Oakland Museum Of California Events And Special Programs For July And August 2018

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In the Museum of California’s Great Hall, the OMCA comes alive with movement and sound in the Hip-Hop Dojo, a practice, performance, and event space connected to the exhibition. On Saturdays and Sundays at 11 am and 1 pm, catch the new Hip-Hop 101 Tours, including Hip-Hop 101 For Families.

Museum of California, in partnership with Noise Pop and Oakhella, will host its first all- ages Park Jam on Saturday, July 21 from 12-5 pm, including a headlining performance by experimental Hip-Hop group clipping. featuring ’s own Daveed Diggs, mural workshops, and Oakhella DJs.

Museum’s 14th annual Summer Reading Celebration is back on Sunday, August 5 from 11 am-3 pm. For more details, visit http://museumca.org.

Here’s the list of upcoming Museum of California Events

FAMILY EVENTS; MUSIC EVENTS; COMMUNITY EVENTS; ART EVENTS; FOOD EVENTS

Friday Nights @ OMCA Summer Season
Every Friday, 5-10 pm


The Summer Season of Friday Nights @ OMCA means the galleries are open until 10 pm, gardens are open for picnics, live music outside, and the Off the Grid food truck market expands onto Oak Street. Enjoy half-price admission, hands-on activities for kids, and a lineup of live music and dance from local performers that changes weekly-all alongside your favorite food trucks from Off the Grid. Bring friends and family for a taste of local music, food, and culture at the Museum of California every Friday Night!


First and Third Saturdays through September 9


12-12:45 pm

First Sundays @ OMCA

10 am-6 pm

Suggested donation: $5 per person. There is an additional $4 charge for special exhibition RESPECT. No advance online tickets are available for First Sundays. Your contribution helps us provide access to other visitors in the community.

Presented in partnership with the Public Library, City of Parks and Recreation, and California Historical Society.

Friday Nights @ OMCA Block Party
Friday, July 6
5-10 pm

Flow: Hip-Hop Yoga in the Hip-Hop Dojo
Live music from MoonCandy
Family-friendly activities, including drum-making and dominoes

Bike Tours | Brooklyn Neighborhoods and Downtown
Sunday, July 15
10 am-1 pm
Explore ’s diverse and rich patchwork of neighborhoods by cycling through them with an experienced guide from OMCA. On select Sundays from June through October, OMCA Docents lead bike tours of this eclectic city. The two tours offered this Sunday are ’s historic Brooklyn neighborhood and Downtown.

Brooklyn Tour
This tour leaves the Museum and proceeds through the area just to the south of Lake Merritt. Brooklyn was formed from parts of the Clinton, Lynn, and San Antonio neighborhoods, and is named after the ship that brought the first Mormons to California to escape persecution in the United States, only to find themselves back in the United States. This area features some of the finest examples of 19th century architecture in . Discover these historic homes, churches, and other structures-as well as ’s oldest building!-built in styles such as Dutch Stepped Gable, Queen Anne, Mission Revival, Colonial Revival, and Gothic Revival.

Downtown Tour
Visit downtown locations that recall important figures from ’s history. Explore colorful characters and infamous murders. We’ll hear the story of Horace Carpentier and how he committed the most lucrative crime in ’s history! Discover architectural gems along the way. This fun adventure will cover about six flat miles over approximately two hours.

Free. Meet in front of the Museum’s Oak Street entrance at 10 am. Bring your own bikes, helmets, repair kits, and water. For more information and to make a reservation, call 510-318-8470 or [email protected].

Friday Nights @ OMCA Block Party
Friday, July 20
5-10 pm

This week’s theme is Youth Showcase. Talented local teens and young adults take over the Go Local stage, showcasing the developing voices of Bay Area Hip-Hop’s next generation.
Collaboration with TATU Vision, led by OMCA’s RESPECT Youth Advisory Council member Jada Imani. Other highlights will include:

Plug ‘n’ Play in the Hip-Hop Dojo
Dance performance and workshop with Rising Rhythm SF

OMCA Park Jam
Saturday, July 21
12-5 pm
Get ready for OMCA’s first-ever Park Jam, an outdoors special event in partnership with Noise Pop and Oakhella. Hosted by ’s own Ryan Nicole, enjoy live performances by headlining act clipping. with rapper Daveed Diggs, FR333 feat. Madlines, turntable demonstrations, Oakhella DJ’s, a graffiti-style mural workshop by Refa-1, and more! Celebrate the spirit of in our backyard. All ages welcome! Museum hours on Saturday, July 21 are 10 am-6 pm.


Sunday, August 5
11 am-3 pm

Suggested donation for general admission: $5 per person. There is an additional $4 charge for special exhibition RESPECT. No advance online tickets are available for First Sundays. Your contribution helps us provide access to other visitors in the community.

Presented in partnership with the Public Library, City of Parks and Recreation, and California Historical Society.

Friday Nights @ OMCA: Closing Happy Birthday Hip-Hop Block Party
Friday, August 10
5-10 pm

DJ Apollo, DJ Fuze, and Ren the Vinyl Archaeologist DJ sets
Flow: Hip-Hop Yoga in the Hip-Hop Dojo
Dance instruction and performance by B-Boy Connection
MC Cypher

Bike Tours | Bay Bridge and Downtown
Sunday, August 19
10 am-1 pm
Explore ’s diverse and rich patchwork of neighborhoods by cycling through them with an experienced guide from OMCA. On select Sundays from May through October, OMCA Docents lead bike tours of this eclectic city. The two tours offered on this date include the Bay Bridge Tour (meets off-site) and Downtown tour.

Bay Bridge Tour
The starting location of the Bay Bridge tour will be the Bay Trail entrance on Shellmound Street in Emeryville across from the IKEA entrance at 10 am. The tour will delve into the history of the old and new Bay Bridges with interesting stories and colorful historical personalities. The ride will be a little more challenging than usual at about nine miles with a 150-foot climb onto the bridge.

Downtown Tour
Visit downtown locations that recall important figures from ’s history. Explore colorful characters and infamous murders. We’ll hear the story of Horace Carpentier and how he committed the most lucrative crime in ’s history! Discover architectural gems along the way. This fun adventure will cover about six flat miles over approximately two hours. Meet in front of the Museum’s Oak Street entrance at 10 am.

Free. Bring your own bikes, helmets, repair kits, and water. For more information and to make a reservation, call 510-318-8470 or [email protected].


Hip-Hop 101 For Families
Saturdays and Sundays through August 12
11 am

Hip-Hop 101
Saturdays and Sundays through August 12
1 pm

Hip-Hop Dojo Programs

Cypher Sunday
First and third Sundays of the month, April­-August

August 12
1-3:30 pm

Participants take turns offering thoughts off the top of their heads in the form of rhyme while a guest DJ spins, and guest hosts will facilitate the experience based on a specific topic each time. Come share your lyrics, ideas, and sounds every first and third Sunday through August 12.

Sign-up onsite to join the cypher. All ages, all skill-levels encouraged. Spectators are welcome (no sign-up needed). Included with Museum special exhibition admission, aside from First Sundays @ OMCA. There is a $4 charge in addition to general admission pricing for special exhibitions.

Plug ‘n’ Play
Every Friday from April 6-August 10


6­-8 pm

Flow: Hip-Hop Yoga
Every First Friday of the month from April-August

5:30-6:45 pm

Mic Check/Checkmate
Wednesday, July 11
2-5 pm

Hip-Hop Trivia
Friday, July 20
6:30-8 pm

Chop It Up
Saturday, July 28
3-5 pm

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