Discover the beauty, art, and history of Oakland Cemetery by attending one of our special events. Our award-winning arts exhibitions, music festivals, wildly popular Capturing the Spirit Halloween Tours, and other events draw thousands of attendees each year and are designed to inspire and educate the public about the history of Atlanta and of the cemetery.
Historic Oakland Foundation’s special events are often visitors’ first introduction to Oakland Cemetery’s beautiful and historic 48 acres. It might seem strange, at first, to hang out in a cemetery, but recreation in cemeteries is nothing new. In fact, picturesque cemeteries like Oakland were designed as public spaces, and in the second half of the 19th century, city dwellers visited them when they needed to get away from the hustle and bustle. They were popular spots for picnics, walks, and more. Our events reflect the notion of a cemetery as a public park and support our mission to maintain Oakland Cemetery as a sanctuary for history, education, inspiration, and recreation.
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Back before cities built public parks, people would bring a picnic basket and some musical instruments (and maybe a few adult libations) to the local cemetery and revere the dead by celebrating life in what was often one of the only patches of public space…
Historic Oakland Foundation’s special events and programs attract a wide range of visitors, from Atlanta natives to newcomers to those only in town for a weekend. As a centerpiece of the Grant Park neighborhood, it’s no wonder that Oakland Cemetery draws attendees from primarily intown neighborhoods, with the majority of visitors hailing from Grant Park, Cabbagetown, Old Fourth Ward, Mechanicsville, Summerhill, Boulevard Heights, and East Atlanta.
Your support as a sponsor is invaluable to Historic Oakland Foundation. Whether with a financial contribution or an in-kind donation of product or services, you help sustain Oakland Cemetery while aligning your brand with a treasured Atlanta landmark.
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