Autumn Lights Festival

We are happy to announce the Autumn Lights Festival fundraiser returns to the Gardens at Lake Merritt from 6pm – 10pm on Friday and Saturday, October 18 & 19, 2013!

Imagine several acres of garden illuminated with amazing and enchanting art installations created by local Bay Area artists. Electric fireflies flickering in the trees, glowing waterfalls, a flock of interactive books, a Polynesian Paradise with hand-crafted tiki lanterns and hula girls projected on palm trees. Fire art cars and live fire performers light the night while music and sound installations surprise at every turn on the garden paths lit with hundreds of luminarias. Attendees are invited to participate during the evening by coming dressed in their most interesting illuminated garden attire.

• Lighted art, fire, and sound installations by Local Bay Area Artists
• Food, Beer & Wine
• Artist’s Museum Store


Click here to buy tickets
Tickets are $25 in advance at  or $35 at the gate
Children 3-12 years are half price, free under 3 years
VIP Tickets for 21+ are $50, and are available in advance only. VIP Ticket includes free wine and beer tastings and illumination toys in the VIP lounge.




Artists and Art Installations





R. Emil Barber & Kyle Milligan Polynesian Paradise with Hand-crafted Tiki Lanterns & Vintage Hula Projections Palmetium Garden
Clive Brown Eco-Foam Flower Tree Stump near Rose Garden
Clive Brown Disappearing Pine/Infinity Mirror Pine Tree near the Beehive
Susan Casentini Projected garden-related vintage home movies Rock Face at the Waterfall Cascades
Stan Clark Space Forest of Inflatable Sacred Space Asparagus Trees Location TBA
Karen Cusolitos Giant Floral Metal Sculpture Location TBA
Echo Landscaping Giant Trees Lit From Below various trees
John Fadeff Projected Shorts The Green House
Tara Gill Photographic Light Box Location TBA
Golden State Bonsai Federation Lighting on Bonsai Trees Bonsai Garden
Insect Sciences Museum of California Living Insects Painting Community Garden
Adam Katz Submersible Water Lighting Waterfalls & Ponds
Kyle Milligan Tulip Lanterns Location TBA
Joanie Mitchell Illuminated Batiks Gazebo
Keiko Nelson Floating Water Sculptures Garden Pond
Robin North Chrysalis Path Lights Location TBA
Mie Preckler Illuminated Tree Arch Red Gate Area
Danya Pugliese Patterned Steel Lightboxes Location TBA
Sacred Leaf Studio presents Mud Lites Ceramic Garden Lanterns Sensory Garden
Ann Schnake MobileInTent Location TBA
Elida Scola Overlapping Tree Location TBA
Valerie Sobel Vegetal Hand-felted Light Location TBA
Sun Brothers Studio (Kevin Gauna) Entry TBA Location TBA
Ashwin Swamy & Eric Thorne Etched flowing and glowing squid panels Location TBA
Tech Liminal Electric Fireflies Hornbeam Tree
Tech Liminal Illuminated Trumpets Angel’s Trumpet Tree
Jamie Vaida Garden of Fire Flowers Fire Garden
Lauran Van Duren & Kyle Milligan Crysalis Lanterns Magnolia Tree
Kim Webster Illuminated Blown Glass Plants & Mosaic Planters Location TBA
Kelly Whalen & Sara Dubois Gourd Lanterns; Kitchen Sieve Lanterns; Carved Pumpkins Community Garden
Mary White & Christina Bertea Illuminated Bird Baths Near Lathe House
Kevin Woodson Woven Paper Lanterns Mimosa Tree


Performers and Performance Schedule




Aileen Lawlor of Fire Smoothie
Fire Dancer 8-9:30PM Firescape Garden 8-9:30PM Firescape Garden
Amber & Aaron Snider
Singer Songwriter on guitar, Folk/Rock/Blues/Americana 6-8PM
Andrea Farrell & Jeremy Elliott of Wreck This Place
Singer Songwriter on guitar 8-10PM VIP Lathe Garden
Chris Head of Tank Half Full
Singer Songwriter on guitar & harmonica 8-10PM
Dalyte Kodzis & Claire Gendler
What’s a garden without Pink Flamingoes? 7:30-8:30PM
Deborah Hamouris and Buffalo of The DulciMates
Mountain Dulcimer & Voice 6-8PM
Franklin Beauregard Davis
Various Brass Instruments 8-10PM
Harold Tervort
Native American Style Flutes 8-10PM Sensory Garden 6-8PM Sensory Garden
Ian James
Mind Reading Magician 6-8PM Museum Store
Jc Villafan
Singer Songwriter 6-8PM VIP Lathe Garden
Kelek Stevenson and Dave Evans of Bitter Water
Banjo & Guitar 6-8PM
Laramie Crocker and his Universal Fun Machine
Singer Songwriter on guitar, with 3 singers and bass 6-8PM VIP Lathe Garden
Laura Inserra
Hang Drum 8-10PM
Lee Davidson
Rope lights dancer 8-10PM
Lisa Graciano
Bluesy World Music with Guitar, Flute and Vocals 8-10PM
Manda & Noelle of Very Fairy Events
Face/Body Painting and Glitter Hair Strands 6-10PM Japanese Garden 6-10PM Japanese Garden
Monica Williams & Wendy Loomis of Phoenix Rising
Native America Flute and Drums 6-8PM Location TBA
Nathan Moon Acoustic Guitar 6-8PM
Paul Anderson
Dulcimer & Guitar 8-10PM
Vanessa Lowe
Eccentric Indie Folk Pop 8-10PM in VIP Lathe Garden

Volunteers Needed

If you would like to contribute by volunteering at the Autumn Lights Festival, please fill out and submit this form.

Funds raised will be used for improvements to the Gardens at Lake Merritt for the enjoyment of the entire community.

The Autumn Lights Festival is hosted by the Friends of the Gardens at Lake Merritt and  produced by AnotherBullwinkelShow.

Thank you to our wonderful sponsors:



Get involved

Here are some other ways to join the fun:
Food Vendor Application
Tabling Opportunities & Sponsorship Opportunities
Sponsorship Booth Application

For more information read the press release.

See more photos of last year’s Autumn Lights Festival here on Facebook.