Autumn Lights Festival Oakland CA

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Friday & Saturday, October 18 - 19, 2013, 6PM-10PM

The Gardens at Lake Merritt
666 Bellevue Ave., Oakland CA


Lighted art, fire, and sound installations by Local Bay Area Artists
Food, Beer & Wine, Artist's Museum Store

Sponsored by Friends of the Gardens at Lake Merritt & City of Oakland
Produced by AnotherBullwinkelShow

Imagine several acres of garden illuminated with weird and enchanting art installations created by local Bay Area artists. Electric fireflies flickering in the trees, glowing waterfalls, a Polynesian Paradise with hand-crafted tiki lanterns and hula girls projected on palm trees, fire-spewing flowers and live fire performers light the night. Music and sound installations surprise at every turn on the garden paths lit with hundreds of luminarias. Attendees are invited to participate during the evening by coming dressed in their most interesting illuminated garden attire.

A fundraiser for Oakland's hidden jewel, recently named one of California's Top 5 Gardens by VIA Magazine, The Gardens at Lake Merritt are located in the heart of Oakland in Lakeside Park at 666 Bellevue Ave. Funds will be used for Garden improvements for the enjoyment of the entire community.


Tickets are $25 in advance at or $35 at the gate; Children 3- 12 years are half price, free under 3 years; VIP Tickets for 21+ are $50 in advance only. VIP Ticket includes free wine and beer tastings and illumination toys in the VIP lounge.

Buy tickets: Autumn Lights Festival at the Gardens at Lake Merritt

The Autumn Lights Festival is hosted by the Friends of the Gardens at Lake Merritt, a 501C-3, and co-sponsored by the City of Oakland, Studio Quercus, Malibu Compost, Echo Landscaping, Alex-Miller Cole, The East Bay Express, East Bay Loop, and Yelp! Produced by 510-548-5335.






1 Adam Katz Submersible Water Lighting Waterfalls & Ponds
2 Ann Schnake with Ana Labastida, Bianca Cabrera, Carmen, Rebecca, Cassie Thornton, Byron Peters MobileInTent Native Lawn
3 Brooke Levin Waxed Pape rLanterns Succulent Garden
4 Ashwin Swamy & Eric Thorne Etched Flowing & Glowing Squid Panels Palmatum Garden
5 Clive Brown Eco-Foam Flower Tree Stump near Rose Garden
6 Clive Brown Disappearing Pine/Infinity Mirror Pine Tree near the Beehive
7 Danya Pugliese Patterned Steel Lightboxes Succulent Garden
8 Echo Landscaping (Emily Gegan/Mike DeHerrera) Giant Trees Lit From Below VariousTrees
9 Elida Scola Overlapping Tree
10 Epic Lights Illuminated Cherry Trees Palm Garden
11 FX Luminere Uplighting of Cascades Cascades
12 Golden State Bonsai Federation (Janet Nelson) Lighting on Bonsai Trees Bonsai Garden
13 Ilya Pinsky Yurt with Music Firescape Garden
14 Insect Sciences Museum of California (Eddie Dunbar) Living Insects Painting Butterfly Garden
15 Jamie Vaida Garden of Fire Flowers Firescape Garden
16 Joanie Mitchell Illuminated Batiks Gazebo
17 John Fadeff Projected Short Films Small Green House
18 Karen Cusolito & Rebecca Anders Giant Floral Metal Sculpture Kidney Bed
19 Keiko Nelson Floating Water Sculptures Garden Pond
20 Kelly Whalen & Sara Dubois & Carlos Martinez & Alice Dockter Gourd Lanterns; Kitchen Sieve Lanterns; Painted Luminarias Community Garden
21 Kevin Woodson Woven Paper Lanterns Mimosa Tree
22 Kim Webster Illuminated Blown Glass Plants & Mosaic Planters Mediteranean Garden
23 Kyle Milligan Tulip Lanterns Understory Garden
24 Lauran Van Duren & Kyle Milligan Crysalis Lanterns Magnolia Tree
25 Mary White & Christina Bertea Illuminated Bird Baths Near Lathe House
26 Mie Preckler Shattered GlassVessels Near Rose Garden
27 R. Emil Barber & Kyle Milligan Polynesian Paradise with Hand-crafted Tiki Lanterns & Vintage Hula Projections Palmetium Garden
28 Robin North Chrysalis Path Lights Butterfly Garden
29 Sacred Leaf Studio presents Mud Lites Ceramic Garden Lanterns Sensory Garden
30 Stan Clark Space Forest of Inflatable Sacred Space Asparagus Trees Picnic Table Area
31 Sun Brothers Studio (Kevin Gauna) Entry TBA Horse Chestnut Tree Bed
32 Susan Casentini Projected Garden-related Vintage Home Movies Rock Face at the Waterfall Cascades
33 Tara Gill Photographic Light Box Japanese Garden
34 Tech Liminal Electric Fireflies Hornbeam Tree
35 Tech Liminal Illuminated Trumpets Angelís Trumpet Tree
36 Tomye Neal-Madison Imelda 12 Panes ofFused Glass VIP Room
37 Valerie Sobel Vegetal Hand-felted Light Phormium bed






Aileen Lawlor of Fire Smoothie
Fire Dancer 8-9:30PM Firescape Garden 8-9:30PM Firescape Garden
Amber & Aaron Snider
Singer Songwriter on Guitar, Folk/Rock/Blues/Americana 6-8PM Yurt
Andrea Farrell & Jeremy Elliott of Wreck This Place
Singer Songwriter on Guitar 8-10PM VIP Lathe Garden
Chris Head of Tank Half Full
Singer Songwriter on Guitar & Harmonica 8-10PM Bay Friendly Garden
Dalyte Kodzis & Claire Gendler
Stilwalking Flamingos 7:30-8:30 Garden Center Entrance
Deborah Hamouris & Buffalo of The DulciMates
Mountain Dulcimer & Voice 6-8PM Rose Garden
Franklin Beauregard Davis
Various Brass Instruments 6:30-7:30PM Garden Center Entrance
Harold Tervort
Native American Style Flutes 8-10PM Sensory Garden 6-8PM Sensory Garden
Ian James
Mind Reading Magician 6-8PM Museum Store  
Jc Villafan
Singer Songwriter 6-8PM VIP Lathe Garden
Kelek Stevenson & Dave Evans of Bitter Water
Banjo & Guitar 6-8PM Butterfly Garden
Laramie Crocker & His Universal Fun Machine
Singer Songwriter on guitar, with 3 Singers & Bass 6-8PM VIP Lathe Garden
Laura Inserra
Hang Drum 8-10PM Yurt
Lee Davidson
Rope Lights Dancer 8-10PM Roaming
Lisa Graciano
Bluesy World Music with Guitar, Flute and Vocals 8-10PM Yurt
Manda & Noelle of Very Fairy Events
Very Fairy Facepainting 6-10PM Japanese Garden 6-10PM Japanese Garden

Monica Williams & Wendy Loomis of Phoenix Rising
Native American Flute and Drums 6-8PM Yurt

Nathan Moon
Singer Songwriter on Guitar 6-8PM JapaneseTeahouse
Paul Anderson
Dulcimer & Guitar 8-10PM Bay Friendly Garden
Vanessa Lowe
Eccentric Indie Folk Pop 8-10PM VIP Lathe Garden

The DulciMates
The DulciMates

Nathan Moon
Nathan Moon

Amber Snider
Amber Snider

Aileen Lawlor
Aileen Lawlor of Fire Smoothie

Andrea Farrell of Wreck this Place-Photo Credit Timothy Crandle
Andrea Farrell of Wreck this Place
- Photo Credit Timothy Crandle

Ian James
Ian James

Monica Williams & Wendy Loomis of Phoenix Rising
Monica Williams & Wendy Loomis of Phoenix Rising

Laura Inserra
Laura Inserra

Dalyte Kodzis & Claire Gendler
Dalyte Kodzis & Claire Gendler

Lisa Graciano - Photo by Richard Blair
Lisa Graciano
- Photo by Richard Blair

Very Fairy Facepainters
Very Fairy Facepainters

Chris Head of Tank Half Full
Chris Head of Tank Half Full

Call for Artists - closed for 2013


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Thanks to our Sponsors!

Streetlight Sponsors

The Gardens at Lake MerrittCity of Oakland Whole Foods-Oakland

Lantern Sponsors

Charles Schwab EBMUD Echo Landscaping Ewing IrrigationFX Luminaire Lin Jia Tech LiminalOaklandish 17th Street Studios StopWasteTech Liminal

Tiki Torch Sponsors

Miller-Cole Family FoundationSasso Candy BarSchnitzer Steel

Luminaria Sponsors

Bison Brewery BrushstrokesThe Caning Shop Farm Fresh to You Children's FairylandFriends of Oakland Parks & Rec Galleria Scola     Hillside Gardeners of MontclairHonest TeaLake Merritt Dental Linden Street Brewery Periscope Cellars     Uptown Juice Vignette Wine Country SodaZipcar

Media Sponsors

East Bay ExpressEB Loop KGO 810 News Yelp!

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