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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 in the courtyard (near the reflecting pool), sip cider 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.


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
  • Enjoy several acoustic music sets from local musicians down in the mausoleum courtyard (near the reflecting pond)
  • Tie a ribbon to the Living Memory Tree to honor someone you’ve loved and lost
  • 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 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 in the Garden 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 down in the Mausoleum courtyard at the following times:

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 tent across from the chapel!

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.

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.

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