Home to a vibrant art scene, delectable food, and celebrated shopping, Oxford is known with for its rich cultural scene and opportunities for visitors to experience Mississippi at its finest. Pop Up Oxford will serve as a weeklong celebration of the town’s culture, featuring events and programs for visitors and locals alike to enjoy all that Oxford has to offer.
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Pop Up Oxford was inspired by the Chautauqua adult education movement that began at the turn of the 20th century. Hailed by Theodore Roosevelt as the “the most American thing in America,” the movement inspired events, programs, and lectures in which culture and entertainment could coalesce. In the same spirit, Pop Up Oxford will play host to a variety of opportunities for attendees to experience the literary, musical, and cultural heritage of Oxford.
“Visit Oxford is excited to collaborate with so many different organizations and events to bring people to Oxford,” said Director of Visit Oxford, Mary Allyn Hedges. “Pop Up Oxford highlights so many different things that Oxford has become known for culturally and offers something for everyone.”
Kicking off on January 20, Pop Up Oxford’s first weekend will include the Small Hall Songwriters Concert, as well as the Hotel Hop on January 21. Hotel Hop attendees will enjoy an evening of progressive food and drink tasting at each of the Oxford Square’s unique hotels. In addition to delicious tapas and cocktails at Graduate Oxford, Courtyard Marriott, The Inn at Ole Miss, and Chancellor’s House, transportation will the provided in true Oxford style–on a Double Decker bus.
Continuing to keep things culinary, The Southern Foodways Alliance will host a party at Big Bad Breakfast on January 22, celebrating the release of Sara Camp Milam and Jerry Slater’s Guide to Cocktails. Recipes from the book–which will be available for sale–will be enjoyed, and attendees will learn more about the history and processes of the libations served.
The Ole Miss Men’s basketball team will take on Alabama at he Pavilion at Ole Miss on January 23. Meanwhile, the free monthly Oxford Art Crawl will kick off on the Square, followed by the Day for Art Party, sponsored by Cathead Vodka and featuring live performances and awards for local artists and organizations.
On January 24, Mary Zicafoose, a tapestry and rug weaver, will present a lecture at the University Museum. Zicafoose is known for blending contemporary style with more traditional cultural patterns, resulting in vibrant, powerful pieces that can be found around the world. The same evening, the national tour of the Sound of Music will take the stage at the Ford Center.
Pop Up Oxford will culminate with the Fiber Arts Festival, which runs from January 25 through January 27.
With participating hotels offering special packages, Pop Up Oxford marks the perfect occasion for visitors to enjoy a week enjoying world-renowned presentations and performers as well as the rich heritage of Oxford.
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