Oakland’s 12th annual Autumn Lights Festival is back this year from Thursday, Oct. 12 through Saturday, Oct. 14, 2023 at the Gardens at Lake Merritt! Take a trip across the Bay to a glimmering oasis of light installations distributed throughout these lovely lakeside gardens, which have been a beloved feature of the city for over 50 years. The festival is a major fundraiser for the Gardens that helps to keep them thriving all year round so that the public may continue to enjoy them for free.
Both Friday and Saturday night tickets are sold out for this popular event, but you can still snag a handful of tickets for the Thursday night rendition.
Dozens of artists will create exciting and innovative light art pieces for three glorious nights at the Gardens. We’re still waiting on more details for 2023, but many of last year’s installations were brand-new, with exciting cutting-edge displays by over 100 artists around every corner. Prices are $25 for adults and $10 for children.
The event also includes an art festival each night where pieces will be available for purchase. The participating artists at the event donated their time in order to create these light installations, so be sure to show your appreciation by purchasing their art.
The Gardens at Lake Merritt consists of 7 acres of themed gardens including a Bonsai Garden, a Sensory Garden, a Toddler Garden, an Urban Edible Garden, and more. The Gardens are maintained thanks to volunteers who work year-round to support various levels of upkeep, and admission to the gardens continues to be free thanks to their fervent efforts.
Be sure to show them some love at the Autumn Lights Festival fundraiser, happening from Oct. 12-14, 2023. The Gardens at Lake Merritt are located at 666 Bellevue Ave in Oakland.