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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SOLD OUT – no Saturday door tickets!

We are sold out of all  tickets for Autumn Lights  Saturday!  There are no tickets sold at the door Saturday.  None.
Thanks for taking this great fundraiser over the top! Your support has been awesome.  The overwhelming response created some glitches on Friday night which we acknowledge and are correcting for Saturday.
Remember we have shuttles to move people to the 19th St. BART station and the parking lot under the freeway at the Farmers Market area.

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

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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Transportation and Parking for Autumn Lights, Handicap Access

We love public transportation!  
Here’s what we have planned for you for Autumn Lights.
Although you may be planning to drive, we ask that you please consider using public transit to the Festival. Parking within Lakeside Park is extremely limited and cannot be guaranteed. It’s crowded on a good day.

Consider taking […]

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Numbskull Art Car will be With Us for Autumn Lights!

#‎rollingstone‬ reports from ‪#‎burningman‬: “Cruising around the playa at night in a mutant vehicle like’The Numbskull’ — an art installation on wheels created by Craig Backer — is, um, a no-brainer.”
Craig’s bringing the art car to front of the gardens during Autumn Lights!

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Gray Davidson’s Flaming Serpent

We are excited to have Gray Davidson’s Dancing Serpent at Autumn Lights, fresh off the Playa! This is his 2015 art project for #BurningMan festival. Gray Davidson recently moved to the Bay Area to take advantage of the strong local community focused on industrial, technological and performance arts. Gray’s most […]