Costumed attendees at Oakland Cemetery’s Sunday in the Park. This is a great place to see Victorian dress, as well as a few SteamPunks.
By Sue Rodman
A cemetery may not be the first place you think of for a lovely Sunday in the Park, but Oakland Cemetery is no ordinary cemetery. This is one of my favorite places in Atlanta and on Sunday, Oct. 4, celebrate the annual Oakland Cemetery Sunday in the Park festival. Sunday in the Park is a Victorian street festival offering fun and entertainment for all ages. We went a few years ago and had a blast.
Oakland Cemetery Sunday in the Park Children’s Area
The children’s area features crafts and old-fashioned games. Oakland’s traditional Teddy Bear Tea entertains kids of all ages with storytelling. The Bubbleman is always a big hit and makes a repeat appearance.
The festival isn’t just for kids. Throughout the cemetery, guests will enjoy an artist market, living history demonstrations, storytellers, Irish dancers, and more! We even saw our preacher telling Uncle Remus stories!
Go on a Scavenger Hunt
Guests are encouraged to participate in the Victorian costume contest and photography contest. You can also win prizes in the Scavenger Hunt. Gather friends and form a team for a daylong scavenger hunt! Follow the cryptic clues and riddles to find the answers. Not all answers are literal, wordplay, clues and poetic license abound. Complete the clues any time during festival hours for a chance to win some fabulous prizes!
The video below is from several years ago, but it will give you an idea of what to expect in this ever evolving fall festival.