On Sunday, Oct. 5, Atlanta’s Oakland Cemetery turns back the clock to the Victorian era at the 35th annual Sunday In the Park festival. From noon to 6 p.m., the city’s oldest cemetery will be bustling with music, dancing and more, all with Victorian flair!
Of course, no festival is complete without delicious fare, and Sunday In the Park will feature food trucks to suit every fancy. Atlanta establishments like The Varsity and Six Feet Under will be dishing up classics alongside newcomers Pallookaville, Mighty Meatballs and W.O.W! After a hearty meal, cool down with a unique frozen treat from Al A Carte Frozen Bananas.
More than 10 bands will perform throughout the day, alongside storytellers, dancers and street performers. Here’s our roundup of the must-do activities during this one-of-a-kind Sunday funday:
Peek inside Oakland’s mausoleums
Only at Sunday In the Park are Oakland Cemetery’s intricate mausoleums unsealed and opened to the public. Visit the vaults and marvel at the craftsmanship that went into creating the final resting place for some of Atlanta’s sons and daughters.
Make a toast at the Teddy Bear Tea
Gather the kiddos for storytelling and a spot of tea with Miss Sara Dipp-A-Tea. The Teddy Bear Tea is a Sunday In the Park tradition not to be missed!
Have an excuse to wear petticoats
Channel your inner Southern belle or bust out your steampunk threads and get in on the fun during the Victorian costume contest at Lion Square. All iterations of Victorian garb are welcome!
Tour like a Victorian
It’s not every day that you can visit a Victorian cemetery from atop a carriage. Get a one-of-a-kind view of Oakland’s historic grounds on a horse-drawn carriage ride that evokes days gone by.
Show off your skills
Professional and amateur shutterbugs alike can show their best shots at this exhibition. Top spots in the color and black-and-white categories win $100 gift cards to Ruth’s Chris Steak House.
Give the gift of green
Oakland’s plant sale will have heirloom roses, garden mums, Don Shadow’s Rose of Sharon and many more specimens ready to take home. And for those of you with two brown thumbs, remember that plants are always a lovely gift!
All Sunday In the Park proceeds benefit the Historic Oakland Foundation, which maintains Oakland Cemetery in partnership with the City of Atlanta. For more details, visit www.oaklandcemetery.com.