$7 – $25

10th Anniversary Autumn Lights Festival

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Gardens at Lake Merritt

666 Bellevue Avenue

Oakland, CA 94610

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Autumn Lights Festival is happening for 3 magical nights: October 14, 15, and 16, 2021!

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Autumn Lights Festival is returning live and in person for 3 magical nights: October 14, 15, and 16, 2021!

Thursday, October 14; Friday, October 15; Saturday, October 16

6 – 11 pm nightly

$25 for adults; $10 for youth (ages 6-17); Children ages 5 and younger enter for free.

Early Bird discounts are available so get your tickets early.

No refunds. Autumn Lights is a rain-or-shine fundraising event supporting the Gardens at Lake Merritt



In these uncertain times surrounding COVID-19 and emerging variants, we are implementing a number of protocols for the health and safety of our Autumn Lights guests and personnel. To that end, upon entry to Autumn Lights 2021, we are requiring all festival attendees, staff, volunteers, vendors, artists, performers and participants to:

1. Provide proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.


2. Provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test. The test must have been taken within 72 hours of each day you are attending. (We will accept PCR or Antigen/Rapid Test )

Documentation will be checked nightly upon entry. A photo of your vaccination card or negative test result saved to your phone is sufficient.

3. Children of all ages must provide a recent negative COVID test or show proof of vaccination, if eligible. (We will accept PCR or Antigen/Rapid Test)

4. All individuals ages 2 and above must wear a mask in all areas within the festival footprint, except while eating and drinking.


• Capacity will be limited to alleviate overcrowding

• Masks will also be required of all event personnel, vendors, artists, performers, etc. in all areas within the festival footprint, except while actively eating or drinking.

• Hand-sanitizers will be available at several locations throughout the festival grounds


Where can I get vaccinated?

You can find vaccination options in Alameda County here:

You can obtain a digital version of your California vaccination record here:

What kind of tests will be accepted?

Acceptable COVID tests include PCR & Antigen tests conducted by a testing center or lab.

When do I need to take my COVID test?

The test must have been taken within 72 hours of each day you are attending.

Where can I get a COVID test in Alameda County?

You can find a testing center - including free community testing sites - here:


An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public space where people are present. By attending the Autumn Lights Festival in Oakland, you expressly agree to comply with any and all rules and safety guidelines put in place by the event organizers, and voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19, waiving all claims and potential claims against the event organizers, and their affiliated companies relating to such risks.

We ask that you not attend if any of the following is true for you or anyone in your party:

• Within 14 days before attending the festival you have tested positive, or been exposed to someone who has tested positive for, COVID-19;

• Within 48 hours prior to attending the festival, you have experienced symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g., a fever of 100.4F or higher, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking muscle pain/achiness, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, nasal congestion, runny nose, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue or any other symptoms associated with COVID-19 identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention);

• Within 14 days prior to attending the festival, you traveled to any international territory identified by federal or applicable state or local governments as being subject to travel or quarantine advisories due to COVID-19.

For reference, please retain a copy of the above protocols.

General Festival FAQs

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

This is an all-ages event. Our Covid19 protocols require each attendee to show proof of vaccination or a recent negative test result along with a photo ID. Please see our COVID protocols for more information.

What if tickets are sold out online?

Tickets are only available on EventBrite. Space is limited in the park. If the site says tickets are sold out, then there are no tickets remaining for that day.

What about Transportation & Parking?

The best way to get here is by bus (AC Transit – 511.org) or rideshare (Uber/Lyft) to the Lakeside Park entrance @ Grand & Bellevue. Or, take BART to the 19th Street Station, exit onto 20th Street, then walk (10 minutes) or ride share to Lakeside Park. Bicycling is also a good option (bicycle parking will be available onsite). Vehicle parking inside the park fills up very early – and there is little to no street parking in the adjacent area, so please use public transit, ride share or bicycling.

What happens if it rains?

Autumn Lights is a fundraiser and will take place rain-or-shine. No refunds will be issued.

What can/can't I bring to the event?

For your safety, the following items are not allowed: NO Cans or Glass Bottles NO Coolers or Ice Chests NO Alcoholic Beverages NO Animals with the exception of Service Animals NO Weapons

Is my registration/ticket transferable?

Yes, tickets purchased through this site are transferable. You will need to go through the proper Eventbrite process to transfer tickets. Start by being logged in to your account, then "transfer tickets" to a new event in order to swap dates. Ticket swapping does not work for tickets with dates that have passed (e.g. a Thurdsay 10/14 ticket date cannot be changed on Friday 10/15); ticket date changes will work if the desired dates have not sold out.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

You may bring either your printed ticket OR have the email with the scannable ticket code showing on your phone. Tickets will be scanned at the entrance to the event. Tickets are only be good for single entry.

The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?

Tickets will be scanned at the event. Each ticket will be good for one (1) entry. We recommend buying tickets only through this site to ensure that you receive a valid ticket.

I want to attend on a date different than the date on my ticket. Is that okay?

Your ticket is good for the date shown on the ticket. Up until 24 hours prior to the event date, you are able to change your ticket to a later date if those dates are not yet sold out.

Do you offer refunds?

Autumn Lights is a fundraiser for a local nonprofit. As such, we do not offer refunds for unused tickets. You are allowed to give, or transfer, your tickets to others to use if you are unable to attend the event.

Where can I learn more about the Autumn Lights Festival and Gardens at Lake Merritt?


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Gardens at Lake Merritt

666 Bellevue Avenue

Oakland, CA 94610

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