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Fall Colors Celebration

October 10 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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Celebrate the beauty of autumn at Lakewood with our Fall Colors Celebration. Enjoy live music, sip cider and enjoy some treats while you do a self-guided tour or scavenger hunt of our grounds, learn about metal casting – an important part of creating many of the monuments you see around Lakewood – and create your own Lakewood inspired sculpture, or enjoy a guided walking tour of our grounds with someone from Lakewood’s team.

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


This event takes place in the open area between the chapel and the administrative building. 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 12-4 p.m. (no ticket required):

  • 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 several acoustic music sets from local musicians under two beautiful historic oak trees near our front entrance.
  • Learn more about metal casting with a hands-on project with Pedal to the Metal (A travelling foundry) and create your own Lakewood themed metal cast in honor of our 150th Anniversary.
  • 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
  • Take a guided walking tour with Lakewood staff
  • More activities to be announced!

Join us for Music throughout the day

Lakewood is honored to bring these amazing local musicians to our grounds to provide a peaceful and fall-inspired soundtrack to your day. You can find them nestled between the beautiful historic oak trees between our admin building and chapel.

12:00pm – 1:00pm | Big Hay Zeus

1:30pm – 2:30pm | Alicia Thao

3:00pm – 4:00pm | The Twins of Franklin

Walking Tours

12:30pm | 1pm | 1:30pm | 2pm | 2:30pm | 3pm

Join Lakewood staff for a free 45-60 minute guided walking tour. This tour will cover Lakewood’s history, what we’re doing today, art, architecture, and even some famous faces at Lakewood.

Tours will be every half hour starting at 12:30pm, and the final tour will start at 3pm. There is no cost, and no need to pre-register for these tours, just show up at the chapel when a tour starts.

Please note: Tours are first-come, first-serve and are most comfortable with a max of 40 people. If a tour is full we may get started and ask you to join for the next tour. This allows us to provide the best possible experience for those on the tour.

Accessibility notes:

  • Guides will be wearing a voice amplifier.
  • The walking tour covers approximately 1 mile on Lakewood’s roads. We may walk through grass at times as well.

Pedal to the Metal | Travelling Foundry

Lakewood is proud to welcome local artist Jess Bergman Tank of Pedal to the Metal Travelling Foundry to our grounds for this beautiful celebration.

As you explore the art and beauty of Lakewood, learn more about some of the artistic processes that have been used to create some of our historic monuments.

In this hands-on activity, you will be able to create your own metal pendant, inspired by Lakewood’s 150th and the beauty of fall. You’ll learn about the art of metal casting, and how this intricate process is done.

Please note: Only 30 people can participate at a time, but we will do several rounds of the activity so you can either watch along or come back later to participate if it is full!

Art Activity

Get creative! Paint a mini-gourd or mini-pumpkin to celebrate the beauty of the autumn harvest. Lakewood will provide the gourds and pumpkins, and acrylic paint markers for those who wish to participate.

There will be tables available for this activity. You will also be able to leave your design at the tent to let it dry while you go exploring. Please do not go into any of our buildings with them if the paint is still wet! They may take up to 30 minutes to dry.

One per person.

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.


Restrooms are available in the Memorial Chapel (single stall, no ADA restrooms) or in the Garden Mausoleum (ADA restrooms and single stall available.)

There will be no outdoor restrooms available at the event. 

For those driving from the east

Please know that Lyndale Open Streets will be happening at the same time. If you are driving from the east you will likely hit traffic around Lyndale.

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