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

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Friday, October 3, 2014 - 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm | Cost: $7.50*
*Half-price gallery admission for adults; ages 18 and under are free. Admission for members is always free. There's a cash bar; prices vary for Off the Grid food trucks.

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 5/31/19 – Event info last checked via website

What to expect on October 3:

  • 5–9 pm: Half-off gallery admission for adults, free for ages 18 and under
  • 5–9 pm: Local beer and wine specials in the Blue Oak beer garden
  • 5–9 pm: All Museum galleries open late
  • 5–9 pm: Gourmet food trucks from Off the Grid featuring the best in local cuisine
  • 5–6:30 pm: October resident DJ Mpenzi spinning hits in the 10th Street Amphitheater
  • 5–8 pm: Family-friendly drop-in activity: paper marigold-making, in honor of the upcoming exhibition Songs and Sorrows: Días de los Muertos 20th Anniversary
  • 5–9 pm: Community altar spotlight featuring the YMCA of the East Bay in honor of the upcoming exhibition Songs and Sorrows: Días de los Muertos 20th Anniversary
  • 6–8 pm: Makers & Tasters series featuring members of the Días de los Muertos Volunteer Committee leading a workshop on how to create your own altar
  • 6:30–7 pm: Spoken Word by Caitlyn Clark in the 10th Street Amphitheater
  • 7–9 pm: Live band Beaufunk with Michael Jeffries playing a marriage of New Orleans and Oakland funk music 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 one of the Galleries—you won’t know which until the tour begins.

Event Details


Cost: $7.50*
*Half-price gallery admission for adults; ages 18 and under are free. Admission for members is always free. There's a 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

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