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Autumn Lights Festival

October 17-19, 6:00pm-11:00pm

The festive evenings blend live music, illuminated art, fire dancers, food and libations to make one unforgettable experience. This wildly popular annual tradition benefiting the Gardens at Lake Merritt is easy to get to and fun for all ages. The Autumn Lights Festival, which has become a unique Oakland tradition, is a festive three-night community event held in the seven-acre oasis of themed gardens nestled in Lakeside Park surrounding Lake Merritt.

Imagine yourself immersed in acres of lush gardens illuminated with mesmerizing art and lighting installations created by Bay Area artists. 

Food & Drink
Autumn Lights 2019 will feature a delectable array of locally-made food, beer and wine available for purchase. Last year, our food court was a huge hit and this year it will be expanded with an even broader range of culinary options. Locally-crafted beer, wine and soft drinks will also be available at two conveniently located stations. Check out the list of food vendors that will be at the event.

What To Wear
Autumn Lights is an outdoor event in a public garden. Dress comfortably and in layers. Wear shoes appropriate for strolling/walking. Check weather listings for current forecasts.

$20 adults / $7 youth (advance); $25/$10 event day
All proceeds benefit the Friends of the Gardens at Lake Merritt for improvements at the gardens including the construction of a new entrance on Bellevue Avenue.