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.

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5th Anniversary Autumn Lights Festival

Thursday, October 13 – Saturday, October 15, 2016  6:00 – 10:00 pm
VIP Night: Wednesday, October 12  8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
(VIP Night open to the public – meet the artists!)

Tickets go on sale September 1, 2016 on Eventbrite
Ticket prices: $25.00 general admission $75.00 10/12 VIP night

A Benefit for Friends of the Gardens at Lake Merritt
Proceeds will fund improvements at the gardens including construction of a new entrance on Bellevue Avenue.

Imagine yourself immersed in acres of lush gardens illuminated with mesmerizing, larger-than-life art and lighting installations created by Bay Area artists. Join us for our 5th Anniversary Autumn Lights Festival beautifully situated in the gardens of Lakeside Park on the shores of Oakland’s shimmering Lake Merritt. The festive evenings blend live music, art, fire dancers, food and libations to make one unforgettable experience. This wildly popular annual tradition benefiting the Gardens at Lake Merritt is easy to get to and fun […]

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Welcome to The Sensory Garden

The Sensory Garden at Lakeside Park has been redesigned to utilize drought tolerant Mediterranean and native plants that  provide fragrance, sound and color for the senses. The garden is organized to offer the visitor a succession of experiences. […]

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The Pollinator Garden

The Pollinator garden is a big focus of The Gardens at Lake Merritt. While there are many beautiful more formal themed gardens ringing the garden space, the center of the garden holds a big area for a wild and crazy pollinator garden. Our park director Tora Rocha founded The Pollinator […]