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

Every Friday
Friday, September 29, 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.

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)
  • 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

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

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

Friday, September 29, 2023

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11:00 am   “Pay-What-You-Can” Taco Day at SF’s Tato (Every Friday)  FREE*
*Every Friday pay anywhere from $0 up to $10. When a customer pays the full price of $10, TATO will give a free meal to someone in need in The City. Please note promotion might end at any time
1:00 pm   2023 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass (Sept. 29 – Oct. 1) in Golden Gate Park  FREE
2:00 pm   “Pier Party” at SF’s Fisherman’s Wharf: Free Summer Concert Series (July 14 – Sept. 30)  FREE
4:00 pm   Pets Lifeline Adoption Fair (Sonoma)  FREE*
*The Adoption Fair is free to attend and family friendly. Special rates for adoptions are offered during the Adoption Fair: $75/dogs and $50/kittens.
5:00 pm   “Refusés of the Bay” Group Exhibition Opening Reception (SF)  FREE
5:00 pm   “Alameda Point” Filipino Night Market  FREE
5:00 pm   Merylthon: SF’s 3-Day “Meryl Streep” Film Marathon (Sept. 29 – Oct. 1)  $30*
*Double-Feature Screening (2 Films): $ 30.00, Weekend Pass (All 8 Films): $ 120.00
5:00 pm   $1 Drink Fridays: “Battle of the Decades” DJ Party (North Beach)  FREE*
*Free admission with RSVP on Eventbrite
5:00 pm   2023 Mid-Autumn Moon Festival: “Off the Grid” Fort Mason Night Market  FREE*
*Free to attend, but food/drink for purchase
5:00 pm   “Planktoberfest” German Festival at Jack London Square (Oakland)  FREE
5:30 pm   Redwood City’s St. Pius Festival “Fiesta” (Sept. 29-Oct. 1)  FREE*
*Free Entry | Free Parking | Free Entertainment
6:00 pm   7th Annual “Scumdance” Film Festival in SF (Sept. 29-30)  $12*
*$3 off each ticket when you use the code earlybird14 at checkout. Offer ends September 24. Promo Codes are not applicable at the door. Codes are not case sensitive, but must be typed as one word.
6:00 pm   SF’s Free Fall 2023 Outdoor Film Fest at Proxy (Sept. 29-Oct. 27)  FREE*
*all events are free and open to the public - come as you are and bring you'r friends! food and beverages will be available onsite for purchase
6:00 pm   Pitch-it Up Workshop (Palo Alto)  FREE*
*RSVP registration is required
6:00 pm   SF’s Chinatown Lantern Block Party 2023  FREE*
*Free to participate in activities, food purchased separately.
6:30 pm   Soups in the Sukkah (Petaluma)  FREE
6:30 pm   OnSean Zion: A Soulful Celebration at Tenderloin Museum (SF)  FREE*
*$10 suggested donation
6:55 pm   SF’s Free Outdoor Movie Night “Legally Blonde” (Ferry Building)  FREE
7:00 pm   Laugh GPT: SF’s First AI-Powered Stand-up Comedy Show (2023)  FREE*
*Use secret code HUMAN for comp tickets, otherwise, $10 off with secret code FUNCHEAP
7:00 pm   So Stoked Cyber Storm at DNA Lounge (SF)  $15*
*$15 limited advance; $20 after; $25 < 9pm; $30 after.
7:00 pm   San Jose’s 2023 “Bernal Scream” Haunted House (Sept. 29 – Oct. 31)  $25*
*Kids 5 and under are free / Military discount / Senior discount
7:00 pm   “Crazy Funny Asians” Friday Night Comedy Show (SF)  FREE*
*Free tickets, but RSVP Required. Donations ($5-$10) greatly appreciated.
7:00 pm   FREE: Oakland’s HellaSecret Comedy & Cocktails (2023)  FREE*
*Limited free tickets with code FUNCHEAP (donations appreciated). Otherwise use code FUNCHEAP5 for $5 off early bird and general admission tickets
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*$125 but Free for first 10 who sign up using this link https://www.eventbrite.com/e/5th-annual-sf-pride-golf-award-reception-registration-717409439947?discount=P41D3G0LF
7:00 pm   SF’s Summer Beer & Comedy Festival 2023 (Speakeasy Brewery)  FREE*
*Free with secret code FUNCHEAPGUEST. Normally $5-15.
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*Free with RSVP (21+ with Valid ID) - One item minimum purchase per person required
8:30 pm   Hardly Strictly Bluegrass After Party “Bluegrass Night” with Sequoia Rose, Solid Gold Stranger  $5*
*$10-$15 sliding scale - All Funcheap readers get into the show for "two for $10". So bring a friend!
9:00 pm   12th Anniversary Free Silent Disco (SF)  FREE
9:00 pm   SF’s Floating Movie Theater “Cinema on The Bay” + 2-Hour Twilight Cruise (Sept. 29 – Oct 28)  $50*
*Includes a Bay Cruise and a Movie
9:00 pm   Portola Pre Party (Disco House Event)  FREE*
*Free before 10pm with RSVP or FREE all night w/ Portola festival ticket
9:00 pm   Hardly Strictly After Party w/ River Spell, Foolish Airline & Austin Waz (Analog Dog)  $15
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