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Friday Nights at OMCA

Friday Nights at OMCA


Reconnect with family, friends, and community every week during Friday Nights at OMCA. These free, family-friendly events provide a gathering place each week, including live music, hands-on activities, Off the Grid (OTG) food trucks, and the newly-launched Town Fare Sundeck, featuring an outdoor bar and select bar bites from the cafe menu. Take advantage of late-night access to our galleries and special exhibitions with a Museum ticket, or bring a blanket and lounge in our garden, now open with direct access to Lake Merritt.

Friday, February 3, 5—9 pm
West Oakland Mural Project; DJ Monk Earl

Join us and the West Oakland Mural Project for a live community mural painting project at OMCA. Gather at OMCA to celebrate Black History Month and the Women of the Black Panther Party through communal art. Led by the West Oakland Mural Project (WOMP), join us for a live community mural painting project starting at 5:30 pm. Supplies will be provided - all you need to do is show up! Enjoy this activity, plus stick around for talks with the founder and curator of WOMP, Jilchistina Vest, and Rachel Wolfe-Goldsmith,
the artist behind the “Women of the Black Panther Party” mural located in West Oakland.

DJ Monk Earl will be playing in the Amphitheater from 5 to 7 pm.

Friday, February 10, 5—9 pm
Destiny Muhammad Jazz Trio

Don’t miss an exciting musical evening by the Destiny Muhammad Jazz Trio starting at 6:30 pm in the James Moore Theater. Bringing together the harp and jazz, Muhammad and her Courageous Comrades will present a
sonic experience that honors the legacy of Alice Coltrane and Dorothy Ashby through reimagined renditions, as well as original works by the trio. Enjoy music by DJ Juan G from 5 to 7 pm in the Amphitheater.

Friday, February 17, 5—9 pm
Black History Month Dance Battle; DJ Ietef

Join us for a Black History Month Dance Battle in OMCA’s Amphitheater. Hosted by Oakland TURF dancer and community organizer Telice Summerfield, this event will feature four main event 1-on-1 exhibition battles, plus an all-women “7toSmoke” tournament in which 7 dancers will all compete against each other. The first dancer with 7 wins the tournament!

Following their performance, enjoy music by DJ Ietef from 7 to 9 pm.

Friday, February 24, 5—9 pm
Destiny Arts Center dance performance; Gallery Pop-Up Talks; DJ Black and MC Aïma the Dreamer

Join us on the dance floor and for a dance performance by Destiny Arts Center starting at 6 pm. Dancers will offer a short performance followed by a community dance class for visitors to join. In celebration of Black History Month, join OMCA’s Associate Curator of History, Dania Jordan, for a pop-up talk and walkthrough of the Gallery of California History. Learn about how Black Americans have shaped California’s culture, and how they have created and claimed space in California, despite continued threats of displacement and erasure.

Following their performance, enjoy music by DJ Black and MC Aïma the Dreamer from 7 to 9 pm.

Event Info

  • Dates: February 3, 2023 - February 24, 2023
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Friday
  • Location: Oakland Museum of California
  • Address: 1000 Oak St., Oakland, CA 94607
  • Time: 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
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