Oakland Cemetery is not just a final resting place for historic figures from Atlanta’s past — it’s also one of the largest public green spaces in Atlanta. That’s why Oakland’s gardens and park-like 48 acres are often the setting for fall festivals and other outdoor autumn events, many of them free and family-friendly.
This page will maintain a list of free and cheap events at Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta.
The cemetery grounds themselves are free to visit and open to the public daily from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
You can also find a full calendar of events at Oakland Cemetery’s website.
Sunday in the Park fall festival — September 29th
Sunday in the Park is Oakland Cemetery’s annual fall festival. It is FREE to attend.
The festival takes place on Sunday, September 29, 2019 from noon till 6 p.m.
The event is all about celebrating the history of Oakland, and the Victorian tradition of spending a day of leisure in a cemetery, as if it were a park.
Activities at the event will focus on Oakland Cemetery and the surrounding neighborhoods, exploring how the city has changed over time.
Come for the day and enjoy:
- performances by the Atlanta Opera
- performances by Big Bethel Heaven Bound Choir
- living history performances
- free tours
- more than mausoleums open to the public
- author talks and book signings
- live music at the Lion Square stage
- historic costume contest
- Children’s Zone
- Artists Market
- plant sale
- food truck
- pop-up performances and buskers
Parking is limited around Oakland. If you choose to bike there, you’ll find bike racks at both cemetery gates — just bring a lock.
No outside food or drink is allowed, per city ordinance.
For a full schedule and specific performance times check out the event signs around Oakland Cemetery during the event.
Oakland Cemetery is located in Southeast Atlanta, near the Grant Park neighborhood.