Cultural in Cowley Road & Southeast Oxford

May Morning

At 6am on May Day, atop Magdalen College’s belltower, the college choir sings Hymnus Eucharisticus, composed by a Magdalen Fellow in the 17th century. Many students stay up drinking all the previous night, before ga…
Sports in Oxford

Eights Week

In this inter-college rowing championship, contested for over 200 years, boats line up end to end, slightly apart. If you ‘bump’ the boat in front, you swap places for the next race. The leading boat after four days…
Fair in Jericho & Science Area

St Giles’ Fair

Oxford’s oldest traditional festival, first celebrated in 1625, honours the feast of St Giles (1 September) with stalls, rides and funfair attractions in his namesake street. It takes place on the first Monday and T…
Literature in Jericho & Science Area

Oxford Literary Festival

Stretching across and between two weekends, and centring on Worcester College, this literary extravaganza features big-name authors from around the world. Major ticketed events take place at the Sheldonian Theatre a…
Literature in City Centre

Alice’s Day

Organized by the Story Museum, with the participation of many other Oxford businesses, Alice’s Day commemorates the anniversary of the river trip that gave the world Alice in Wonderland.
Street Carnival in Cowley Road & Southeast Oxford

Cowley Road Carnival

In this huge community celebration, over fifty thousand costumed revellers parade along Cowley Rd, accompanied by local musicians performing on thirty stages, while street stalls sell all sorts of enticing and intox…
Music in Oxford

Common People Oxford

With recent headliners including the Jacksons, Craig David and James, this three-day musical extravaganza on central Oxford’s eastern edge has rapidly become a fixture on Oxford’s annual calendar.
Christmas in City Centre

Christmas Light Festival

A three-day festival to mark the moment when the city’s Christmas Lights are switched on, including a lantern parade by local schoolchildren and a Christmas market on Broad St.
LGBT in City Centre

Oxford Pride

Oxford’s annual 10-day LGBT celebration culminates with Saturday’s community parade through the city centre, from Radcliffe Camera to a street party at Oxford Castle.
Cultural in City Centre

Turl Street Arts Festival

A week-long, student-run festival that combines the talents of staff and students at the three colleges on Turl St – Exeter, Lincoln and Jesus – and ranges across concerts, talks, exhibitions, workshops and film scr…