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248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States

March 2019

Immigrant Stories of Yesterday and Today – Homeschool Program

March 29, 2019 @ 6:00 am - 8:00 am
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
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Discover the stories of Oakland residents who moved to the United States in search of a better life and made an impact on Atlanta. We’ll talk about the experiences of immigrants arriving to this country and dive into our own histories by making family trees. This is a Young Historians Homeschool Program. For more information, contact Marcy Breffle at mbreffle@oaklandcemetery.com or (404) 546-4039. Recommended for ages 7-11. Register: 

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Immigrant Stories of Yesterday and Today – Homeschool Program

March 29, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
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Discover the stories of Oakland residents who moved to the United States in search of a better life and made an impact on Atlanta. We’ll talk about the experiences of immigrants arriving to this country and dive into our own histories by making family trees. This is a Young Historians Homeschool Program. For more information, contact Marcy Breffle at mbreffle@oaklandcemetery.com or (404) 546-4039. Recommended for ages 7-11. Register:

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April 2019

Headstone Preservation Workshop

April 6, 2019 @ 4:30 am - 9:00 am
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
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Have you ever wanted to understand how to effectively care for a cemetery headstone or learn the correct techniques, tools, and methods for the preservation of small and medium-sized monuments and headstones? Join Historic Oakland Foundation’s PRO (Preservation, Restoration, Operations) team for a half-day headstone preservation workshop on April 6. During this immersive, hands-on course, you will learn essential cemetery conservation skills including small tombstone leveling, re-setting multi-piece monuments, and proper cleaning techniques. You will leave with the knowledge, skills, and…

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Spring Photo Walk

April 13, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
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Historic Oakland Cemetery is a showcase for Victorian funerary sculpture and architecture, a botanical preserve with cultivated gardens, and a stunning cultural landscape in the heart of Atlanta. Rich in subjects and scenes, Historic Oakland Cemetery is a photographer’s dream setting. Join other Oakland enthusiasts and photographers for a 90-minute photography walk through one of Atlanta’s oldest historic sites. Our experienced guides will provide hands-on instruction to capture the architectural details and design of these magnificent stone structures. This will…

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Earth Day – Homeschool Program

April 18, 2019 @ 6:00 am - 8:00 am
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
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Celebrate Earth Day with a special presentation about Georgia's bees. Go on a bee safari or play bird bingo. Make art from recycled materials! This is a Young Historians Homeschool Program. For more information, contact Marcy Breffle at mbreffle@oaklandcemetery.com or (404) 546-4039. Recommended for ages 7-11. Register: 

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May 2019

Love Stories of Oakland: Spring Date Night

May 3, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
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Grab your spring fling or longtime love and get to Oakland Cemetery for a unique outdoor date night - Love Stories of Oakland: Spring Date Night is back by popular demand! Enjoy more than 20 tour stops through Oakland’s Victorian garden cemetery as we recount the loves, lives, and losses of Atlantans of days past. Love Stories of Oakland also examines the symbolism of love and devotion found on monuments, headstones, and mausoleums throughout the grounds. 75-minute long tours will take place at 6:00, 6:15, 6:30,…

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Illumine 2019

May 9, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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One event on May 12, 2019 at 7:00 pm

Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
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Click here to learn about Illumine 2020 lllumine 2019 is an unforgettable interactive evening event for the whole family designed to (literally) shed light on the fascinating untold stories and unique beauty of Atlanta’s historic Oakland Cemetery. From May 9 - 12, ticket holders can grab a craft cocktail or soft drink as the sun goes down and wander with friends and family through a historic landscape alive with light and art. Conceptualized by local artists and designers, Illumine’s ethereal tableaux…

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Class: It’s All About the Orchids

May 18, 2019 @ 6:30 am - 8:00 am
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
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Orchids are gorgeous, long-blooming houseplants, and though many people worry that they are difficult to please, they're actually quite easy to care for. Our upcoming orchid class will prove it. Join us in the greenhouse Saturday, May 18 from 10:30 to noon for "It's All About the Orchids." Long-time orchid lover and Master Gardener Jim Hinkle will show you all you need to know to have success. He will help you understand what orchids need and how you can easily provide it in…

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Oakland All-Stars – Homeschool Program

May 23, 2019 @ 6:00 am - 8:00 am
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
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Go team! Atlanta is home to several college and pro teams (including Major League Soccer champs!), diehard fans, and many sports traditions – all of which is a part of Atlanta’s history and culture. Discover the origins of some of Atlanta’s teams and get your game on as we learn how to play a popular Victorian era-sport. This is a Young Historians Homeschool Program. For more information, contact Marcy Breffle at mbreffle@oaklandcemetery.com or (404) 546-4039. Recommended for ages 7-11. Register:…

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Tree Trek Scavenger Hunt

May 31, 2019 @ 5:00 am - June 5, 2019 @ 1:00 pm
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
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Test your tree knowledge during a tree-themed scavenger hunt throughout historic Oakland Cemetery! The Oakland Cemetery Tree Trek scavenger hunt will take place Friday, May 31 through Wednesday, June 5. No reservations are required to participate. Simply purchase your $20 Tree Trek packet (one per team) at the Visitors Center and Museum Shop (open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends) and follow the cryptic cemetery clues to solve riddles. The packet ($20)…

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June 2019

Tunes from the Tombs

June 8, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
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NOTICE: We've decided to shut down Tunes from the Tombs due to inclement weather. We have emailed ticketholders with refund information. Come and enjoy a day of incredible music in Atlanta's most unique music venue! What is Tunes from the Tombs? Now in its ninth year, Tunes from the Tombs is a day of incredible music and performances at one of the city’s most unique music venues: historic Oakland Cemetery. In addition to three stages of great talent, you can also…

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Juneteenth at Oakland Cemetery

June 15, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
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Update: 5:30 and 7:00 tours are currently full, but the 6:30 Gullah Geechee Ring Shouter performance is open to the public. If you wish to be added to the tour waitlist, please email mbreffle@oaklandcemetery.com. You will receive an email by Saturday morning if a space opens up. Originally celebrated in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865, Juneteenth is a nationally-recognized commemorative day celebrating the abolishment of slavery in the Confederate south at the end of the Civil War. Historic Oakland…

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Summer Photo Walk at Oakland Cemetery

June 15, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States

Historic Oakland Cemetery is a showcase for Victorian funerary sculpture and architecture, a botanical preserve with cultivated gardens, and a stunning cultural landscape in the heart of Atlanta. Rich in subjects and scenes, Historic Oakland Cemetery is a photographer’s dream setting. Join other Oakland enthusiasts and photographers for a 90-minute photography walk through one of Atlanta’s oldest historic sites. Our experienced guides will provide hands-on instruction to capture the architectural details and design of these magnificent stone structures. This will…

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July 2019

Flashlight Tour: Artists of Oakland

July 26, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
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From muralists to musicians and poets to performers, Atlanta is home to all kinds of creatives. Discover the stories of Oakland residents who shaped Atlanta's art and culture scene during an after-hours tour of the cemetery. Choose between two tours – “Writers of Oakland” or “Oakland's Music Makers” – and enjoy an evening in the cemetery. Your ticket includes a flashlight and a complimentary drink. The bar is open from 8:00 to 8:30, and the tour is 8:30-9:30. Note: Not…

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Contest: Design our Next Oakland Cemetery T-Shirt

July 29, 2019 - August 26, 2019
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States

Congrats to Heather Ozee, who won our 2019 t-shirt design contest!   Historic Oakland Foundation is holding a contest to design our next Oakland Cemetery t-shirt. Shirts with the winning design will be available for sale at our Sunday in the Park event on September 29 and distributed to event volunteers, and the creator of the winning design will receive $250! Tshirt designs should celebrate historic Oakland Cemetery and its value to the city of Atlanta as a historical site,…

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August 2019

Love Stories of Oakland: Summer Date Night

August 10, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States

Grab your summer fling or longtime love and get to Oakland Cemetery for a unique outdoor date night – Love Stories of Oakland: Summer Date Night is back by popular demand! Enjoy more than 20 tour stops through Oakland’s Victorian garden cemetery as we recount the loves, lives, and losses of Atlantans of days past. Love Stories of Oakland also examines the symbolism of love and devotion found on monuments, headstones, and mausoleums throughout the grounds. 75-minute long tours will take place at 5:30,…

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Flashlight Tour: Women of Oakland

August 16, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
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Pioneers, risk-takers, trailblazers, and icons. These words describe some of the legendary ladies laid to rest at Oakland Cemetery. Hear their stories and celebrate their accomplishments during a sunset tour of Oakland. Choose between two tours - "Black Magnolias" or "Women of Oakland" - and enjoy an evening in the cemetery. Black Magnolias: Explore the history, lives, and labors of Atlanta's African American women. Carrie Steele Logan, Ollivette Eugenia Smith Allison (grave photo above), and the Rucker ladies are a…

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Crypt Con

August 28, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
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Calling all Pokemon trainers, Stormtrooopers, wizards, Klingons, and folks of all fandoms! If you're in town early for the Con and looking for something fun for all ages, explore Atlanta's necropolis with a sunset tour of Oakland Cemetery. Located only a few MARTA stops away from the Con, Oakland is an outdoor museum of Atlanta's history with over 70,000 stories to tell. Oakland is also home to 20+ Pokestops and 3 gyms. Dinner Deal Grab dinner before the tour at…

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September 2019

Young Historians: History Comes Alive

September 6, 2019 @ 10:00 am
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One event on October 4, 2019 at 10:00 am

Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
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With more than 70,000 people buried in Oakland, there are thousands of stories waiting to be told. During this two-part homeschool program (September 6 and October 4), Young Historians will learn skills for creative writing, research and write about an Oakland “resident," and become a junior tour guide! Students MUST attend the September 6 program in order to participate in the October 4 program. Age: Recommended for ages 7-12. Experience a different side of Oakland Cemetery with Young Historians, Historic…

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Fall Plant Sale Member Preview

September 27, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
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Historic Oakland Foundation members get first pick of plants and flowers available for purchase at the annual Fall Plant Sale! Join us for a members-only pre-sale event on Friday, September 27 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. HOF memberships will be available for purchase at the door. For details on membership levels or to join online, click here. Can't make the Member Presale? The Fall Plant Sale is free and open to the public on Saturday, September 29 from 9 a.m.…

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October 2019

Flashlight Tour: Crime Through Time

October 3, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
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The October 3 Flashlight Tour tour is sold out. Check out our next flashlight tour on November 1. Crimes of passion, embezzlement scandals, premeditated murders, and cons that exposed city-wide corruption – Oakland Cemetery holds the history of crimes that rocked the city of Atlanta. The Crime Through Time Flashlight Tour explores our understanding of crime, criminals, and justice. Hear the stories of residents who committed, investigated, and fell victim to crimes during a sunset tour of Oakland Cemetery. Your ticket includes a flashlight…

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Flashlight Tour: Crime Through Time

October 4, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States

The October 4 Flashlight Tour tour is sold out. Check out our next flashlight tour on November 1. Crimes of passion, embezzlement scandals, premeditated murders, and cons that exposed city-wide corruption - Oakland Cemetery holds the history of crimes that rocked the city of Atlanta. The Crime Through Time Flashlight Tour explores our understanding of crime, criminals, and justice. Hear the stories of residents who committed, investigated, and fell victim to crimes during a sunset tour of Oakland Cemetery. Your ticket includes a flashlight…

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Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween Tours

October 17, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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One event on October 18, 2019 at 5:30 pm

One event on October 19, 2019 at 5:00 pm

One event on October 20, 2019 at 5:00 pm

One event on October 21, 2019 at 7:00 pm

One event on October 24, 2019 at 5:30 pm

One event on October 25, 2019 at 5:30 pm

One event on October 26, 2019 at 5:00 pm

One event on October 27, 2019 at 5:00 pm

Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
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Our Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween Tours, which sell out every July, are a favorite autumn tradition in Atlanta. Designed to enlighten rather than frighten, Capturing the Spirit of Oakland tours bring to life the stories of some of the cemetery’s notable residents and allow visitors to experience Oakland Cemetery after dark. A costumed docent guides you through the cemetery’s beautifully-lit Victorian Gardens where you’ll meet some of Oakland’s most notable residents. The evening also includes musical performances, and…

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November 2019

2019 Holiday Wreath Sale

November 1, 2019 - December 16, 2019
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
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From November 1 through December 16, order your fresh and fragrant Frasier fir wreaths from Historic Oakland Foundation’s annual wreath sale and decorate your home or family plot. The handcrafted wreaths are sourced from a North Carolina farm and come complete with a lovely red velvet ribbon. Embellish your wreath with a bundle of freshly picked mixed greenery harvested from Oakland's gardens, magnolia stems and more, also available for order. Preorder your wreath and Oakland Cemetery-sourced greenery online for best…

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Flashlight Tour: Georgia Tech and Oakland Cemetery

November 1, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States

Kick off Georgia Tech's Homecoming weekend with a sunset tour that explores the history of a humble trade school that became a nationally-ranked institute, a transformation that forever changed Atlanta and the South. Names like Henry Grady, Sam Inman, and Ivan Allen echo how the story of Atlanta has been intertwined and reflected in the history of Georgia Tech. Along the way, hear a little about the first glory days of Tech football, the RAT cap tradition and Margaret Mitchell’s…

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Young Historians: An Oakland Outing to Grant Park

November 14, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
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Although Oakland is considered Atlanta’s first green space, our neighbor to the south – Grant Park – holds the honor of the city’s oldest public park. Founded in 1883, Grant Park and the surrounding Victorian neighborhood is one of Atlanta’s most significant historic districts. Join us for a walking field trip around Grant Park and a special visit to the Lemuel P. Grant Mansion, the second oldest house in Atlanta and birthplace of Bobby Jones. Age: Recommended for ages 7-12.…

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The Harvest Hunt

November 23, 2019 @ 8:00 am - December 1, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
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Gather a group of family and friends for a day of cemetery sleuthing on this self-guided scavenger hunt throughout historic Oakland Cemetery! Purchase your Harvest Hunt packet (one per team) from Saturday, November 23 through Sunday, December 1 at the Visitors Center & Museum Shop (open weekdays 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and weekends 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.) and follow all-new cryptic clues to solve riddles. No reservations are required to participate. Please Note: Oakland’s Visitor Center & Museum…

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December 2019

Holiday Tour of Eternal Homes at Victorian Holiday

December 14, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
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Get in the spirit of the season and explore a few of Oakland's magnificent mausoleums on the Holiday Tour of Eternal Homes during Victorian Holiday! Led by a Victorian guide, this walking tour takes you on a “behind-the-stones” look at several of the cemetery’s mausoleums. Learn about these iconic stone structures while listening to the stories of the Oakland residents buried within. You will have the chance step inside each mausoleum and building, which are all decorated for the holidays by local artists…

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February 2020

Free Class: Getting Young Trees Off to a Good Start

February 22, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
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Learn how to buy, site, prune and care for trees that can beautify your property and add value to your home. This FREE class will answer these questions and cover the basics from how to select the right tree to the care it needs during the first few years. The class will start indoors at Oakland's Beaumont Allen Greenhouse to go over the basics and then move outdoors, weather permitting, for demonstrations and hands-on practice. It will be led by…

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Young Historians: A History Mystery

February 27, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
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Calling all detectives! There is a history mystery at Oakland Cemetery! Students will compete in challenges and solve riddles to unlock clues in search of a mysterious Oakland resident. Recommended for ages 7-12 Experience a different side of Oakland Cemetery with Young Historians, a monthly program for homeschool students. Each two-hour program explores a different topic and includes interactive games, hands-on activities, and tours designed to engage and educate. Programs will be held inside the Visitors Center and outside on the…

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Daffodil Day

February 29, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
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Each year the blooms of thousands of daffodils brighten the dreary days of late winter at Oakland.  Daffodil Day will celebrate these cheery blossoms when it returns to Oakland Cemetery on February 29. Join us for a day filled with beautiful flower and greenery displays, garden experts, and fun activities for all ages in Oakland Cemetery’s Victorian gardens. Daffodil Day is free and open to the public. Guided garden walks led by daffodil experts from 11:30 to 1:30 (meet at…

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March 2020

Successful Container Gardening

March 28, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
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Note: This class has been canceled due to concerns about COVID-19. All ticketholders will receive a refund. Seasonal containers can brighten your home or provide herbs for your kitchen. Containers aren’t difficult, and following a few basic rules will get your containers off to a good start. This class will cover plant selection, soils and everything else you need to know to have success with containers on your patio or balcony. The class will start at the Beaumont Allen Greenhouse…

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April 2020

Veggie and Herb Sale

April 8, 2020 @ 8:00 am - April 12, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
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This event had ended. Thanks for the overwhelming response! In response to COVID-19, we are “making Bloody Marys out of tomatoes” with an honor-system veggie and herb sale! Our popular Spring Plant Sale has been a great way for gardeners to get good deals on unique plants while enjoying Oakland’s gardens at one of the most beautiful times of the year. Unfortunately, we had to cancel this year's the Spring Plant Sale as it was originally planned due to COVID-19. Instead,…

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Illumine 2020

April 23, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - May 3, 2020 @ 10:30 pm
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
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We have canceled this year’s Illumine due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Refunds will be available to ticketholders. However, we hope you will consider foregoing your refund and donating the cost of your ticket to Historic Oakland Foundation. As a nonprofit, Historic Oakland Foundation depends on revenue from events like Illumine to fulfill our mission to preserve, restore, enhance, and share Oakland Cemetery. When we have to cancel an event, it can be a big financial blow for us. If you'd like to…

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Headstone Preservation Workshop

April 25, 2020 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
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Note: This event has been canceled due to COVID-19. Those who bought tickets will receive a refund. Learn basic headstone preservation techniques in a historic setting. This hands-on workshop taught by Historic Oakland Foundation preservation staff will teach you basic headstone preservation techniques. Learn how to properly assess monuments for stability and to carefully clean using safe materials. Discover techniques for resetting several common types of headstones. Participants should wear close-toed shoes, long pants, and gloves. They should bring water…

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May 2020

Online Daffodil Sale

May 11, 2020 @ 8:00 am - May 25, 2020 @ 11:59 pm
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
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Our online, no contact Daffodil Sale offers you the chance to plant some of Oakland's famous daffodils in your own garden. We're offering three classic, heirloom daffodils of southern gardens: All are tough survivors and, while they can endure years of neglect, they will reward a little care with many beautiful spring flowers. They should settle into your garden and provide beauty for generations to come. Left to right:Campernelle Narcissus, Lent Lily, Twin Sisters Narcissus About the Bulbs These bulbs…

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June 2020

Summer Scramble Scavenger Hunt

June 1, 2020 - July 31, 2020
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
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Gather a group of friends for a day of cemetery sleuthing on this self-guided scavenger hunt throughout historic Oakland Cemetery! Purchase your printable Summer Scramble packet online (one per team), download, print, and follow all-new cryptic clues to solve riddles. No reservations are required to participate. Choose from three different packets, organized by degree of cemetery riddle difficulty: Easy: Kid-friendly riddles and perfect for families (expected hunt time: 1 hour) Medium: Challenging, but not impossible to solve, riddles (Expected hunt…

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Author Talk: Akila McConnell

June 9, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States

Tune in to Historic Oakland Cemetery’s Facebook page at 6 p.m. on June 9 for a virtual author talk with Akila McConnell, author of A Culinary History of Atlanta. McConnell will join us in conversation about the relationship between food and culture in Atlanta and share insight into the writing of A Culinary History. As a special treat, attendees will receive 20% off copies of the book in Oakland’s online Museum Store through June 10. Author Bio: Akila McConnell is…

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Juneteenth at Oakland Cemetery

June 18, 2020 - June 19, 2020
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
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You're invited to take part in a two-day Juneteenth celebration! Originally celebrated in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865, Juneteenth is a nationally-recognized commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States. Join us as we remember the generations that suffered under the yoke of slavery and segregation and help us celebrate a future of action and equality for all.   Reflection and Remembrance Walk at Oakland. Thursday, June 18, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Cemeteries are spaces for the living to…

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July 2020

Virtual Photography Workshop

July 23, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - September 17, 2020 @ 8:30 pm
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States

This workshop is now sold out. Thanks for your interest and support! Rich in subjects and scenes, historic Oakland Cemetery is a photographer’s dream setting. Develop your camera skills with a five-part virtual workshop series from Historic Oakland Foundation! Historic Oakland Foundation is launching a new virtual photography workshop series. Led by photographers Ren Davis and Clay Fisher, this series of five classes will explore different photography genres with hands-on instruction. Whether you are a seasoned photographer or still learning…

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August 2020

Capturing the Spirit Halloween Tour Member Presale

August 1, 2020 - August 14, 2020
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
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We’re excited to announce that tickets for our Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween Tours will go on sale to Historic Oakland Foundation members on August 1, 2020. They’ll go on sale to the general public on August 15. Halloween Tour Dates October 15 October 16 October 17 October 18 October 22 October 23 October 24 October 25 October 26 - VIP Night October 29 October 30 October 31 November 1 We're implementing safety precautions for this year's tours: Masks…

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September 2020

Historical Costume Contest

September 20, 2020 - September 27, 2020
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States

Oakland’s beloved Sunday in the Park costume contest kicks off our virtual Sunday in the Park festivities this year. Whether Victorian, Roarin’ 20s or steampunk, we invite you to enter our virtual costume contest. How to submit your photo Take a photo or video of yourself in your costume and email it to mfernandez@oaklandcemetery.com by September 20th at 11:59 p.m. Include a few lines of text describing the inspiration for the costume, how you created it, and anything else you would…

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Museum Store Pop-Up Shop

September 27, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
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Shop the Museum Store's low-contact pop-up in front of Oakland's Bell Tower from noon to 6 p.m. We'll be featuring curated, one-of-a-kind wares and specialty items for fall and Halloween. Our Museum Store and Visitors Center have been closed since February, so this is a great chance to see what you've been missing! Credit/debit card only, please. Cash not accepted. Please note that there are no restrooms available at Oakland due to COVID-19.   Check out other virtual and on-site…

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October 2020

Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Film

October 5, 2020 - November 1, 2020
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States

Oakland Cemetery is bringing the award-winning Capturing the Spirit of Oakland™ tours to your living room. Grab a bag of popcorn and turn the lights down the lights to enjoy this annual Halloween tradition. Our tours are designed to enlighten, not frighten, so settle in with the family for amazing and eclectic stories of Oakland Cemetery. This year's tours include one of Atlanta’s first prison matrons, a Shakespearean actor who overcame a visual impairment, and one of the most prominent…

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Canceled: Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Tours

October 15, 2020 - November 1, 2020
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
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We are sad to announce that we are canceling the Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween tours for 2020. For each of our big special events, we are required to get a special event permit from the City of Atlanta. Unfortunately, with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the City is not currently issuing event permits. At checkout, you selected one of two options in case we had to cancel the tours: defer your ticket to Capturing the Spirit of Oakland 2021…

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November 2020

Holiday Hunt Scavenger Hunt

November 21, 2020 - January 3, 2021
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
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Gather a small group of friends or family for a day of cemetery sleuthing on this self-guided scavenger hunt throughout historic Oakland Cemetery! November 21 through January 3, purchase your printable Holiday Hunt packet online (one per team), download, print, and follow all-new cryptic clues to solve riddles. No reservations are required to participate. Choose from three different packets, organized by degree of cemetery riddle difficulty: Easy: Kid-friendly riddles and perfect for families (expected hunt time:1 hour) Medium: Challenging, but…

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December 2020

Holiday Green Market at Victorian Holiday

December 5, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on December 6, 2020 at 12:00 pm

Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
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Enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of the holiday season at our Holiday Green Market at Victorian Holiday on December 5 (11 - 4) and December 6 (12 - 4). Shop for seasonally embellished wreaths, garlands, specialty Christmas trees, and assorted greenery as well as other living holiday decor. Our tents will be brimming with beautiful natural products great for your own decorating or for gift giving. Plus, our team of professional designers will be glad to customize your wreaths or…

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Victorian Holiday

December 5, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on December 6, 2020 at 12:00 am

Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
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Indulge in the seasonal spirit at Oakland Cemetery! Returning for its sixth year, Victorian Holiday is a unique seasonal open house with holiday activities for the whole family! No tickets required. Holiday Green Market Enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of the holiday season. Shop for seasonally embellished wreaths, garlands, specialty Christmas trees, and assorted greenery as well as other living holiday decor. Our tents will be brimming with beautiful natural products great for your own decorating or for gift…

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Victorian Holiday

December 6, 2020 @ 12:00 am - December 7, 2020 @ 4:00 pm
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Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
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Indulge in the seasonal spirit at Oakland Cemetery! Returning for its sixth year, Victorian Holiday is a unique seasonal open house with holiday activities for the whole family! No tickets required. Holiday Green Market Enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of the holiday season. Shop for seasonally embellished wreaths, garlands, specialty Christmas trees, and assorted greenery as well as other living holiday decor. Our tents will be brimming with beautiful natural products great for your own decorating or for gift…

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Holiday Green Market at Victorian Holiday

December 6, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
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Enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of the holiday season at our Holiday Green Market at Victorian Holiday on December 5 (11 - 4) and December 6 (12 - 4). Shop for seasonally embellished wreaths, garlands, specialty Christmas trees, and assorted greenery as well as other living holiday decor. Our tents will be brimming with beautiful natural products great for your own decorating or for gift giving. Plus, our team of professional designers will be glad to customize your wreaths or…

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February 2021

Searching for Love: A Scavenger Hunt

February 5 - February 15
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
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Celebrate Valentine's Day with a family-friendly, love-themed scavenger hunt at historic Oakland Cemetery. February 5 - 15, purchase your printable Searching for Love packet online (one per team), download, print, and follow all-new cryptic clues to solve riddles. No reservations are required to participate. The Searching for Love packet ($20 plus tax) includes one self-guided tour map (a $5 value) that can be used on return visits. Don't want to print? When you purchase your packet, your receipt will contain…

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Daffodil Days

February 19 - March 13
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
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Each February and March thousands of daffodils bloom across Oakland's 48 acres. We're celebrating each and every one of them this year with three full weeks of Daffodil Days. Explore the most beautiful daffodil displays at Oakland through March 13 with our new downloadable map. Signage throughout the cemetery grounds will share a few of the origin stories behind Oakland’s beautiful and historic bulbs.Get the MapPlus Shop daffodil and garden-themed merch on sale at our online Museum Store. Read about…

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Camellia Sale

February 19 @ 8:00 am - March 3 @ 9:00 am
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States

Camellias' showy winter blooms cheer even the dreariest of days. We're sharing these special plants with you in our first-ever online camellia sale! Through March 5, shop a selection of camellia plants on our website. These 3-gallon, classic heirloom plants are proven performers in the southern garden. Thank you for your support! Oakland's Camellia Sale has ended.   Pick Up Information Thank you for supporting Oakland’s gardens with your online Camellia Sale purchase! Please read ALL of the following information…

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Kyle Brooks Book Talk

February 20 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States

Join us online February 20 at 3 p.m. for a free, fun and informative chat with local artist Kyle Brooks, a.k.a. Black Cat Tips, as he discusses his first book, Smile A While. This timely and nurturing book features page after page of the unique and colorful artwork Black Cat Tips is known for and offers simple reminders of things you can do to be a little happier, and in his own words, to "remember the simplicity of saying “HI”…

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March 2021

Phoenix Flies Free Preservation Tour

March 19 @ 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm
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One event on March 20, 2021 at 11:00 am

Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
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Learn about ongoing preservation and conservation efforts at Oakland with a FREE behind-the-stones tour led by Oakland preservation staff on March 19 from 5:30 to 6:45  p.m. and March 20 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. These free tours, which are brought to you by the Atlanta Preservation Center’s Phoenix Flies program, are limited to ten attendees per tour. Masks are required. Tours will begin at Oakland's main gate. Spots fill up quickly. Reserve yours starting Monday, March 1: Reserve…

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Spring Scramble Scavenger Hunt

March 20 - May 31
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
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Gather a small group of friends or family for a day of cemetery sleuthing on this self-guided scavenger hunt throughout historic Oakland Cemetery! March 20 through May 31, purchase your printable Spring Scramble packet online (one per team), download, print, and follow all-new cryptic clues to solve riddles. Don’t want to print? When you purchase your packet, your receipt will contain a link to access an online version of the hunt. We'll post the links to the packets here on…

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Phoenix Flies Free Preservation Tour

March 20 @ 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
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One event on March 20, 2021 at 11:00 am

Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
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Learn about ongoing preservation and conservation efforts at Oakland with a FREE behind-the-stones tour led by Oakland preservation staff on March 19 from 5:30 to 6:45  p.m. and March 20 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. These free tours, which are brought to you by the Atlanta Preservation Center’s Phoenix Flies program, are limited to ten attendees per tour. Masks are required. Tours will begin at Oakland's main gate. Spots fill up quickly. Reserve yours starting Monday, March 1: Reserve…

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April 2021

The Clover Whiskey: A Fundraiser

April 8 @ 8:00 am - April 18 @ 6:30 pm
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States

In partnership with our neighbor, My Friends Bottle Shop, Historic Oakland Foundation is excited to announce the release of a special-edition bottle of The Clover Whiskey! Oakland Cemetery is the final resting place of golf legend Bobby Jones, and his legacy and passion for whiskey are celebrated in the premium whiskey of The Clover. The brand is named for the four-leaf medallion that was given to Jones by his mother to wear during every round for good luck. Each bottle…

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Spring Plant Sale Member Preview

April 9 @ 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
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Historic Oakland Foundation members are invited to a special members-only preview of our Spring Plant Sale on April 9 at Oakland’s Beaumont Allen Greenhouse. The Spring Plant Sale will be open to the general public by reservation on Saturday, April 10. In order to maintain a safe number of shoppers at any given time and to avoid customers having to wait in long lines, we have implemented a ticketing system to reserve a time slot. The first reservation time slot…

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Spring Plant Sale

April 10 @ 9:00 am - 1:30 pm
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States

Shop a great selection of interesting and hard-to-find plants at Historic Oakland Foundation's Spring Plant Sale! The sale will take place at Oakland Cemetery's Beaumont Allen Greenhouse on Saturday, April 10 with a special members-only presale April 9. In order to maintain a safe number of patrons shopping at any given time and to avoid customers having to wait in long lines, we have implemented a ticketing system to reserve a time slot. The first reservation time slot on Saturday,…

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Hidden History of Old Atlanta: Author Talk

April 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States

Join us on April 22nd at 7:00 p.m. for a free virtual chat with author Mark Pifer as he discusses his book, Hidden History of Old Atlanta. Long obscured by larger historic events and the passages of time, the little-known facts presented by Mark will deepen your understanding of Atlanta's past, including events from more recent times. Mark will be joined by Jim Auchmutey, who wrote the introduction to this fascinating new book on Atlanta history.   About the book: Old Atlanta…

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May 2021

Arts at Oakland

May 21 @ 7:00 am - May 31 @ 7:00 pm
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
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Arts at Oakland 2021, happening May 21 through 31, showcases the work of six amazing regional artists in five installations across Oakland Cemetery via a self-guided map. The artistic installations will highlight the hidden stories that can be found within the gardens and architecture of Oakland Cemetery. We invite the public to explore the installations from dawn to dusk free of charge or take a ticketed weekend tour. Get the Arts at Oakland Map Guided Tours Explore Arts at Oakland…

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June 2021

Remembrance as Resistance: Preserving Black Narratives

June 19 @ 8:00 am - July 11 @ 8:00 pm
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
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From Saturday, June 19, through July 11 in commemoration of Juneteenth, Flux Projects will present Charmaine Minniefield’s Remembrance as Resistance: Preserving Black Narratives, honoring the unmarked graves in Oakland's historic African American Burial Grounds Through this project, Minniefield celebrates the Ring Shout, a traditional African American worship and gathering practice, whose origins in West African ritual and ceremony predate slavery. Minniefield explores evidence of its survival in contemporary dance, music, and spoken word as a testament to the resilience of…

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Iris Rhizome Sale

June 21 - July 5
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
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Shop our Iris Rhizome Sale online from June 21 through July 5 Oakland Cemetery is home to more than 150 varieties of irises, many of which are heirloom varieties dating to the early 1800s. We divide our iris every few years to keep them blooming heavily. Many of the extras are planted on the grounds, but we often have extra rhizomes to share. Here's your chance to showcase some of Oakland's unique and historic Irises in YOUR garden! The rhizomes…

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August 2021

History, Mystery, and Mayhem

August 7 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
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Discover stories that defy explanation during this 75-minute guided tour of Oakland Cemetery! With more than 70,000 souls interred in its hallowed grounds, it’s no mystery that Oakland Cemetery has its share of the surreal. Hear the stories that defy explanation, from mysterious murders to tragic events that have passed into local legend. This tour starts outside of the Bell Tower Building (at the Visitors Center and Museum Shop) at 10:30 AM. Please arrive a few minutes early to check…

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Oakland’s All-Stars: Sports Legends of Atlanta

August 8 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
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Discover stories of hometown heroes and sports legends during this 75-minute guided tour of Oakland Cemetery! Go team! Atlanta is home to five major sports teams, several powerhouse universities, and diehard fans who celebrate buzzer beaters, photo finishes, home runs, and hole-in-ones. Discover the origins of some of Atlanta’s most beloved sports teams and hear stories of professional athletes, passionate amateurs, team builders, Olympic supporters, and sports fans of every kind. Don’t forget to bring a golf ball for a…

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Victorian Symbolism

August 14 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
Free

From angels to anchors, learn all about grave symbols and death culture during this 75-minute guided tour of Oakland Cemetery! The Victorians were obsessed with death. From rules on mourning outfits to post-mortem photography, the Victorians had elaborate rituals and traditions to grieve and process death. The ornamentation and symbols found in cemeteries reflect this death culture. From sleeping lambs to weeping angels, every symbol has a different meaning. Discover the many botanical, secular, and religious symbols at Oakland, and…

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Fear and Accusation: The Leo Frank Story

August 15 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
Free

Learn how several Oakland residents were involved in this Atlanta tragedy during this 75-minute guided tour. This tour begins and ends with a murder. In the early hours of April 27, 1913, the body of 13-year-old Mary Phagan was discovered in the basement of Atlanta’s National Pencil Factory. Leo Frank, the factory superintendent and a Jewish man from New York, was accused of the heinous crime and tried on evidence that was questionable at best. Class tensions, anti-Semitism, and mob…

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From Terminus to Terminals: People Who Put Atlanta in Motion

August 21 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
Free

From train disasters to hot air balloons piloted by daredevil dentists, learn about ATL transportation on this 75-minute guided tour! How did a rural railroad crossing known as Terminus evolve into the home of the world's busiest airport terminals? As far back as the early 1800s, when this area was nothing but forest, Georgia leaders recognized its ideal location as a connecting point to the west and the Piedmont region. From train disasters to bicycle clubs to hot air balloons…

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The Jewish Grounds of Oakland

August 22 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
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Visit Oakland's three Jewish burial sections and learn about Atlanta Jewish history during this 75-minute guided tour! Oakland Cemetery is home to three Jewish burial sections, including the second old Jewish burial ground in Georgia. This tour examines notable residents, Jewish burial customs, and symbolism found throughout these grounds. Hear stories of adversity and triumph as waves of Jewish immigrants and families arrived in Atlanta, adapted to the culture of Victorian America, and created a vibrant and active community. This…

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Sights, Symbols, and Stories Overview Tour 10/27

August 25 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
Free

Explore the history, gardens, and funerary art of Oakland Cemetery with a 90-minute guided walking tour! Discover the history, the Victorian gardens, and the art and architecture that give Oakland its distinctive character. Oakland is an outdoor museum of Atlanta’s history with over 70,000 residents. Meet the trailblazers, builders, creators, and characters who call Oakland home. Join one of our knowledgeable and entertaining guides for a 90-minute walking tour through Atlanta’s past and present. Tours meet outside of the Bell…

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Oakland’s Music Makers

August 28 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
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Discover the stories of prodigies, bandmasters, a dance club DJ, a beloved family songbird, and more on this musically-inclined tour! From spiritual songwriters to country legends, Oakland Cemetery’s musical roots are deep and far-reaching. This tour spotlights noted Atlanta musicians buried here and examines how some of the cemetery’s architecture tunes into musical themes. Discover the stories of musical prodigies, Civil War bandmasters, a dance club DJ, a beloved family songbird, and more on this musically-inclined tour. This tour starts…

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The Women of Oakland

August 29 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
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This 75-minute tour challenges the myth of Southern womanhood by uncovering the true social and personal histories of Atlanta’s women. Early Atlanta might have been a man’s world, but this city was built with the labor of women. From writers and domestic servants to reformers and mothers, Oakland Cemetery is home to thousands of women. Some defied social expectations or worked against racial discrimination to become trailblazers. Others created support systems that made change possible. All dealt with the issues,…

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September 2021

Epitaphs: The Immortality of Words

September 4 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
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Join us as we explore some of the fascinating epitaphs that grace the monuments of Oakland. How would you like to be remembered? Victorians gave considerable thought to this concept. An epitaph is described as “a statement commemorating or epitomizing a deceased person.” Join us as we explore some of the fascinating epitaphs that grace the monuments of Oakland. Whether brief or rambling, poignant or humorous, all provide insight into the person’s life. It’s certain you’ll walk away with a…

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Pioneers of Atlanta

September 5 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
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Meet the founding sons and daughters of a town originally known as “Terminus" in this 75-minute guided tour. Meet the founding sons and daughters of a town originally known as “Terminus” – farmers, politicians, saloon owners, lawyers, nurses, gunslingers, and entrepreneurs who made up Atlanta’s founding community. Hear stories of accomplishments, failures, civil strife, and cooperation as you wander through the graves of early Atlanta pioneers. This tour starts outside of the Bell Tower Building (at the Visitors Center and…

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Love Stories of Oakland

September 10 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
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Love never dies at Oakland Cemetery! Grab your summer love for a unique outdoor date at Oakland Cemetery. Enjoy a walk through Oakland’s Victorian garden cemetery as we recount the loves of Atlantans of days past. Discover the symbolism of love found on monuments throughout the grounds and stories of devotion that extend into the afterlife. The 75-minute tour will start at Oakland Cemetery's main entrance and end at the Bell Tower.   Get tickets   Historic Oakland Foundation members…

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Black Magnolias

September 11 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
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This guided walking tour explores the history, lives, and labors of Atlanta’s African American women. Historically, many African American women worked as maids, child nurses, cooks, and laundresses—all while managing their own households. As educational opportunities became available following the Civil War and emancipation, African American women aspired to occupations beyond domestic service. Many sought jobs as educators and nurses. Others with access to advanced education became lawyers and physicians. With increasing economic stability, more African American women became stay-at-home…

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Margaret Mitchell and Gone with the Wind

September 12 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
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This tour visits the gravesites of Margaret Mitchell, Mitchell family members, and pioneers who inspired Gone with the Wind characters. Scarlett and Rhett, fiddle-dee-dee, and “frankly my dear”—Margaret Mitchell didn’t know how much of an impact she would have on popular culture when her Civil War novel, Gone with the Wind, was published in 1936. The Pulitzer Prize-winning novel sold more than 1 million copies in its first six months of publication, has been published in 40+ languages, and was…

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Boys of Summer Baseball

September 18 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
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On May 12, 1866, the Gate City Nine and the Atlanta Baseball Club took to the field to play the first baseball game in Atlanta. Imagine looking west beyond the main gates of Oakland to a lush patch of green grass complete with a baseball diamond. Beyond the playing field is a city devastated and still emotionally smoldering from General Sherman’s fires. Red flags hang from the doors of homes housing people with smallpox. It is May 12, 1866 and…

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Art and Architecture of Death

September 19 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
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Discover how architectural and design choices made during life created a lasting and eternal legacy for many Oakland residents. People have sought to honor the memory of departed loved ones since ancient times, but the 19th century ushered in a new era of funerary art. Innovative building materials came available and styles changed to reflect the popular architecture of the day, such as Egyptian and Gothic Revival. New money meant bigger and bolder memorials to reflect the social status and…

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Fall Plant Sale

September 25 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
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Shop a great selection of interesting and hard-to-find plants at Historic Oakland Foundation’s Fall Plant Sale! The sale will take place at Oakland Cemetery’s Beaumont Allen Greenhouse on Saturday, September 25 with a special members-only presale on September 24.   ReservationsReserve Your SpotIn order to maintain a safe number of patrons shopping at any given time and to avoid customers having to wait in long lines, we have implemented a ticketing system to reserve a time slot. The reservation time…

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Oakland and the Civil War

September 25 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
Free

This tour explores the lives of soldiers who fought, civilians who survived, and military leaders in the nation’s bloodiest conflict. Stand at the site where General Hood watched the Battle of Atlanta. Hear the story of the Great Locomotive Chase and Andrew’s Raiders. See the Lion of Atlanta as it lies wounded and dying over unknown soldiers from nearby battlefields and hospitals, and the Confederate Obelisk, at one time the tallest structure in Atlanta. This tour explores the lives of…

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Sunday in the Park ft. Tunes from the Tombs

September 26 @ 12:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
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Sunday in the Park returns for its 43rd year on Sunday, September 26, celebrating our community and all things Oakland. This year’s event also hosts our annual Tunes from the Tombs music festival! Enjoy the sunset over the Atlanta skyline as the music flows from Oakland’s North Public Grounds. Headlining this year’s Tunes from the Tombs music festival are The Original Wailers and Jupiter Coyote. You'll also enjoy pop-up performances throughout the day. Just as the Victorians brought blankets and…

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October 2021

Haunted Hunt Scavenger Hunt

October 1 @ 8:00 am - October 31 @ 7:30 pm
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States

Gather a small group of friends or family for a day of spooky sleuthing on this self-guided scavenger hunt throughout historic Oakland Cemetery! From October 1-31, purchase your printable Haunted Hunt packet online (one per team), download, print, and follow all-new cryptic clues to solve riddles. You can also do the hunt online. See your email receipt for a link. No reservations are required to participate.Choose from three different packets, organized by degree of cemetery riddle difficulty: Easy: Kid-friendly riddles…

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Sights, Symbols, and Stories Overview Tour 10/2

October 2 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
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Free

Explore the history, gardens, and funerary art of Oakland Cemetery with a 90-minute guided walking tour! Discover the history, the Victorian gardens, and the art and architecture that give Oakland its distinctive character. Oakland is an outdoor museum of Atlanta’s history with over 70,000 residents. Meet the trailblazers, builders, creators, and characters who call Oakland home. Join one of our knowledgeable and entertaining guides for a 90-minute walking tour through Atlanta’s past and present. Tours meet outside of the Bell…

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We Shall Overcome: African American Stories from Civil War to Civil Rights

October 2 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
Free

This 75-minute guided tour explores the lives and accomplishments of outstanding and ordinary African Americans in Atlanta. “We Shall Overcome” became the anthem of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, but the origin of the song dates back to antebellum days and a spiritual sung by enslaved people, “No More Auction Block for Me.” This tour explores the lives and accomplishments of outstanding and ordinary African Americans who fought to overcome the effects of slavery and discrimination to help…

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Sights, Symbols, and Stories Overview Tour 10/3

October 3 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
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Free

Explore the history, gardens, and funerary art of Oakland Cemetery with a 90-minute guided walking tour! Discover the history, the Victorian gardens, and the art and architecture that give Oakland its distinctive character. Oakland is an outdoor museum of Atlanta’s history with over 70,000 residents. Meet the trailblazers, builders, creators, and characters who call Oakland home. Join one of our knowledgeable and entertaining guides for a 90-minute walking tour through Atlanta’s past and present. Tours meet outside of the Bell…

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Fifty Ways to Die

October 3 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
Free

From disease outbreaks to battlefield wounds to murders in broad daylight, this tour traces the myriad ways Oakland residents died in the 19th century. Early Atlanta was not a sleepy southern community – it had more in common with the Wild West. Life in this railroad town often ended in violence or tragedy. Diseases spread rapidly thanks to Atlanta’s humid climate and swampy land. While advances in medicine were made, like the discovery of germ theory and anesthesia, doctors also…

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Sights, Symbols, and Stories Overview Tour 10/6

October 6 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
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Free

Explore the history, gardens, and funerary art of Oakland Cemetery with a 90-minute guided walking tour! Discover the history, the Victorian gardens, and the art and architecture that give Oakland its distinctive character. Oakland is an outdoor museum of Atlanta’s history with over 70,000 residents. Meet the trailblazers, builders, creators, and characters who call Oakland home. Join one of our knowledgeable and entertaining guides for a 90-minute walking tour through Atlanta’s past and present. Tours meet outside of the Bell…

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14th Annual Run Like Hell 5K

October 9 @ 8:00 am - October 15 @ 11:00 am
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
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Register now for Historic Oakland Foundation for the 14th annual Run Like Hell (live and virtual) 5K! Register Now   The largest cemetery run in the country, Run Like Hell is one of Atlanta’s favorite neighborhood 5K fundraisers, with all proceeds going to the restoration and preservation of Historic Oakland Cemetery. This year's race returns with both a live and a virtual format, with an extended run to allow for physical distancing and expanded access. In-Person 5K The in-person portion…

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Sights, Symbols, and Stories Overview Tour 10/9

October 9 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
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Free

Explore the history, gardens, and funerary art of Oakland Cemetery with a 90-minute guided walking tour! Discover the history, the Victorian gardens, and the art and architecture that give Oakland its distinctive character. Oakland is an outdoor museum of Atlanta’s history with over 70,000 residents. Meet the trailblazers, builders, creators, and characters who call Oakland home. Join one of our knowledgeable and entertaining guides for a 90-minute walking tour through Atlanta’s past and present. Tours meet outside of the Bell…

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Bell Tower Boutique: A Pop-Up Shop

October 9 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
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The Museum Store at historic Oakland Cemetery is pleased to partner with local artisans for our Fall Bell Tower Boutique! Support local craftspeople and artists by joining us on Saturday, October 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Oakland's Bell Tower. Browse a curated selection of handcrafted goods specially chosen for this exclusive pop-up event. From handmade jewelry to botanical fiberworks, you're sure to find that perfect item for yourself or someone else! Participating artists include: Custom Cutlery by…

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Sights, Symbols, and Stories Overview Tour 10/9

October 9 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
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Free

Explore the history, gardens, and funerary art of Oakland Cemetery with a 90-minute guided walking tour! Discover the history, the Victorian gardens, and the art and architecture that give Oakland its distinctive character. Oakland is an outdoor museum of Atlanta’s history with over 70,000 residents. Meet the trailblazers, builders, creators, and characters who call Oakland home. Join one of our knowledgeable and entertaining guides for a 90-minute walking tour through Atlanta’s past and present. Tours meet outside of the Bell…

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Pumpkin Patch at Oakland Cemetery

October 9 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
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We invite you to join us for our second annual Pumpkin Patch at Oakland Cemetery Saturday, October 9 and Sunday, October 10 from 11:00 AM until 3:00 PM This family-friendly, low-contact sale will feature a variety of pumpkins perfect for your fall and Halloween decor, ranging from large carvers to decorative and unique gourds. Plus, shop curated fall and Halloween wares at our Museum Store Pop-up Shop. Photo Opportunities Bring the family for a fantastic photo opportunity. Oakland’s Richards Mausoleum,…

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Sights, Symbols, and Stories Overview Tour 10/10

October 10 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
Free

Explore the history, gardens, and funerary art of Oakland Cemetery with a 90-minute guided walking tour! Discover the history, the Victorian gardens, and the art and architecture that give Oakland its distinctive character. Oakland is an outdoor museum of Atlanta’s history with over 70,000 residents. Meet the trailblazers, builders, creators, and characters who call Oakland home. Join one of our knowledgeable and entertaining guides for a 90-minute walking tour through Atlanta’s past and present. Tours meet outside of the Bell…

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Crime Through Time

October 10 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
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Crimes of passion, embezzlement scandals, premeditated murders, and cons that exposed city-wide corruption – Oakland Cemetery holds the history of crimes that rocked the city of Atlanta. Crime Through Time explores our understanding of crime, criminals, and justice. This tour starts outside of the Bell Tower Building (at the Visitors Center and Museum Shop) at 10:30 AM. Please arrive a few minutes early to check in with the volunteer at the front desk. Spaces are extremely limited, so we recommend…

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Pumpkin Patch at Oakland Cemetery

October 10 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
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We invite you to join us for our second annual Pumpkin Patch at Oakland Cemetery Saturday, October 9 and Sunday, October 10 from 11:00 AM until 3:00 PM This family-friendly, low-contact sale will feature a variety of pumpkins perfect for your fall and Halloween decor, ranging from large carvers to decorative and unique gourds. Plus, shop curated fall and Halloween wares at our Museum Store Pop-up Shop. Photo Opportunities Bring the family for a fantastic photo opportunity. Oakland’s Richards Mausoleum,…

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Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween Tours

October 14 @ 9:00 am - October 31 @ 11:59 pm
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
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Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween tours are a favorite autumn tradition in Atlanta, selling out every year in July. The event returns for its 15th year bigger and better than ever, offering three weekends of history and delight from October 14 through October 31. Designed to enlighten rather than frighten, Capturing the Spirit of Oakland tours bring to life the stories of some of the cemetery’s notable and notorious residents and allow visitors to experience Oakland Cemetery after dark.…

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Sights, Symbols, and Stories Overview Tour 10/17

October 17 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
Free

Explore the history, gardens, and funerary art of Oakland Cemetery with a 90-minute guided walking tour! Discover the history, the Victorian gardens, and the art and architecture that give Oakland its distinctive character. Oakland is an outdoor museum of Atlanta’s history with over 70,000 residents. Meet the trailblazers, builders, creators, and characters who call Oakland home. Join one of our knowledgeable and entertaining guides for a 90-minute walking tour through Atlanta’s past and present. Tours meet outside of the Bell…

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Sights, Symbols, and Stories Overview Tour 10/20

October 20 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
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Free

Explore the history, gardens, and funerary art of Oakland Cemetery with a 90-minute guided walking tour! Discover the history, the Victorian gardens, and the art and architecture that give Oakland its distinctive character. Oakland is an outdoor museum of Atlanta’s history with over 70,000 residents. Meet the trailblazers, builders, creators, and characters who call Oakland home. Join one of our knowledgeable and entertaining guides for a 90-minute walking tour through Atlanta’s past and present. Tours meet outside of the Bell…

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