Annual Events

  • Turn the Page! features read-alouds and live art demonstrations.

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  • More than 50 artists from the Bay Area team up to create Fairyland-inspired art.

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  • Spooktastic costumes on parade at Jack o’Lantern Jamboree.

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  • Sparkling lights herald the season during Fairy Winterland.

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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.)

Turn the Page! children’s book festival!

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The show (or in this case, the children's book festival) must go on! Turn the Page! is a GO for Saturday, May 18 from 10 to 4.  Admission is free. We will host the event in Aesop's Playhouse, our completely-covered theater space. The park itself will not be open though.

Presented by Kaiser Permanente Thrive with support from Association of Children's Librarians of Northern CaliforniaChronicle Books and 510Families.

Our fourth annual Turn the Page! children’s book festival will take place Saturday, May 18, with a new bookstore partner: East Bay Booksellers. 

  • Enjoy read-alouds by authors and live art demonstrations by illustrators
  • Meet more than 30 authors and illustrators and ask them about their craft
  • Buy books from Oakland’s own East Bay Booksellers and have them signed
  • Celebrate young writers and their work at our Kid Author Table 
  • Visit Oakland Public Library's Fairyland Branch to sign up for the new Fairyland library card, designed by local illustrator Michael Wertz. Or use your creativity to make a bookish craft with OPL librarians!

With special presentations by:  Annie Barrows, Lisa Brown, Nidhi Chanani, Kamaria Lofton, Todd Parr, and Michael Wertz

Featuring: Simone Alexander, Alexandra Boiger, Sally Bolger, Alina Chau, Angela Dalton, Jill Diamond, Marcus Ewert, Alexis Fajardo, Sandra V. Feder, Michael Fleming, Meg Fleming, Alexandria Giardino, Melissa Greenberg, Jeanne Walker Harvey, Sarah and Ian Hoffman, Eda Kaban, Lourdes Rivas, Janine Macbeth, Innosanto Nagara, Donald Oppenheim, James Robinson, Simone Shin, Regina Shklovsky, Dashka Slater, Nikki Shannon Smith, Jane Solomon, Shobha Tharoor Srinivasan, Meera Sriram, and K-Fai Steele

Fairyland 4 Grownups

#Fairyland4Grownups is your once-a-year chance to experience our magical storybook park without a child – in fact, it’s a 21+ event! Join Oaklandish and Children’s Fairyland for a night of pure imagination, with dancing in Old West Junction, local brews, performances, and more! Two drink tickets are included in the ticket price, but food is not.

The date of our 2019 #Fairyland4Grownups event – a benefit for Children’s Fairyland – will be announced soon – check back here for details! 

Here are video recaps from 20162013, and 2012!

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
  • 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
  • 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.)

2018 Sponsors

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

Dr. Michelle Agazzi DDS

Alameda Pediatric2

Berkeley Farms

Critters by the Bay

Donsuemor Madelines





Neil Katsura, DDS

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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.

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!