Annual Events

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 first Thursday in June; it’s one of our most magical events.)

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Spooktastic costumes on parade at Jack o’Lantern Jamboree.

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Join the revelers at our annual Fairy Winterland.

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Sleep under the stars at Fairyland this summer.

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Sparkling lights herald the season during Fairy Winterland.

Complete with goodies, activities, festive performances, and (in December) a visit from a jolly man in a big red suit, our special events make a lovely tradition for families of all sizes.

Drawn Together

Please note - due to the availability of alcohol, no one under the age of 21 will be admitted.

3rd Annual Drawn Together: A Celebration of Bay Area Artists at Fairyland
Join us for a magical evening of live art-making, music, food, and 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. Russell E. L. Butler will be spinning records. Complimentary beer and wine; food available for purchase. Surprise experience from What If Wonders.

You’ll have the opportunity to purchase original works of art for a fixed price of $40 per piece, and all proceeds will help Fairyland keep admissions affordable for all and free for those most in need. 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.

Jack o’Lantern Jamboree


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On the last weekend in October, join us to celebrate with fun and games that are more delightful than frightful. 


2015 Jack o’Lantern Jamboree dates: October 24 and 25.

Admission to Fairyland for the Jack o’Lantern Jamboree is just $10 per person ($5 for members). Come in costume and enjoy a spooktacular extravaganza with:

  • Unlimited rides
  • Parades
  • 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
  • Costumed fairy-tale characters
  • 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 or coupons accepted for this event.) 


2014 Sponsors

We would like to thank our donors for helping make this event possible.


Grand Lake Ace Hardware, Inc.

Dr. Michelle Agazzi DDS



Berkeley Farms

Eric S. Citron, D.D.S.



City of Oakland Parking Partners (COPP)

Critters by the Bay

Donsuemor Madelines



Folkmanis, Inc.

Richard Gabor, DDS



Grant J. Hunt Company






Seymour L. Kurtz, D.M.D.

Lucky Supermarkets

Piedmont Pediatric Dentistry – Reinaldo J. Negron, DDS, MSD

Donald Ruddell, DDS

Safeway Inc.




Sunstar Americas, Inc.

Sysco San Francisco, Inc.

Fairy Winterland

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.


2015 Fairy Winterland dates: December 4-20, Friday - Sunday and Monday - Wednesday December 21-23

For one modest admission fee—$10 for each adult and child over the age of 1 ($5 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).