UPDATE: The Fairyland for Grownups party is totally and completely sold out! This is great news for the park, but we know it left some folks disappointed. Whenever we hold events like this, we always announce them in our newsletter first — so sign up on the bottom of the home page to make sure you get first dibs next year!
For most Oaklanders, Fairyland is shrouded in mystery. The park is famous for being off-limits to adults, unless they’re accompanying a kid. But on Friday, July 20th, Fairyland will open its gates to grownups for three glorious hours. You’ve probably got questions — and we’ve got answers! Wonders await.
When and where is this happening?
The Fairyland gates open for grownups on Friday, July 20th, from 7 – 10 pm. You can enter at the main gates (look for the big shoe) — the official address is 699 Bellevue Avenue. You can visit the Fairyland website for directions and parking info.
What’s actually happening at the party?
There will be a giant dance party over in the Old West Junction, presided over by our resident DJ, Dion Decibels. There will also be two puppet shows and other surprise attractions around the park.
We’ll have beer and wine from Linden Street Brewery and Urban Legend Cellars. Plus, a bunch of Oakland’s finest food trucks will be slinging snacks on the grass — including Pietisserie, El Taco Bike, Boffo Cart, Grilled Cheese Guy, 510 Burger and Liba Falafel.
And the best part: you’ll be allowed to explore the entire park, from the pirate ship to the card maze. The rides won’t be operating though, because rides and drunk folks don’t mix.
How much do the tickets cost?
Tickets are $15 a person and they’re pre-sale only — so there won’t be any extras for sale at the gate.
100% of the ticket proceeds go directly to Fairyland. The cost of your ticket will keep the Land of Make Believe accessible for the kids who need it most. Fairyland has lots of amazing outreach programs: camp scholarships for low-income kids, animal therapy for children with developmental issues, and free field trips for students. This party will help keep those programs running — so thanks for your support!
Who can go, and how can I buy tickets?
Your golden ticket entitles you to free beer and wine, so this party is for grownups over 21 — and you’ll need to show ID when you check in.
Tickets are available at the Oaklandish store at 1444 Broadway, starting on June 26th. There’s a limit of four tickets per person. When you reserve your spot, we’ll give you a golden ticket and put your name on the guest list. The golden tickets are just for fun, though — all you’ll really need to get into the party is your name. ** However ** if you buy more than one ticket and do not provide the names of your guests, you must arrive together as a group and check in together. On the rare occasion when this is impossible, your straggling guests will need to present their physical golden tickets and check in under the name the tickets were purchased under.
I can’t come into the store to get tickets. Can I buy them some other way?
We’re selling most of the tickets in real life, but we’ll hold back a small number for people who live out of town and can’t buy them in person. Those tickets will be available on the Oaklandish website starting July 8th.
We’ll post on our Facebook and Twitter feeds as soon as they’re up — so keep an eye out, because they’ll probably go fast! And sadly, we can’t take any orders over the phone — not even if you beg or bribe us.
Do I need to bring anything?
All you REALLY need to bring is your ID, but we’d recommend carrying some extra cash for the food trucks, plus a layer in case it gets chilly after dark.
And since this is a kiddie park, please don’t bring anything you wouldn’t want a toddler picking up off the ground in the morning (like cigarettes, glass bottles, etc).
I bought a ticket, and now I can’t go to the party. Can I give my spot to a friend?
Sure! If you want to give your ticket to someone else, that’s fine — just have them use your name at the door.
Will I get my tickets in the mail?
Nope — we’d get too many paper cuts. You just need to give us your name when you pay for the tickets, along with the names of your guests. Then we’ll check you off the list at the door.
Do I need to wear a costume?
Not at all. Fairyland accepts all dreamers, regardless of their attire. Lots of people do wear costumes, though — and come on, you’ll probably have more fun in a tutu.