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Blues Today: A Living Blues SymposiumOn the Square, Oxford, MSFilm screenings, lectures, tours, evening blues performances, a special broadcast of Thacker Mountain Radio, and more celebrating the birth of the blues in the Mississippi Delta.
Oxford Film FestivalOxford, MS
Screenings at The Lyric Theater
Filmmakers from around the world come to screen their works alongside those of local filmmakers. Participants have included Academy Award winners and nominees, Independent Spirit Award nominees, and filmmakers popular on the film festival circuit.
Oxford Run for Hope Half Marathon and 5K RaceOxford, MSOver 600 runners participate to raise funds that will endow two camps, one for young people with Type 1 diabetes and one for families having a child with cancer.
Oxford Conference for the BookUniversity of Mississippi, Oxford, MSJoin notable authors, editors, publishers, educators, and book lovers for addresses, panel discussions, and readings to celebrate reading, writing, and books along with the practical concerns of the publishing world upon which the literary arts depend.
Double Decker Arts FestivalCourthouse Square, Oxford, MSHeld on the last Saturday of April each year, the Double Named for the town’s highly visible and beloved authentic English tour bus, the festival draws more than 50,000 people to celebrate and enjoy music by a dozen groups, food presented by more than 30 vendors, and the work of over 100 artists.
Double Decker Spring RunCourthouse Square, Oxford, MSOver 1,000 runners from the region come together for a 10K run, 5K run, 5K competitive walk, and a Kids Fun Run through the university campus and downtown to kick off the Double Decer Arts Festival.
Red and Blue WeekendUniversity of Mississippi, Oxford, MSA special weekend of Ole Miss sports, including football and baseball games, tennis matches, tailgating, and more.
Thacker Mountain RadioSquare Books, downtown Oxford, MSA live broadcast in the spring and fall, showcasing prominent writers who read from their works between sets by local musicians.
Oxford Blues FestivalOxford Square and Foxfire Ranch, Oxford, MSHeld on a Friday through Sunday in late July, the Blues Festival offers a variety of blues music and musicians. Friday and Saturday performances are given at a variety of venues in the historic Oxford square. The headliners of the festival close the event with an outdoor show at the Foxfire Ranch on Sunday.
Yoknapatawpha Summer Writer’s WorkshopUniversity of Mississippi, Oxford, MSA three-day creative workshop in fiction and nonfiction writing conducted by the University of Mississippi Division of Outreach and Continuing Education for writers of all backgrounds and experience levels.
Lafayette-Oxford-University Summer Sunset SeriesThe Grove, University of Mississippi, Oxford, MSA series of free informal concerts produced by the University of Mississippi Cultural Events Committee at 7:00 pm each Sunday evening in June. Families are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, food, and beverages.
Oxford Rhythm RevivalOxford Square, Oxford, MSA fundraiser for Oxford Medical Ministries featuring bands on multiple stages at local bars and pubs plus a Saturday full of festival offerings that include art vendors, food, and family activities such as face painting, story time for children, and health screenings.
Shakespeare FestivalGertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts and Meek Hall Auditorium, University of Mississippi, Oxford, MSThe production of Shakespearean masterpieces brought to the stage.
Fourth of July CelebrationDowntown Oxford, MS and The Grove, University of MississippiFestivities include a parade, street dance, music in The Grove (outdoor venue near the Ole Miss football stadium), and a fireworks show.
Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha ConferenceUniversity of Mississippi, Oxford, MSFaulkner scholars and enthusiasts from around the world gather in Oxford in late July each year to celebrate and explore themes in the writings of William Faulkner.
Oxford Endurance WeekendOxford, MSHeld on Friday through Sunday in early August, featuring running, bike racing, and multisport events.
Yokona International Folk FestivalDowntown Oxford, MS and Gertrude C. Ford Theater for the Performing Arts, University of MississippiBrings the world's cultural heritage to North Mississippi featuring folk music and dance performances and arts and crafts from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North and South America. Highlights are the evening Parade of Nations in historic downtown Oxford and a candlelight finale at the Gertrude C. Ford Theater for the Performing Arts.
Oxford Artist’s Guild ShowDowntown Square North, Oxford, MSLocal artists display and sell their works in a variety of media at the one-day show.
University of Mississippi Homecoming Game and ParadeUniversity of Mississippi, Oxford, MSOle Miss homecoming game and annual parade. Check with the Ole Miss Alumni Association for a schedule of activities.
Southern Foodways SymposiumUniversity of Mississippi, Oxford, MSThe program traces and celebrates the influence of people and places on traditional Southern culinary heritage. Meals are prepared by chefs from across the region, and several awards are presented.
Square Toast for ScholarshipsOxford Square, Oxford, MSOver 25 restaurants provide their wares for this food-and-wine-tasting event to raise scholarship funds to support students in the hospitality management program, a component of the University of Mississippi Department of Family and Consumer Sciences.
Holiday MarketOxford Conference Center, Oxford, MS40 or more vendors offer jewelry, clothing, home items, and holiday decorations for sale. Also featured are photo ops with Santa, gift wrapping, and monogramming. Contact the Oxford Convention and Visitors Bureau for date and time.
Christmas ParadeOxford, MSParade features the Ole Miss “Pride of the South” band and two high school bands plus members of the Lafayette High School Commodores football team and a multitude of festive floats.

Every week of the year Oxford visitors and residents can take advantage of interesting and enjoyable events. Varying with the season, these events include musical and dramatic performances, festivals, lectures, arts and craft shows, brown-bag lunches, amateur athletic competitions, and Southeastern Conference (SEC) sporting events.

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