Friday Nights @ OMCA

Every Friday night, 5–9 pm
Half-price gallery admission for adults. Ages 18 and under are free!
Cash bar. Prices vary for Off the Grid food trucks.

Get your Oakland groove on at Friday Nights @ OMCA with Off the Grid food trucks, music, and more! Join OMCA every Friday for a family-friendly take on a festive night market, with the best in Bay Area curbside cuisine from gourmet food trucks, local beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages at the Blue Oak beer garden, live music, and dance lessons. Get creative at family-friendly drop-in workshops, learn from local foodies in the Makers & Tasters Series, and enjoy special guest performers and events. Enjoy unique programs, including:

  • Makers & Tasters Series with local beer brewers, coffee roasters, organic farmers, and authors hosting talks, demos, and tastings on the first and last Friday of the month, from 6 to 8 pm. The Makers & Tasters Series will feature local vendors from Whole Foods Market the last Friday of each month!
  • Live music, DJs, and family-friendly dance lessons where you can shake it up with dances based on the weekly music themes.
  • Family fun at Friday Nights: every Friday night, from 5 to 8 pm, features a free hands-on art workshop for all ages, and select Fridays feature storytime with the Oakland Public Library from 6 to 6:30 pm.
  • A rotating list of food trucks, music themes, and featured artists. Check the weekly event listings on the right to find out more; like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for up-to-the-minute event updates!

Call for Artists: Artists interested in selling artwork at Friday Nights @ OMCA should fill out our Artist Interest Form

How to get here: OMCA is located one block from the Lake Merritt BART Station.

Parking: Event parking is available at the Museum Garage, with a $5 flat fee starting at 5 pm. The Museum garage closes at 10 pm. More information is available on our Directions page.

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.  More information on garden access.

Presented in partnership with Off the Grid: Lake Merritt @ OMCA.  Friday Nights @ OMCA is made possible in part by generous support from Bank of America and the Koret Foundation. Friday Nights @ OMCA art programs are made possible by generous support from the Walter and Elise Haas Fund. Media support provided by East Bay Express. Makers & Tasters Series sponsored by Whole Foods Market on final Fridays in 2015.

Off the Grid   Bank of America