There is so much to love about Friday nights at the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA). And if you happen to visit on the first Friday of the month, it will be even more entertaining, as the Oakland Art Murmur is happening downtown. The energy and vibe of Friday nights at OMCA is positive, uplifting, and just a feel good time. What makes it as such? Keep on reading to find out.
- Off the Grid: Plan on grabbing dinner during your visit, as plenty of local food trucks will be on-site to participate in Oakland’s Off the Grid event. You will find a wide assortment of options, such as fried chicken and waffles, handmade dumplings, vegan donuts, stone fired pizza, street tacos, and so much more. Our favorite trucks include The Waffle Roost, Sanguchon Peruvian, and Tonli Dumpling House.
- Music: There is always music blasting, and typically from a local group of musicians. The concrete patio in front of the stage becomes a dance floor where no one is turned away. B Ioves to get out and shake it! Additional musicians are sometimes found on the top floor near the floor to ceiling chalkboard (a big draw for the kiddos!)
- Free crafts for kids. The location rotates, but OMCA tends to offer crafts of some kind – whether it be coloring, making bracelets, or something new – every Friday night.
- Half price museum admission, holla! And the museum is well worth your time and money (a minimal $7.50.) You’ll find three floors dedicated to local art, science, and history. A rotating exhibit is additionally available.
- The outdoor courtyard and sculpture garden are delightful. Lounge on the grass with other families while your kids laugh and frolic around you. Enjoy scenic views of Oakland while admiring the sculptures along your walk through the winding gardens.
- Accessible parking. It does fill up from time to time, so come early for $5 parking in the museum’s underground parking garage. Running a little behind? No problem, you can typically find street parking if need be. Also, check out the free shuttle service to downtown Oakland.
- THE PEOPLE! It’s a great mixture of humans from all walks of life. I love how eclectic the crowd is. As our country, and the world, should be.
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St, Oakland, CA – http://museumca.org