Welcome to the Gardens at Lake Merritt. Come join us to see seven acres of unique and beautiful themed gardens. Free general admission to Gardens daily.


Visit us for a dazzling art and light show during our Autumn Lights Festival

Find out more about the Autumn Lights Festival 2015

Meet our featured artists and learn about their works

Learn about the Garden Entrance Plaza fundraising project

Buy Tickets to the Autumn Lights Festival 2015

Join us at the Autumn Lights Festival, October 16-17, 6-11 PM

“I walked among the dimly lit oaks with distant music drifting in the air. I thought how very much I liked the Oakland that was being created before my eyes. The event was multiracial and free-spirited; the sculpture sang in the balmy night…My, it was gaudy. The exhibits glowed and sparkled and occasionally talked. The variations in the light sculptures were inventive and surprising, and the people walking around in the dark were mysterious and cheerful. We are making our own traditions over here. The Autumn Lights Festival at the Gardens at Lake Merritt was a community celebration. Magic is all over — just look.”

Jon Carroll, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 October, 2014


Like thousands of others, San Francisco Chronicle columnist and East Bay resident Jon Carroll took a few hours on an October evening last year to see Oakland in a new light. The 2015 Festival will be a two-night event, […]

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Karen Cusolito Brings Her Giant Steel Flower!

Artist Spotlight
Oakland Autumn Lights Festival

Karen Cusolito’s powerful Giant Floral Metal Sculpture will tower over people arriving at Autumn Lights this year, outside the garden gate! What an introduction to the festival.

Karen’s art has taken many forms, from painting and mixed media to the large-scale steel sculptures she’s presently developing. […]

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Transportation and Parking for Autumn Lights


We hope you can walk! If that’s not possible…

AC Transit has 3 stops located convenient to the entrance to Lakeside Park, and one shuttle will run a continuous loop from the 19th Street BART Station to the Garden Entrance between 5:30pm and 11:30pm.

Although you may be planning to drive, we […]

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Silent Disco Returns to Autumn Lights!

Silent Disco returns to Autumn Lights! This ‪#‎Instagram‬ photo
by @grumpin_hard captured the personal ‪ZeroDB‬ musical experience, bring along a photo ID to get a set of headphones, each color broadcasting a different genre of DJ music.
Tickets for Autumn Lights: www.gardensatlakemerrit.org