11th Annual Autumn Lights Festival

11th Annual Autumn Lights Festival

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$7 – $25

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Gardens at Lake Merritt

666 Bellevue Avenue

Oakland, CA 94610

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No Refunds

Autumn Lights Festival is happening for 3 magical nights: October 13, 14, and 15, 2022!

About this event

Art and nature enthusiasts from all over the region will flock to Oakland's Lake Merritt to immerse themselves in the 11th Annual Autumn Lights Festival, a one-of-a-kind interactive art experience that is always the talk of the town. We invite you to celebrate our 11th Annual festival in-person over three spectacular nights October 13-15, 2022. Prepare to be dazzled, mesmerized and amazed at this magical benefit for the non-profit Friends of the Gardens at Lake Merritt where you will experience 60+ locally-produced illuminated art displays sparkling and beaming throughout Oakland’s beloved eight-acre municipal gardens.


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 the following is true for you or anyone in your party:

• 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);

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. Children under 5 are admitted free with a ticketed adult.

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 logging in to your Eventbrite 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 Thursday 10/13 ticket date cannot be exchanged on Friday 10/14); ticket date changes will only work if the desired date is 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?