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Fairyland for Grownups FAQ

** SOLD OUT ** General admission tickets for our 8th annual #Fairyland4Grownups will go on sale at the Oaklandish downtown store at 10am on Saturday, July 21st! Get your posse together! 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 7-10pm, Oaklandish and 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.

Here are video recaps from 2016, 2013, and 2012!

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Children’s Fairyland in Oakland -- the nation’s very first storybook theme park -- is famous as a family attraction and for its outreach, including hands-on science classes and free field trips and family memberships for children from underserved communities.

And yet for many Oaklanders, Fairyland is shrouded in mystery. Most of the time, Fairyland is off-limits to adults unless they’re accompanying a kid. But on Friday, August 17, #Fairyland4GrownUps will give adults (only) a chance to experience this Oakland icon, for a night of pure imagination!

Please note: This benefit event is 21+ and you will need to show valid ID at the gate. Enjoy tunes from Dion Decibels in the Old West Junction, and more! Two drinks are included in the ticket price, and will be enforced. Great food will be available for purchase.

You’ve probably got questions. We have answers!

When and where is this happening? 
The Fairyland gates will open for grownups on Friday, August 17, from 7 to 10 pm. You can enter at the main gates (look for the big shoe). The official address is 699 Bellevue Avenue. Visit the Fairyland website for directions and parking info: fairyland.org

For people who purchased their tickets online, the Will Call booth will open at 6pm on the day of the event, at Fairyland, in front of the shoe. The tickets will be under the last name of the purchaser, and we will ask for ID at pickup. Please note: you will not be able to leave tickets for your friends with us at Will Call. Parties should plan to arrive together. There are, however, ins and outs, so you will be able to meet late-arriving friends at the gate to give them their tickets.

We will start pre-screening folks at 6:30 so that you can enter the gates right at 7 for the full experience. Please have your ID and ticket ready at pre-screen so we can keep things speedy! There will be a bag check. No glass containers or beverages of any kind are permitted. Leave unnecessary bags and bulky items at home!

Parking. Due to the USRowing Masters National Championships on Lake Merritt, parking will not be available on Bellevue Ave. Here are some options:

  • Highly encouraged to take public transportation or ride sharing services
  • Parking at the Kaiser Center Garage at 349 – 21stSt. (between Webster St & Harrison St), evening parking after 4:30pm until midnight is $7.00
  • There is a free shuttle from the Kaiser Center Parking Lot from 5-11pm Friday night only. The shuttle sits 24 passengers, pick up/drop off at 21st & Harrison to Grand & Bellevue
  • Limited metered parking in the neighborhood free after 6pm

What’s actually happening at the party? There will be a giant dance party over in the Old West Junction, presided over by DJ Dion Decibels. There will also be puppet shows and other surprise attractions around the park. We’ll have beer and wine (two-drink limit, included in the ticket price), and a bunch of Oakland’s finest food vendors will be slinging snacks on the grass! 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 adult bevvies don’t mix. (Note: you won’t be able to go to the top of the pirate ship or go down the dragon slide).

Which local food and drink vendors should I expect to see there? We’re still adding more options, but confirmed for food are: ­­­­­Tacos Sinaloa, Bombzies BBQ, Johnny Appleseed Cafe, La Raspa Hadita, Ale Industries, and Urban Legend Cellars.

How much do tickets cost? Tickets are $30 a person. They will be available for in-store purchase at the Oaklandish downtown store on Saturday, July 21, at 10 a.m., with any remaining tickets available for sale online on Tuesday, July 24. There won’t be any extras for sale at the gate. Reminder that admission is for adults age 21+.

Ticket proceeds benefit Fairyland, helping keep admission fees low (or even free) for local kids. Fairyland has lots of amazing outreach programs: summer camp scholarships, free field trips for low-income kids, animal therapy for children who have experienced trauma, a renowned Children’s Theatre program, and more. This party will help keep those programs running, so thanks for your support!

Do I need to bring anything? All you REALLY need to bring is your ticket and ID, but we’d recommend carrying some extra cash for food and Fairyland souvenirs! Fairyland will sell Magic Keys that activate Storybook Boxes around the park, and they’ll even have their brand-new, steam punk-looking bronze-plated keys! 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 physical ticket to someone else, that’s no problem. Tickets and proof that the ticket-bearer is over 21 are all that are needed for entry. If you ordered your ticket(s) online, please email us at tickets@oaklandish.com with your name change at least 24 hours before the event starts.

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 know you’ll probably have more fun in a tutu.


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