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October 12-14, 2023

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.

If you are interested in becoming an artist, fill out the 2023 Call for Artists Form.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, fill out the 2023 Sponsorship Form.