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Oakland Brings History to Life

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By Pam Henman
As summer winds down and the weather cools off, Atlanta’s oldest municipal burial ground, historic Oakland Cemetery, is heating up with fun, family-friendly activities this fall.
On Sunday, October 4, the 36th annual Sunday in the Park Victorian street festival brings Oakland Cemetery’s past to the present. From noon to 6:00pm, explore the cemetery’s splendor with living history demonstrations, guided walking tours, a Victorian costume contest, live music and dance performances, children’s area, food trucks, beer tents, and much more. Attendees are also invited to participate in the Victorian costume contest and photography contest, or explore inside some of Oakland’s grand mausoleums, which are only opened once a year during Sunday in the Park. Tickets to this day-long celebration are $7 and children under three years old are admitted free.
Oakland’s ever-popular Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween Tours are back for a tenth year, spanning two weekends on October 23 through 25 and October 29 through 31. Ticketholders are invited to experience the cemetery after dark on guided walking tours, which bring a few residents “to life” through re-enactments. Tickets range from $13 to $25 (plus tax and fees), and are available in advance only at Always a sell-out event, Capturing the Spirit of Oakland is designed to enlighten, not frighten, and is a seasonal favorite for visitors from across the country.
All proceeds from these family-friendly events benefit Historic Oakland Foundation’s mission to preserve, restore, enhance, and share Oakland Cemetery with the public.
“Fall is a very special time at Oakland Cemetery, and we look forward to hosting locals and visitors alike as they discover the cemetery’s rich history,” said Mary Woodlan, director of special events at Historic Oakland Foundation.
Both Sunday in the Park and Capturing the Spirit of Oakland are sponsored by Six Feet Under Pub & Fish House, Melwood Springs, Craft Creation & Design, Tin Lizzy’s Cantina, Modelo, Negra Modelo, Corona, Starr Hill Brewery, Doc Chey’s Noodle House, Republic Social House, Mezcalito’s Cocina & Tequila Bar, Fulton Cotton Mill Lofts, and H.M. Patterson & Son Spring Hill Chapel.

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