Autumn Lights Festival 2022

The 11th Annual Festival is October 13-15th! Tickets go on sale September 1st.

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.

Here are A few of the Installation highlights from 2021

FLOS ALIENA: GERMINATION

FLOS ALIENA: GERMINATION

Mike Saleski

ENCHANTER

ENCHANTER

Sasha Vu

T-Wrecks

T-Wrecks

Todd Cooper and Bob Krambuhl

A GARDEN VISION

A GARDEN VISION

Friends of the Gardens at Lake Merritt Board

FISH

FISH

Steve Dudek

GLOWING AGAVES

GLOWING AGAVES

Annie's Annuals Employees

HOLOSPHERE

HOLOSPHERE

Michael Singletary and Gabriel Levy

PHOSPHOROSES

PHOSPHOROSES

Sharon Kallenberger

POLLINATOR PERSPECTIVE

POLLINATOR PERSPECTIVE

Pollinator Posse

THE SPACE GARDEN

THE SPACE GARDEN

STAN CLARK

FIBRATIONS

FIBRATIONS

Ryan Pearl and Peter Tjeerdsma

MANDELNEON

MANDELNEON

Carrie Morrison

If you are interested in becoming an artist, see below.

Submission Deadline:
August 30, 2022
Jury Feedback:
Week of September 15, 2022

If you have any questions, please email: oakalfdirector@gmail.com

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, see below.

Submission Deadline:
August 30, 2022
Sponsor logo deadline for printed materials:
Week of August 15, 2022

If you have any questions, please email: oakalfdirector@gmail.com