May 4, 2019

Visit Oakland Cemetery’s Illumine and get a discount on your dinner

Illuminated headstones, lanterns and light-boxes are just a few of the pieces you will see at Atlanta’s historic Oakland Cemetery’s Illumine 2019. 

The mile-long interactive display, which starts Thursday and runs through Sunday, allows attendees to walk along an illuminated path through the cemetery. Unlike the cemetery’s walking tours, the event is self-guided. 

According to the event’s website, Illumine highlights “previously unseen elements of Oakland’s landscapes, gardens, and history,” according to the event’s website. 

Proceeds from Illumine, which begins at 7 p.m. each night, will support the Historic Oakland Foundation, which works to preserve the cemetery. 

The event also includes a tribute to people buried and removed from “Slave Square,” an area of the property where slaves and free African Americans were buried. Illumine will also include a display highlighting those buried in unmarked graves in North Public Grounds. 

Attendees will also be treated to live music from northeast Georgia folk band The Shoal Creek Stranglers and a bar with signature cocktails from Old 4th Distillery.


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Advance tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students, children and seniors. Children age three and under will get in for free. Tickets can also be purchased at the gate for a $5 walk-up fee.  

Tickets for Saturday’s show have already sold out. 

Restaurants in the area are also offering dinner deals to those who attend the four-day self-guided tour. 

Deals include:

  • 25% off at Tin Lizzys Grant Park (in-store only.) 
  • 50% off draft beers at YourPie Grant Park (Valid with ticket stub only) 
  • 15% off regular priced food items at Mezcalitos Cocina & Tequila Bar. The offer is for dine-in patrons and expires Monday. Customers must have a valid Illumine ticket.
  • 20% off food at Firepit Pizza Tavern (in-store only). 
  • 15% off food at Ramen Station Grant Park. 

For more details about the event, visit

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