“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, […]
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. […]
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 […]
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