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Autumn Lights Festival 2020

Friday, October 16 (Theme: Tech)
Saturday, October 17 (Theme: Family)
Sunday, October 18 (Theme: Fine Art)
Register here for FREE viewing nightly at 7:00 pm.


This year’s thrilling, behind-the-scenes look into the festival is being presented entirely online through video of the art and live chat with the artists. It is a celebration of all the artists ─ both longtime and newcomers ─ who generously donate their time and talent in support of the Gardens at Lake Merritt. More than 40 gifted local artists will create and display the art in their own workspaces and we’ll capture it on video in association with Oakland’s award-winning Together Pictures. It is going to be a spectacular three nights of cutting-edge illuminated art displays (many new to the festival this year) brought to life vividly, in video, with mesmerizing color and dimension!

In appreciation for your continued support, we are making it free to view this year’s Autumn Lights Festival on YouTube. Made possible through a generous donation from Niantic, enjoy includes video presentations of the art in addition to artists talks each night. For a donation of $50 or more, you will be invited to submit questions to the artists participating in the nightly live Zoom Webinars. Friends of the Gardens at Lake Merritt is a small, volunteer-driven nonprofit. Proceeds from the event are used to maintain and enhance the public Gardens which are open to the public free of admission. As such, we warmly welcome donations of any amount – options include some cool thank you gifts ─ as described on our Eventbrite page here:

We would like everyone to register so we can send you the link to our YouTube channel and the Autumn Lights 2020 program.

You may register for free viewing on one, two, or each of the three nights of Autumn Lights 2020. Feel free to add multiple nights to your cart prior to checking out.

Coming soon our festival website will include links to many of the artist websites where you can purchase art. The wonderful artists of Autumn Lights generously donate their time and talent in support of the Gardens at Lake Merritt.

Should you have further questions, please send us an email:

Thank you and enjoy the show!