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Fall Colors Celebration

October 16, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Onsite near the Living Memory Tree
Free (no registration required)
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Celebrate the beauty of autumn at Lakewood with our Fall Colors Celebration. Join us on the open grassy grounds of Lakewood for art activities, music, cookies and hot apple cider, and more!

This open-house style event is free and open to all! No registration is required.


This event takes place in the open area near the Living Memory Tree. Signs will be posted!

This is an open house style event so feel free to join at any time.


You can enjoy the following free activities from 10-2 p.m:

  • Sip warm apple cider and enjoy a free cookie (while supplies last) as you stroll through the gorgeous Lakewood grounds and admire the beautiful tree canopy
  • Bring a blanket or some chairs and enjoy acoustic music sets from local musicians Amanda Grace and Preston Gunderson
  • Hop aboard a historic trolley for a guided history tour of Lakewood
  • Decorate or paint a mini-pumpkin to take home
  • Create art with COMPAS teaching artists
  • Explore the grounds using our self-guided walking tour brochure (PDF) or grab a cemetery-inspired scavenger hunt at our Information tent to learn more about art and nature at Lakewood.
  • Walk through the historic Lakewood Memorial Chapel
  • More activities to be announced!

Live Music

10am – 11:30am | Amanda Grace

Amanda performs as a solo artist or with her band. Amanda does not claim a particular genre of music, and in doing so enjoys variety in her music and audiences. She has produced music drifting between folk and rock. With roots as a pianist her writing is thematically varied with an emphasis on melody and ballads wrapped in warm vocals. She’s released 7 albums. In 2016 she received a “Front Of Line” pass from The Voice. She continues to fully enjoy songwriting, releasing & performing original music while raising a family in the beautiful Mississippi river valley.

12pm – 1:30pm | Preston Gunderson

Preston Gunderson is a singer-songwriter based out of Minneapolis, MN. With his powerful voice and catchy melodies, Gunderson has been bringing in listeners of all ages and capturing major attention. He has made appearances on both NBC’S The Voice, and Fox’s American Idol. Preston has since toured nationally, and overseas (2011) making a name for himself. Opening up for acts such as Brandie Carlile, The Guess Who, Paper Route, Jeremy Messersmith, Trampled by Turtles, Dan Rodriguez, Nicholas David, Bobby Long(UK), Live, Sister Hazel, Jamestown Story, Halfnoise (Zac Farro), Nick Howard (UK), and Everclear. Preston also tours with Minneapolis Band Rhythmic Circus.

Trolley Tours

Join Lakewood staff for a free 45 minute trolley tour. This tour will cover Lakewood’s history, what we’re doing today, art, architecture, and some notable names at Lakewood. Trolleys will run every half hour, starting at 10am and the last trolley will leave at 1pm.

Please note: Trolley tours are first-come, first-serve and hold about 30 people. If a trolley is full we may get started and ask you to join for the next tour.

Art Activities

Join COMPAS teaching artists Lisa Arnold and Sara Hanson for free, interactive activities for the whole family!

Individual Micro-Mosaics with COMPAS Teaching Artist Lisa Arnold: Lisa leads mosaic projects, teaching techniques for a variety of tools and materials. Get an introduction to mosaics using micro-tiles by creating your own fall design and using art to create an artistic legacy of love.

Wearable Charms, Pocket Amulets & Small Sculptures with COMPAS Teaching Artist Sara Hanson: Participants carve original fall designs including leaves and trees into a cuttlefish bone to create negative space. That space is filled with lead-free pewter to create small wearable charms, pocket amulets, or sculptures.

Scavenger Hunt

Lakewood is excited to provide a nature-inspired scavenger hunt for this event! We encourage you to take this out, walk around our grounds, and learn more about the biodiversity of Lakewood.

The scavenger hunt will be available at the Information Tent, and is also available as a PDF here (pdf)

The Lakewood Memorial Chapel

While you’re enjoying the tree canopy, take a moment to stop by the chapel, which will be open to guests during this event. This stunning chapel is one of our city’s most beloved architectural treasures. Because of its incredible beauty and historical significance, it is a popular place for end-of-life ceremonies, weddings, concerts, tours and other celebrations of beauty, art and remembrance.

Dedicated in 1910, the Chapel was modeled after the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul by prominent Minneapolis architect Harry Wild Jones. Its 10-million piece mosaic interior, created by New York designer Charles Lamb, features a 40-foot high dome ringed with stained glass windows and 12 mosaic angels.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Chapel is one of the finest examples of Byzantine mosaic architecture in the country. Learn more about the Lakewood Memorial Chapel.


Outdoor restrooms will be available near the event location. Indoor restrooms are available in the Memorial Chapel (single stall, no ADA restrooms) or in the Garden Mausoleum (ADA restrooms and single stall available.)

Questions? Call the Lakewood events line at 612-540-5165 or email to

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