Families looking for fall activities need look no further than Oakland Cemetery. On September 24, Historic Oakland Foundation (HOF) will welcome visitors to its 45th annual fall festival, Sunday in the Park. This year HOF is once again combining its longest-running event with its annual Tunes from the Tombs music festival and welcoming headliners Fireside Collective and Jon Stickley Trio to its North Public Grounds stage along with local acts The Aint Sisters and Black Lion Reggae.
From noon to 7:30 p.m. Sunday in the Park attendees will find activities for all ages and interests, including living history theater performances, free cemetery tours, food trucks, live music, storytelling, a children’s zone, a historical costume contest, and more. The event also includes a market with one-of-a-kind wares from local artists. Tickets for the event went on sale June 15 at Eventbrite and are $5 off for HOF members.
New this year is a VIP option! Sunday in the Park VIP guests receive access to a reserved seating area at the Tunes from the Tombs main stage and can cool off in the newly restored Bell Tower. Exclusive to VIP ticketholders, the Bell Tower VIP Lounge has its own bar, air-conditioned seating and permanent restroom facilities, and two balconies offering gorgeous cemetery and Atlanta skyline views. VIP’s also enjoy two drink tickets good for beer, wine, or nonalcoholic beverages, light refreshments, and a commemorative Sunday in the Park 2023 poster designed by Caleb Morris.
“Sunday in the Park marks the start of the fall season in Atlanta every year, and this year’s event will offer all of the entertainment and fun that the public has come to expect after more than forty years of celebrations,” said Sandy White, HOF’s director of adult programming and volunteers.
Just over thirty percent of Oakland Cemetery has been restored in the Foundation’s forty-seven-year history. Proceeds from Sunday in the Park and other fall events allow the Foundation to continue its preservation efforts. “Oakland Cemetery is a vital resource to the city of Atlanta,” said Richard Harker, executive director of Historic Oakland Foundation. “In supporting Historic Oakland Foundation, whether by attending our events and tours, purchasing a membership, or making a donation, you are helping to ensure the future of Atlanta’s most unique historic site.”