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First Day of the Dead Festival at Oakland Cemetery 

By Historic Oakland Foundation Staff

For the first time ever, the traditional Day of the Dead Festival, organized by the Consulate General of Mexico in Atlanta and the Institute of Mexican Culture, will take place on Sunday, November 6 at historic Oakland Cemetery.

Visitors of all ages will learn about and experience a Day of the Dead festival. Guests will enjoy traditional dancing, crafts, authentic Mexican food, and entertainment. They can also view a display of altars decorated with flowers, food, and beverages honoring lost family and friends.

Dressing up for the occasion is encouraged! There will be a Catrinas and Catrines Costume Contest with cash prizes for the first places (kids and adults). Registration for this contest will be at the festival entrance.

Limited parking is available. Visitors are encouraged to take Uber, Lyft, MARTA, or carpool. Admission is free. Vendor application and information on altars is available at The event is presented in partnership with the Consulate General of Mexico and the Oficina de Enlace GTO-Georgia.

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