Sunday in the Park | Oakland Cemetery

Oakland Cemetery is celebrating 40 years of Victorian tradition and fun at the Sunday in the Park festival! Families will enjoy a day filled with living history theatre performances, tours, an artists’ market, food trucks, live music, storytelling, crafts for kids, and a historical costume contest.

Event Details
Sunday | September 30th, 2018
12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Location
Oakland Cemetery
248 Oakland Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30312

The Victorian street festival has something for everyone! Enjoy an afternoon of live music, performances, food, learning activities, and fun for all ages.

Event Highlights

  • Living History
    Regardless of their history or background, every resident at Oakland Cemetery is a beautiful part of Atlanta’s rich history. Actors will share the stories of the lives of Atlantans and their interesting history!

  • Authors and Book Talks
    A talented group of authors will talk about their books throughout the afternoon at the Visitor Center. Authors and books include: Ron Smith’s Atlanta Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in the Hub of the South, Dr. Wendy Venet’s A Changing Wind: Commerce and Conflict in Civil War Atlanta, Dr. DL Henderson’s new book, South View: An African American City of the Dead, and Ren and Helen Davis’s book Atlanta’s Oakland Cemetery.

  • Costume Contest
    Adorn a historical costume and enter the historical costume contest! A highlight of Sunday in the Park, the costume contest shares prizes for winners in a range of categories including “Best Steampunk.”

  • Artists Market
    More than two dozen artists will showcase some of Atlanta’s best local goods and gifts. Market vendors include:

    • Dr. Mike’s Shaving Emporium
    • Something New
    • Tall Hawk Designs
    • MyMy Butterfly
    • Freakshow Couture
    • Daedal Jewelry
  • The Children’s Zone
    This is a must-see for families and kids of all ages! This year’s Children’s Zone features face-painting, a clown, puppet shows, the Georgia Bubbleman, and more!

Tradition

Sunday in the Park hails from the tradition of revering the dead by celebrating life! Back before cities built public parks, average people would bring a picnic basket, musical instruments, and maybe a few adult libations to the local cemetery, which was often one of the only patches of public space in town.

All proceeds from Sunday in the Park benefit Historic Oakland Foundation’s mission to preserve, restore, enhance, and share Oakland Cemetery.

More information on Oakland Cemetery’s 2018 Sunday in the Park.

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