When in Oxford, there are a few things you must check off your bucket list. Oxford is filled with everything from incredible history to incomparable art collections and entertainment venues to food options you won’t find anywhere else. Read on for where to find the best entertainment in Oxford, Mississippi.
The Lyric Oxford
You can’t visit Oxford, Mississippi without spending an evening at The Lyric Oxford. Its history began when the structure was a livery stable owned by the great William Faulkner’s family in the early 20th century. It was converted into a theater for live performances and silent films in the 1920s, and named The Lyric Theater. Today, it stands as a premier entertainment and event venue in downtown Oxford. Check out their performance calendar to stay in the know on all of the musical acts and festivals they host.
Oxford Skate Park
The Oxford Skate Park is a staple in this Mississippi town. Completed in 2006, the skate park is located on Bramlett Boulevard across from the Oxford-Lafayette Public Library, and also has a pavilion and playground. Grab your board and take full advantage of a 4,000 sq. ft., 7-9 ft. bowl and a 6,000 sq. ft. street course. It’s open seven days a week, every day of the year, from sunrise until 11 p.m. Check out the SkateMS Foundation for news on skateboarding events and contests held at Oxford Skate Park.
University of Mississippi Museum
For your local culture fix, head to the University of Mississippi Museum. They feature both contemporary and classical art works, showcasing collections of Greek and Roman antiquities, American art, and folk art. One of their most interesting permanent collections is the Millington-Barnard Collection of Scientific Instruments. It features approximately 500 19th century instruments used by John Millington and Frederick A.P. Barnard to teach students in the mid-1800s. You’ll see perfectly preserved telescopes, models of large machines, and other devices used to teach philosophy, physics, and astronomy. And the best part? Admission is FREE. Don’t forget to keep up to date on their rotating and traveling exhibitions. The museum is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m.–6 p.m., and is closed on Sunday, Monday, and university holidays.
Soak up the Southern sun by spending an afternoon exploring Avent Park. The park is best known for its unique, wooden, community-built playground. Kids of all ages — even the college-age ones — will have fun playing at this park. The park is also home to four tennis courts, a walking trail, a baseball field, a Frisbee golf course, and a picnic pavilion.
Rowan Oak is the famous home of the great American writer, William Faulkner. You’ll recognize Faulkner’s moniker gracing the covers of literary classics like A Rose For Emily, The Sound and the Fury, and As I Lay Dying, to name a few. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1949, and the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award in 1954 for A Fable. You’ll see the home and environment that inspired many of Faulkner’s stories and imagination. His writings were inspired by local stories of Native Americans, runaway slaves, and his own memories of growing up in the South. The property and grounds at Rowan Oak are open year round, from dawn to dusk, and the house itself requires a $5, cash-only admission.
The Oxford Growler
After a long (but fun) day exploring Oxford, hit up The Oxford Growler for some craft brews and gourmet hot dogs. They have more than 30 beers on tap and plenty more for sale in the form of six packs, bombers, and growlers. You can come in, sample a few brews, and take home your favorite to enjoy later. But their “top dogs” — which each come with a side of chips and a pickle — are the things dreams are made of. For something simple but not so plain, try the Traditional Chicago-Style Dog topped with tasty condiments like sweet pickle relish, tomatoes, and pepperoncini peppers. For something more unique, opt for the Growler Dog: a sausage dog topped with beer-sauteed onions and peppers and a special Growler sauce.