The Gardens at Lake Merritt


Autumn Lights Festival is Ramping UP!


Mark your calendars! The 2014 Autumn Lights Festival, sponsored by PG&E, will illuminate the Gardens at Lake Merritt the nights of Friday October 17 and Saturday October 18. The Oakland Autumn Lights Festival is a fabulously creative two-night fundraiser held inside the beautiful Gardens at Lake Merritt, the seven-acre oasis of themed gardens nestled at the north end of Lakeside Park in Oakland.

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The festival welcomes over 1,000 children and adults to take a nighttime stroll through the gardens, where they encounter enchanting illuminated art installations set among the flowers and trees. The Autumn Lights Festival is a fundraiser for the Gardens at Lake Merritt, a free public garden that truly is the “Green Heart of Oakland.”

Local artists have been selected and invited to create pieces of art that incorporate light in many forms. People who attend get into the spirit, often creating costumes with light!

The Gardens at Lake Merritt depend on donations and volunteer help to stay open.  It has  provided gardening education and experience to generations of Oaklanders.  Here are a few photos from last year’s event:

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The Green Heart of Oakland for Fifty Years

Discover the hidden jewel in the city of Oakland,
a seven-acre collection of themed gardens.

The Gardens are open daily:
9am - 5:30pm
Entry is free!

666 Bellevue Ave, Oakland, California
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NEW Volunteer Positions available!

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Volunteer Ambassador
Volunteer Coordinator
Garden Docent Coordinator
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NOTE: You'll be making a secure tax-deductible donation through the website "Causes" to the Friends' fiscal agent "Oakland East Bay Garden Center Inc." Your donation will be under the campaign "Support the Gardens at Lake Merritt". The Causes site permits donors to share news about their giving on Facebook, but you needn't be a Facebook user, or even logged into Facebook to use the form. You can make the donation anonymously, if you wish!