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Friday Nights at OMCA: Hella Big 50th Birthday Party

Friday Nights at OMCA: Hella Big 50th Birthday Party

  • 1000 Oak St., Oakland, CA 94607
  • Neighborhood: Lake Merritt


Cheers to 50 years! On this day 50 years ago, the Oakland Museum of California was established as the "Museum of the People." We’ve been learning, reflecting, creating, dancing, and bringing people together ever since. Don’t miss this very special birthday bash edition of Friday Nights at OMCA. Celebrate with us as we ring in our 50th birthday in style.

Galleries Open Late
5:00pm–10:00pm: Explore the Museum’s 110,000 square feet of gallery space until 9 pm, including exhibitions and activities for the whole family.

Music, Dance, and Performances
5–6:30 pm: Resident DJ
10th Street Amphitheater

6–8 pm: Music 
Oak Street Plaza
Kai Lyons


6:30–7 pm: Dance Instruction
10th Street Amphitheater
Performance and workshop with Destiny Arts Company


Live Poetry Performance
10th Street Amphitheater
Performance by members of Oakland Youth Poet Laureate Program in partnership with Oakland Public Library


7–9 pm: Music
10th Street Amphitheater
Kev Choice Ensemble with special guests performing Hip-Hop, soul, jazz, R&B, fusion, funk, classical, alternative, and SoulTrap.

Family Activities
5–8 pm: Birthday Card Making
California Room
Help us celebrate our 50th birthday by making your own colorful birthday card. Share your card with us or create a personalized greeting card for that special someone.

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.

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 pmOMCA Store
Level 2
Discover great California-themed gifts by local artisans, our broad book selection, find exhibition-themed favorites, and more. 

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