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, August 14th, 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, August 14th, 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: fairyland.org
We will start pre-screening folks at 6:30 so that you can enter the gates right at 7 for the full experience. Have your ID and ticket ready at pre-screen so we can keep things speedy! Leave unnecessary bags and bulky items at home!
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 adult puppet shows and other surprise attractions around the park. We’ll have beer and wine (included in the ticket price), plus, a bunch of Oakland’s finest food vendors will be slinging snacks on the grass! 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 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).
How much do the tickets cost? Tickets are $30 a person (plus fees from Brown Paper Tickets if you buy online) and they’re pre-sale only so there won’t be any extras for sale at the gate. A limited number of online tickets will be available for sale at 11am Friday, July 24. Follow Oaklandish on Instagram or Twitter for the link on the 24th. Ticket proceeds benefit Fairyland, helping them keep admissions low (or even free) for local kids. 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!
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 vendors and Fairyland souvenirs! Fairyland will have Magic Keys available that activate storybook boxes around the park and they’ll even have their special edition pewter magic 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 you’re over 21 are all you need for entry. If you need to change the name that the tickets are being held under at Will Call, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org before noon on the day of the event. We will not be able to change Will Call names after noon on the day of the event.
If I ordered online will I get my tickets in the mail? Nope – your tickets will be available at Will Call on the night of the event. They’ll be under the name of the person who purchased the tickets, so bring your ID and try to arrive as a group! You might want to arrive early, since once you collect your tickets from Will Call you’ll have to get in line for entry to the park.
What time does Will Call open? We will open our Will Call booth at 6pm on the day of the event. See you there!
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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