Colorful costume celebrations, twinkling winter enchantments, and summer campouts on the shores of Lake Merritt—Children’s Fairyland celebrates throughout the year. (We also have a gala dinner the last Wednesday in May; it’s one of our most magical events.)
In December, Fairy Winterland celebrates the winter holidays of many cultures: Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Las Posadas, Diwali, and Chinese New Year. Join us for stories, crafts, a festival of lights, and a visit from Santa.
2018 Fairy Winterland dates: December 14-23
For one modest admission fee—$12 for each adult and child over the age of 1 ($6 for members)—you’ll enjoy:
- Performances by our renowned Storybook Puppet Theater
- A Festival of Lights Parade each day at 6:15 p.m.
- Special holiday storytelling, magic, and entertainment
- A daily visit from Santa Claus
- Holiday-themed arts and crafts
- Unlimited rides
And many more special surprises!
The park is open from noon to 7 p.m. during Fairy Winterland (weather permitting).
Fairyland members receive free admission to the opening day of Fairy Winterland!
Turn the Page! children’s book festival!
A date for our 2019 fourth annual Turn the Page! children’s book festival will be announced soon. 2018's event was proudly headlined by New York Time’s best selling children’s author and Oakland’s own, Mac Barnett
Join in on the fun and…
- Enjoy read-alouds by authors and live art demonstrations by illustrators
- Meet more than 25 authos and illustrators and ask them about their craft
- Buy books from Oakland’s own Laurel Book Store and have the signed
- Get creative by making a book or button with librarians from Oakland Public Library.
Fairyland 4 Grownups
General admission tickets for our 8th annual #Fairyland4Grownups event are sold out. Dates for 2019 will be announced soon.
Please note: this benefit event is 21+ and you will need to show valid ID at the gate.
During daylight hours, any adult who wants to enter the park has to arrive with a kid in tow. But on August 17th from 7-10 p.m., Oaklandish and Children’s Fairyland are teaming up to host a night of pure imagination---for adults only! Enjoy tunes from Dion Decibels in the Old West Junction, local brews, performances, and more! Two drink tickets are included in the ticket price, but food is not.
Drawn Together: A Celebration of Bay Area Artists at Fairyland
Our 2019 date for Drawn Together will be announced soon. Join us for a magical evening of live art-making, fixed-price art sale, music, food, and magical fun at Children’s Fairyland.
More than 50 exciting artists from Oakland and the Bay Area will team up to create over 100 pieces of original Fairyland-inspired art. There will also be fairy hair extensions from Very Fairy Events, tarot reading brought to you by The Hanged Man, and complimentary beer and wine; food available for purchase.
You’ll have the opportunity to purchase original works of art for a fixed price of $40 per piece, and proceeds will help Fairyland keep admissions affordable for all and free for those most in need, as well as funding much needed park restoration. Space is limited so get your tickets early and support a great cause! This is one of the rare opportunities to experience our magical park after dark. Please note - due to the availability of alcohol, no one under the age of 21 will be admitted.
Jack o’Lantern Jamboree
On the last weekend in October, join us to celebrate with fun and games that are more delightful than frightful.
2019 Jack o’Lantern Jamboree dates: October 26 & 27
Admission to Fairyland for the Jack o’Lantern Jamboree is just $12 per person ($6 for members). Come in costume and enjoy a spooktacular extravaganza with:
- Unlimited rides
- Goody bags and treat stations for kids*
- Two jumpers, one for little kids and one for bigger kids
- Arts and crafts
- Pirate school
- Balloon twisting
- Special performances
- Shows by our Children’s Theater Program and Storybook Puppet Theater
- *While supplies last
Jack o’Lantern Jamboree is made possible each year through contributions from our generous local sponsors. Contact us to add your company’s name to the list.
(Sorry, no passes, coupons or vouchers accepted for this event.)
We would like to thank our donors for helping make this event possible.
Dr. Michelle Agazzi DDS
Neil Katsura, DDS
Donald Ruddell, DDS