Q: What can I do at Sunday in the Park?
A: Historic Oakland Foundation’s 39th annual Victorian-inspired fall festival offers activities for all ages and interests, including: living history demonstrations and presentations on Victorian mourning customs; kid’s crafts and storytelling; a Victorian costume contest; tintype photography booth; and much more. Bands and dancers will perform throughout the day, and Sunday in the Park also includes a market with wares from over 20 local artists.
There’s something for everyone at Oakland’s signature fall festival. To view a full event schedule and map, please click here.
This year HOF commemorates its 40th anniversary, which is incorporated throughout this year’s Sunday in the Park festivities. During the event Oakland will be divided into four historical eras spanning 1850 to the present. Each era features informational panels detailing Oakland and Atlanta history, as well as costumed docents who can answer questions about their respective eras. Be sure to visit each era and get your program passport stamped to take home a gift pack* from some favorite intown businesses.
*Offer available while supplies last.
Q: Is Sunday in the Park free?
A: In celebration of HOF’s milestone 40th anniversary, this year’s Sunday in the Park fall festival is a neighborhood celebration that is free and open to the public! All proceeds from Sunday in the Park benefit HOF’s mission to preserve, restore, enhance, and share Oakland Cemetery. Donations are welcome as we aim to raise $40,000 in 40 days to celebrate HOF’s 40th anniversary.
Q: What if it rains on Sunday?
A: Sunday in the Park is a rain or shine event.
Q: I don’t have any cash; will I be able to use a credit card instead?
A: Yes. Sunday in the Park accepts credit and debit card payments via Square. It is up to each artist market vendor to choose their preferred method of payment, but many accept credit/debit cards as well. Please note parking in the MARTA parking lot is cash only (see below).
Q: Where should I park my car?
A: Parking will be available for $5 (cash only) at the MARTA lot on Grant Street. We strongly encourage attendees to walk, bike, carpool or utilize MARTA. Oakland Cemetery is conveniently located just minutes away from the King Memorial rail station.
Handicap parking is available in the lot at Oakland Cemetery’s gates, at the intersection of Oakland Avenue and Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive.
Q: Where do I put my bike during Sunday in the Park?
A: Bike racks will be located at Oakland Cemetery’s main gate (at the intersection of Oakland Avenue and Martin Luther King Boulevard). Please do not ride your bike through Oakland after you’ve entered the gates for Sunday in the Park.
Q: Can I bring my dog to Sunday in the Park?
A: No. Pets are not permitted at special events at Oakland Cemetery (with the exception of service animals) per City of Atlanta ordinance.
Q: Is Oakland Cemetery a non-smoking venue?
A: Yes, as a City of Atlanta public park, Oakland Cemetery prohibits smoking on its grounds.
Q: Can I bring a blanket or chair to Sunday in the Park?
A: Yes, you can bring blankets to enjoy the festivities. We ask that you please be mindful of other festival-goers and bring low chairs with a backrest below the neck.
Q: Can I bring a picnic to Sunday in the Park?
A: Outside food and drink will not be permitted. Sunday in the Park includes food trucks and soft drinks, beer, and wine will be available for purchase. If you have dietary restrictions, please contact food trucks directly to ensure their menu aligns with your needs. Alternatively, consider visiting one of our neighborhood restaurants before or after Sunday in the Park. Food trucks include:
Q: Can I visit Oakland Cemetery for a tour during Sunday in the Park?
A: The 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. “Sights, Symbols & Stories of Oakland” overview tour and 6:30 special topic tour will not be offered on Sunday, Oct. 1.
Sunday in the Park includes the opportunity to take a variety of 30-minute, mini-tours, which begin at the Out in the Rain fountain near the Bell Tower, unless otherwise noted. Be sure to pick up an event program for a schedule of tours offered at Sunday in the Park, or click here to view the event schedule online.
Q: How do I enter the Victorian costume contest?
A: Arrive in costume and register at Lion Square by 1:45 p.m. The contest begins at 2:15 p.m.
Special Thank You to Sunday in the Park 2017 Sponsors!