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Spring Blooms at Oakland with Family-Friendly Events!

Visitors enjoying last year’s Illumine event Photo courtesy of Historic Oakland Foundation

By Angie Wynne

March and April are filled with fun, family-friendly opportunities to experience spring at Oakland Cemetery.

Phoenix Flies, Atlanta Preservation Center’s annual celebration of historic sites, comes to Oakland on March 17 for an exciting “Geology in the Cemetery” workshop led by Oakland’s own director of preservation, Ashley Shares. On March 18, Oakland hosts a kid-centric “Oakland Rocks!” geology workshop and scavenger hunt as part of the Atlanta Science Festival. 

Oakland’s popular Bell Tower Boutique artisan market will happen on April 8 from 9:00am to 3:00pm. Join us at the Bell Tower to shop an amazing selection of goods from local vendors and craftspeople.

The largest cemetery run in the country, Run Like Hell, also happens at Oakland on April 8. This unique evening 5K will wind through Oakland’s landscape, showcasing the beauty of spring in the cemetery. Participants are welcome to bring their leashed dogs and strollers to the race, and costumes for both people and pets are highly encouraged! After the 5K, stick around for an awesome after-party hosted at Republic Social House right across the street from Oakland. 

The Spring Plant Sale, a neighbor favorite, will take place on April 15 with a special preview sale for members on April 14. Keep an eye out for more Plant Sale details and registration, coming soon.

Atlanta’s premier after-dark spring arts event Illumine returns to Oakland on April 27 through April 30 and May 4 through May 7. Join us to experience unique lighting designs and beautiful art installations highlighting Oakland’s arboretum. In addition to exploring the cemetery after dark, guests will also enjoy live music, drinks, and an Oakland pop-up shop. Want to experience Illumine from the comfort of our newly renovated Bell Tower? Our all-new Illumine VIP experience includes exclusive access to the Bell Tower, complimentary sweet treats and drinks, and fun glow-in-the-dark accessories.

As always, feel free to join us on Saturdays, Sundays, and select Wednesdays for a “Sights, Symbols and Stories of Oakland” overview tour, or on one of our many other special topics tours. 

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