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“Winter Fest” Block Party at OMCA | Oakland

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Friday, December 13, 2019 - 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 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 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 1/20/2020 – Event info last checked via website

Celebrate diverse winter traditions reflected in the Bay Area, including Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. Enjoy storytime with the Oakland Public Library, winter-themed activities, and more. Create a candle to take home as they wrap up the final Friday Nights at OMCA for 2019.

Music, Dance, and Performances

5–6:30 pm: Resident DJ
10th Street Amphitheater
DJ Ren the Vinyl Archaeologist

6–8 pm: Strolling Carolers
All three levels
Piccola Carolers

6:30–7 pm: Art Workshop
10th Street Amphitheater
Floral art with local flower artists Patricia Gillespie and Ingrid Shoemaker

7–8 pm: Music & Dance
10th Street Amphitheater
Balinese music and dance with Gamelan Sekar Jaya

8–9 pm: Resident DJ
10th Street Amphitheater
DJ Ren the Vinyl Archaeologist

Family Activities

5–8 pm: Create a Winter Candle
California Room
Create your own holiday candle and a candle holder to celebrate the diverse winter traditions of Bay Area families.

5–8 pm: Hanukkah Activity with Ruth Levitch 
California Room

5–8 pm: Mexican Christmas traditions with Karina Sanchez & Sylvia Frates
Level 1 Hallway
Learn about Mexican Christmas traditions in this engaging talk and demonstration.

6–6:30 pm: OMCA Family Storytime with the Oakland Public Library
Lecture Hall
Join the Oakland Public Library for family-friendly storytime with stories, songs, and rhymes.

Local Food and Drink

5–9 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 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 the weekly rotating market featuring local Bay Area artists, jewelers, and craftspeople.

5–9 pmOMCA 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: *Top Pick*, Art & Museums, Club / DJ, Eating & Drinking, Kids & Families, Lectures & Workshops
Address: 1000 Oak Street Oakland, CA 94607

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