What do a jousting match, exotic singing birds and the sun god Ra have in common? Why, everyone’s favorite malt beverage, beer, of course! Find out how the sudsy beverage connects these fascinating topics, and delve into Atlanta’s long and vivid history of brewing during Historic Oakland Cemetery’s new guided walking tour, Malts & Vaults of Oakland: Where Beer Meets History, debuting June 6 at 7 p.m. and June 7 at 5 p.m.

Ron Smith and Mary O. Boyle, authors of Atlanta Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in the Hub in the South, will be onsite during the tours. Tickets are available online at this link or at the visitors center and museum shop and are $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors 65 and older, and free for Friends of Oakland. As with all of Oakland’s guided tours, a ticket grants $5 off any purchase at neighboring restaurant Six Feet Under. With this tour, guests will also be granted $1 off a purchase at the nearby My Friend’s Growler Shop.

Tunes from the Tombs, the cemetery’s annual all-day music festival, will be held June 14 from 1 to 8 p.m. featuring musicians performing in and amongst Oakland’s extraordinary monuments, mausoleums and gardens. Two main stages will host amplified artists, while buskers will perform on distinct vignette stages throughout the cemetery. Food trucks will also be on hand serving up an assortment of tasty fare.

Performers will include headliner Shawn Mullins, Myles Brown, SG4, Secondhand Swagger, Tribute: A Celebration of the Allman Brothers, , Mudcat, Danny Brewer, Julea and her Dear Johns, Villain Family, Smooth Hound Smith, Blacktop Rockets, Ghost Riders Car Club, Derik Hultquist, DJ Phiasco, Wasted Potential Brass Band, Sweet Auburn, Uncle Daddy and the Kissin’ Cousins, Atlanta Sacred Harp Singers, Alex Commins & Todd Prusin, Jake Reeves, Katharine Cole and more.

Tickets are available for $10 online, $5 for kids (online or at gate) and $15 at gate. Buy your tickets online at this link. Parking will be available at the Grady Health Systems lot behind the MLK MARTA Station on Grant Street for $5. The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition will provide bike parking. Historic Oakland Foundation encourages festival-goers to take MARTA to the King Memorial Station. Bring your blanket or lawn chair and spend the day. No coolers or outside food allowed. This is a non-smoking event.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.