Autumn Lights Festival 2021

WELCOME TO OUR 10th Anniversary Event!

The Autumn Lights Festival is a fundraiser for the Gardens at Lake Merritt. The Gardens at Lake Merritt were established more than a half century ago. They are a collection of themed gardens requiring varying levels of upkeep. Volunteers provide much needed maintenance assistance as the City of Oakland’s gardening staff has been dramatically reduced over time. The gardens are a tranquil oasis in the heart of Oakland and provide enriching public programs.

The Autumn Lights Festival is presented by the Friends of the Gardens at Lake Merritt (FGLM). FGLM is an entirely volunteer organization, formed in 2004. The Mission of the FGLM is to partner with the City of Oakland to enhance the seven-acre collection of themed gardens in the heart of Oakland. 

By supporting the diverse plant collection, habitats, demonstration gardens and landscapes of the gardens, FGLM works to augment the Gardens as a learning resource and a serene location for the public to connect with and enjoy the beauties of nature.

Live Performances in the Garden

Thursday, October 14th

Clifton Street Regulars
Oakland Jazz Quintet


KMC Jazz
Oakland Jazz Quartet

Kenny Forrest
Surfing Monarch

Friday, October 15th

Clifton Street Regulars
Oakland Jazz Quintet

Circosphere
LED Circus Performers

Amani Jade
R&B Singer

LGBTQ Flagging Performance
Bay Area Flaggers

Saturday, October 16th

Clifton Street Regulars
Oakland Jazz Quintet

Wreck this Place
Andrea Farrell, Singer Songwriter

Erin St. Blaine and Jack Burris
Fire Pixies

ANNUAL Artist Awards CeremonIES

9 pm on Thursday, October 14th

Hosted by Kymberly Miller
Executive Director,
Children’s Fairyland

9 pm on Friday, October 15th

Hosted by Alex Klassen
Board Member,
Friends of the Gardens at Lake Merritt

A Heartfelt thank you to the SPONSORS who have made this event possible

A heartfelt thank you to our local businesses that donated their fabulous food to the Artists.