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Friday Nights at OMCA: Halloween Festive Dance Party & Live Music | Oakland

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Friday, October 25, 2019 - 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Most outdoor activities and entertainment is free and open to the public from 5-9pm. Ages 18 and under are free. Admission for members is always free.

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 big block party. Check Facebook and their website for updates as most activities are seasonal.

Friday Nights at OMCA
Most Fridays
– 5-9 pm during Winter (typically Nov-Mar)
– 5-10 pm during Spring/Summer/Fall (typically Apr-Oct)
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St., Oakland
FREE (for food truck access and seasonal outdoor activities) – Optional Museum admission for purchase

– Always check the schedule first for updates/cancellations

  • Please note, fees for special exhibitions still apply. Ages 8 & 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 1/20/2020 – Event info last checked via website

Get ready for Halloween, OMCA-styl. Don your favorite costume and practice your best moves for a festive dance party. Get crafty with hands-on activities for kids and enjoy a lineup of live music and dance from local performers that changes weekly.

Bring friends and family for a taste of local music, food, and culture at the Oakland Museum of California every Friday Night.

Late Night Gallery Hours
-5–10 pm: Galleries Open Late
Explore the Museum’s 110,000 square feet of gallery space until 10 pm, including exhibitions and activities for the whole family.

What’s on view?

Level 1
Take Root: Oakland Grows Food
Gallery of California Natural Sciences

Level 2
New! No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man
Great Hall

Black Power
U.S. Immigration: Who Is Let In, Who Is Kept Out?
Gallery of California History

Level 3
New! ¡El Movimiento Vivo! Chicano Roots of El Día de los Muertos
Question Bridge: Black Males
Gallery of California Art

-7:30–7:45 pm: Snack-Sized Docent Tour
Visit the Ticketing Desk on Level 2 to discover the meeting location.
Join a lively fifteen-minute mini-tour led by a talented OMCA Docent with a surprise theme each time. Included with Museum admission.

Music, Dance, and Performances
-5–6:30 pm: Resident DJ
10th Street Amphitheater
Reggae with DJ Irie Dole of Jah Warrior Shelter Hi-Fi

-6–8 pm: Music
Oak Street Plaza
Caroline Chung

-6:30–7 pm: Dance Instruction
10th Street Amphitheater
Diaspora dance with Alicia Langlais

-7–9 pm: Music
10th Street Amphitheater
Reggae with Bayonics

Family Activities
-5–8 pm: Create a Nicho for Día de los Muertos
California Room
Create your own nicho, a commemorative object traditionally used as a shrine dedicated to an important figure or loved one in celebration of Día de los Muertos. Don’t forget to visit ¡El Movimiento Vivo! Chicano Roots of El Día de los Muertos to learn more.

-6–8 pm: Family Reading Time with the Oakland Public Library
California Room/Level 1 Lobby
Explore a selection of favorite books—provided by the OPL’s bike-powered book-mobile—then curl up and read together.

-6–6:30 pm: OMCA Family Storytime with the Oakland Public Library
Learning Center – Level 1
Join our friends at the Oakland Public Library for family-friendly storytime with stories, songs, and rhymes.

Local Food and Drink
-5–10 pm: Off the Grid Food Trucks
10th Street
Enjoy a rotating lineup of local gourmet food trucks from Off the Grid.
Check out the weekly list on the Off the Grid website.

-5–9:30 pm: Blue Oak Beer Garden
Level 1
Enjoy beer and wine specials from local makers.

Kick back and relax with seating available on 10th Street, the 10th Street Amphitheater, Oak Street Plaza, the OMCA Gardens or café patio.

Save your spot
Reserve a picnic table for your group during Friday Nights at OMCA or book a Friday Night lounge.

Shop Bay Area Artists and More
-5–9 pm: Marketplace at OMCA
Level 1 Lobby
Explore our weekly rotating market featuring local Bay Area artists, jewelers, and craftspeople.

-5–9:45 pm: OMCA Store
Level 2
Discover great California-themed gifts by local artisans, our broad book selection, find exhibition-themed favorites, and more.

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.


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Cost: FREE*
*Most outdoor activities and entertainment is free and open to the public from 5-9pm. 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

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