash bar. Prices vary for Off the Grid food trucks.

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.

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, Oct. 21, 2022 – Comrade Sisters: Women of the Black Panther Party

Celebrate the book release of Comrade Sisters: Women of the Black Panther Party by joining OMCA for a panel conversation with its authors, early Party member and leader Ericka Huggins, and photographer Stephen Shames. It’s estimated that six out of ten Panther Party members were women; Comrade Sisters is their story.

Kicking off the event in the OMCA Garden at 6:45 pm is a performance featuring Tarika Lewis, the first woman to join the Black Panther Party, as well as former members Tureeda Mikell, Val Serrant, and Tacuma King. Following this, explore the power of photography to raise awareness of social issues with Stephen Shames, and hear from Ericka Huggins and fellow former members as they share their reflections on the critical role women played in the Black Panther Party.

This Friday Night is also dedicated to our teachers. Prior to the OMCA Garden program, teachers and educators are invited to join a special conversation at 5:30 pm at Oak St. Plaza with former member and educator Ericka Huggins, and photographer Stephen Shames to explore ways to uplift students and have honest conversations about our history.

Copies of the book will be available for sale onsite, and visitors are welcome to have their copy signed following the program from 8-8:30pm. DJ Sake One will be playing in the Amphitheater from 6 to 8 pm.

Friday, Oct. 28, 2022

Get ready for heart pounding drum beats, love ballads, Indie voices, and dance! In honor of Día de los Muertos, join us in the OMCA Garden for a musical performance titled “La Muerte Vive” by Inti Batey (The Sun-Gathering), a collective of artivists from different latitudes of the Latin American diaspora, who create unique experiences with Latinx, Afro-Latin, and Indigenous-inspired musical roots, poetry and dance creations.

“La Muerte Vive” is an energetic and heart opening musical experience that commemorates Day of the Dead by honoring our beloved ones who have passed, celebrating their legacies, and reactivating our powers through healing modalities, creating a space for community joy and reflection.

Prepare for election season with My Oakland, a community advocacy and voter registration pop-up event, in the OMCA Garden hosted by the Oakland Lowdown and the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Learn critical ballot information for the upcoming November election and engage in conversations about what’s important to Oaklanders.

Enjoy music in the Amphitheater by DJ Lady Ryan from 6 to 8 pm. Make sure to stop by Oakland Public Library’s Bike Library to grab a free book, sign up for a library card, and find out about upcoming library events.

– Always check the schedule first for updates/cancellations

>Updated 10/3/2022 – Event info last checked via museumca.org

Fall 2022 Tips

Warm your heart and soul this fall by attending Friday Nights at OMCA with Off the Grid, Oakland’s beloved (and FREE) community event.

What to expect on July 26, 2013:

  • DJ Abell spinning hits from 5 to 6:30 pm
  • Family-friendly drop-in workshop doing animal printing on bandannas from 5 to 8 pm
  • Storytime for families with the Oakland Public Library from 6 to 6:30 pm
  • Makers & Tasters Series: back by popular demand, a home coffee-roasting demonstration by Sweet Maria’s from 6 to 8 pm
  • Rockin’ musical chairs in the amphitheater from 6:30 to 7 pm
  • Curator Tour of Peter Stackpole: Bridging the Bay in the Gallery of California Art from 7 to 8 pm
  • OMCA Pub Trivia with Senior Curator of Natural Sciences Douglas Long from 7 to 8:30 pm
  • Rock and roll band Hot Einstein performing live from 7 to 9 pm
  • Extended hours in the galleries and special exhibitions
  • The swanky East Bay Express lounge where you can kick back and take it all in
  • Gourmet food trucks from Off the Grid featuring the best in local cuisine
  • Local beer and wine specials in the Blue Oak beer garden

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: $6*
*Half-price gallery admission for adults, ages 18 and under are free. Admission for Members is always free. Cash bar. Prices vary for Off the Grid food trucks.
Categories: Art & Museums, Club / DJ, Eating & Drinking, Kids & Families, Lectures & Workshops
Address: 1000 Oak Street Oakland, CA 94607