Food & Culture

Oxford is a mecca for celebrated chefs, writers, performers, artists, musicians and filmmakers.

People come to Oxford to feed their belly and souls, and the town offers plenty of places to do both.

Oxford is a culinary crossroads for chefs that draws on Cajun influences from New Orleans, Memphis-style barbecue, Southern classics like fried chicken and biscuits, and a bevy of internationally inspired menus. Whether you go for budget options or fine cuisine, your taste buds will always be satisfied.

You’ll step into a town with a rich history and a lively arts scene. You can catch a concert at the Lyric Theatre, hear an author reading at nationally renowned Square Books, or visit more than a dozen local museums and galleries.

Need to spruce up your wardrobe?

Stroll through our charming Square where you can browse the locally owned boutiques and unique shops, and soak in the college town charm. 

Oxford has it all whether you're a foodie, an art enthusiast, or looking for a fun place to spend an evening with friends.


A Cultural Mecca

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A closeup photo of a whole pizza on a plate.

Local Eats

Whether you’re craving the famous chicken-on-a-stick from a local gas station or an evening of fine dining, Oxford’s eclectic culinary scene has you covered.

Explore Oxford Dining
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Trombone Shorty playing double decker music festival

Oxford Culture

Immerse yourself in the place where William Faulkner found inspiration, explore various galleries and museums, or catch a great band playing  in one of the joints around the Square.

Local Arts & Entertainment



Rowan oak

Rowan Oak was William Faulkner’s private world, in reality, and imagination, and served as inspiration for much of his work for more than 40 years. The modified Greek Revival home sits on 29 heavily wooded acres just south of the historic Oxford Square. The property and grounds are open to the public year-round, from dawn until dusk, including the Bailey Woods Trail, which connects the historic property to the University of Mississippi Museum.