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

Every Friday
Friday, April 7, 2023 - 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Most outdoor activities and entertainment is free and open to the public from 5-9pm. Ages 12 and under are free. Admission for members is always free.

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

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“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)
  • Get Driving Directions

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

March 17 – Friday Nights At OMCA With Off The Grid Featuring VâN-áNh Vanessa Võ & Ensemble (Live Music); Dj Lady Fingaz

Free – 5-9pm

Join us at OMCA as Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ & her musical ensemble present Mekong: LIFE Work-In-Progress Concert in the James Moore Theater.

Program Schedule:

  • 5–8 pm – Off the Grid Service
  • 6–7:30 pm – Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ & musical ensemble present Mekong: LIFE Work-In-Progress Concert (James Moore Theater)
  • 6–8 pm Music by DJ Lady Fingaz (Amphitheater)

A modern interpretation of a traditional myth, Mekong: LIFE explores the push and pull between human and natural life and what the future holds for the next generation using traditional instruments from Southeast Asia, graphic global warming data, electronic music, live-media, and a Cambodian myth about natural cycles.

Enjoy music by DJ Lady Fingaz from 6 to 8 pm.

March 24 – Friday Nights At OMCA With Off The Grid Featuring Alexandra The Author (Live Music); Dj Durt

Free – 5-9pm

Join us for a healing music performance by Alexandra the Author in the Amphitheater.

Program Schedule:

  • 5–8 pm – Off the Grid Service
  • 6–7 pm – Live music performance by Alexandra the Author (Amphitheater)
  • 7– 9 pm – Music by DJ Durt (Amphitheater)

Enjoy an experience of sound vibrations and classical storytelling by Alexandra the Author at OMCA. Alexandra uses her love of the arts, awareness of healing, mental health, passion for sound singing and her fire for human rights to pursue her line of work. Her music purposely emotes soothing vibes and power. From finger snaps to piano taps, this artist mixes together soul, R&B, folk, classical piano and hip hop for a healing musical experience.

Following their performance, enjoy music by DJ Durt 7 to 9 pm.

March 31 – Friday Nights At OMCA With Off The Grid | We Are One: A Conversation On Fem Gender Identity; A.B.L.U.N.T. Collective Dj Sessions

Free – 5-9pm

Close out Women’s History Month with a conversation on fem gender identity and a DJ lineup curated by the A.B.L.U.N.T Collective at OMCA.

Program Schedule:

  • 5–8 pm – Off the Grid Service
  • 5–5:50 pm – DJ BLACK (Amphitheater)
  • 5:50–6 pm – Performance by Flavia (Amphitheater)
  • 6–6:45 pm – DJ Fiera (Amphitheater)
  • 7–7:05 pm – Opening poem by Vision (James Moore Theater)
  • 7:05–7:55 pm – We Are One Panel Conversation begins (James Moore Theater)
  • 7:55–8 pm – Closing poem by Vision (James Moore Theater)
  • 7–8:50 pm – DJ Kingboo B2B Madre Gui (Amphitheater)

Join us at OMCA to learn from the experiences of women and the projects they invest their energy in. Starting at 5 pm, commune with the panelists in discussion about how women’s efforts uplift other women in their communities and beyond, weaving new patterns to new futures to access resources for all women to empower us in this life.

“We, in our communities, continue to demand equity and safety from the violence of capitalism, white supremacy and patriarchy and when we are not heard, we come together to create our own tapestries of safety.”

Panelists: Shanette, Amelian, Jade, Women’s Freedom Center and Alita (moderator).

Enjoy music by a DJ lineup curated by the A.B.L.U.N.T Collective throughout the night from 5 to 9 pm.

>Updated 2/17/2023 – Event info last checked via museumca.org

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: FREE*
*Most outdoor activities and entertainment is free and open to the public from 5-9pm. Ages 12 and under are free. Admission for members is always free.
Categories: *Top Pick*, Art & Museums, Club / DJ, Eating & Drinking, In Person, Kids & Families, Lectures & Workshops, Outdoors
Address: 1000 Oak Street Oakland, CA 94607

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