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Don’t Miss These Fall Events at Historic Oakland Cemetery

By Angie Wynne

Autumn at historic Oakland Cemetery is a busy and exciting time, and as the weather cools, the cemetery becomes the perfect place to spend an afternoon. Make your reservations now for the annual Fall Plant Sale, which kicks off Historic Oakland Foundation’s fall events on Saturday, September 25. The plant sale is followed the very next day the Foundation’s longest-running event, Sunday in the Park.

This year’s Sunday in the Park (September 26) is a ticketed affair since it’s combined with our annual music festival, Tunes from the Tombs. Ticket holders will enjoy music from The Original Wailers, Jupiter Coyote, and others after an afternoon of craft beer and food trucks, taking cemetery tours, and hunting for unique finds at the artists market and at the Museum Store pop-up shop. Of course, the Victorian costume contest and children’s area will have their place at Sunday in the Park, as well.

Less than two weeks after Sunday in the Park is the Run Like Hell 5K on Saturday, October 9 (those wishing to run a virtual 5K can take part even earlier). Walkers, leashed pets, and strollers are welcome. Our second-annual Pumpkin Patch happens right after the race at 11:00am on October 9 and again on Sunday, October 10. Oakland’s Richards mausoleum, with its Halloween-appropriate gargoyles, will once again be decorated for the season, so bring the whole family for a festive photo before you pick out your pumpkin. Shop quirky, seasonal wares at the Museum Store pop-up shop during the Pumpkin Patch, too. 

And finally, Historic Oakland Foundation’s largest event, Capturing the Spirit of Oakland, starts Thursday, October 14. The uber-popular Halloween tours happen over three weekends instead of the usual two this year. The extended event means there are still tickets available for purchase for the tours, which usually sell out in a matter of days.

You’ll find information on all of these fall happenings at Oakland Cemetery at

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