Oxford City Council

PO Box 10, Oxford, OX1 1EN
Tel 01865 249811
Web http://www.oxford.gov.uk/


Events in Oxford

Upcoming Events organised in partnership with Oxford City Council

PDF icon Remembering The Great War in Oxfordshire - events leaflet (PDF)


Oxford City Council's Culture & Events Team both delivers events and manages events on Oxford City Council land

Key events the City Council delivers annually are:

  • Dancin' Oxford Festival (Spring / Summer / Autumn
  • May Morning (1 May)
  • Lord Mayor's Celebration (May/June)
  • Christmas Light Festival (November)
  • St Giles' Funfair (September)

In addition to delivering the above events, the Events Team manages and co-ordinates all events held on Oxford City Council land and all major events on non-City Council land such as on the public highway.

Below is the Events Calendar for events taking place on Oxford City Council land:

August Calendar of Events 2015

Saturday 1st August

Eid Extravaganza

Manzil Way next to mosque and Asian Cultural Centre


Barbeque, food stalls and entertainment.

Saturday 1st August

Cowley BBQ

Manzil Gardens


Community barbeque with music and face painting.

Thursday 6th August

Community Family Fun Day

Fry's Hill


Information stall, creative activities, baby tent/activity area.


Friday 14th August

Encephalitis Society RoadShow

Bonn Square


A charity awareness campaign.


Saturday 15th August

Specsavers promotion

Bonn Square


Hayley-Jo (from the Specsavers zumba ad) will be performing throughout the day. Specsavers staff will also be handing out goody bags and leaflets.


Saturday 15th August

Slade Park Fire Station Open Day

Slade Park Fire Station, Headington

Midday – 4pm

Come and meet your local Firefighters!

PDF icon Slade Park Fire Station Open Day Poster (PDF)

Saturday 15th –Sunday 16th August

City of Oxford Rowing Regatta



Several hundred competitors take part in a range of events including British Rowing events (for Juniors, Novices, Seniors and Masters) and mixed crew events.


Sunday 16th August

Oxford Thai Food & Culture Festival

Botley Park


Food, craft, and charity stalls, children's games area, and Thai classical dance, music, boxing and massage.


Sunday 16th August

Cowley Classic Car Show

Court Place Farm


Display of approximately 200 classic vehicles plus associated stalls, children’s stalls, charity stalls, food and beverage stalls.

Thursday 20th August

Community Family Fun Day

Gillian's Park


Information stall, creative activities and baby tent/activity area.


Thursday 20th August


Bonn Square


Calypso, pop, reggae and Latin music from RASPO Steel Orchestra.


Saturday 22nd August

Film under the Stars

Cutteslowe and Sunnymead


An outdoor screening of a family film.

Saturday 22nd August

Big Tea Party and Zumba

Sunnymead Park


Tea party, games and zumba.

Sunday 23rd August

Rugby World Trophy Tour

South Park


Coaching and playing sessions, a Rugby Club village and events and activities produced by ER2015 (RWC 2015 organisers) and the RFU (England Rugby).

Friday 28th August

Marston Church BBQ

Millham Nature Reserve


 Summer picnic and BBQ


Saturday 29th - Monday 31st August

Foodies Festival

South Park


Family food and drink festival with chefs, drinks, cake and bake, and kids' theatres, which have demonstrations and tasting on throughout the day. There are market stalls and hot food stands accompanied by bars.


Sunday 30th August

Headington 5 mile race

Court Place Farm


5 mile race run mainly on tarmac footpaths adjacent to Oxford’s Northern Bypass and the Marston Ferry Road.




September Calendar of Events 2015

Saturday 5th September

Leys Festival

Blackbird Leys Park


Lots of activities for people to try out, including circus skills, sports taster sessions, climbing walls, inflatable sumo, DIY face painting, large inflatables, camp fire, martial arts, pony rides and drum workshops.


Monday 7th– Tuesday 8th September


St Giles’ Fair

St Giles



Saturday 12th - Sunday 13th September

Oxford Open Doors

Bonn Square & Broad St


The annual opportunity to get behind closed doors across the city - do something different, learn something new! There will be information hubs in Bonn Square (Saturday) and Broad Street (Sunday).


Saturday 12th September

Play and Activity Day

Northway and Marston


A range of activities designed for children and young people.


Sunday 13th September


Cowley Marsh


Football tournament, BBQ, stalls, fun run, egg and spoon race, tug of war, bouncy castle, music, raffle and games.

Sunday 13th September

Bike Oxford

Start/finish: Oxford Harlequins Rugby Club


Day of marked rides of 20, 50 and 80 miles taking in the best scenery of Oxford and the surrounding countryside.


Saturday 19th September

BHF Bike Ride - Oxford to Cambridge

Donnington Rec


This ride is a 90 mile bike ride from Oxford to Cambridge. www.bhf.org.uk/oxcam

Saturday 19th - Sunday 20th September

Oxford Arts Market

Broad Street


Street market featuring artists, designers and craft makers.



October Calendar of Events 2015

Sunday 11th October

Oxford Half Marathon

City Centre


New city centre route for 2015, starting and finishing on St. Giles and taking in many historical and university sites on closed roads.


Thursday 15th October

Circus Starr

South Park

4:45pm & 7pm

Big top, family circus show raising funds for local charity and giving hundreds of local special needs children a great day out.


Sunday 25th October

Walk For Parkinson's

City Centre


The 5th annual walk to raise money to fund research into a cure for Parkinson’s at the Oxford Parkinson’s Disease Centre (OPDC).


November Calendar of Events 2015

Saturday 7th November

Oxford Round Table’s 48th Annual Fireworks Display

South Park


Charity fundraising event consisting of firework display, bonfire, Jack FM sound stage, family area, bar tent and funfair.

Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd November

Christmas Light Festival

City Centre


Cultural activities and shows at venues across the city.


December Calendar of Events 2015

Saturday 5th - Sunday 6th December

Oxford Arts Market

Broad Street


Street market featuring artists, designers and craft makers.

Thursday 10th - Sunday 20th December

Oxford Christmas Market

Broad Street


Festive decorated stalls offering Christmas gifts, and seasonal food and drink.


Event Comments, Compliments and Complaints

Please use our online form to Make a comment, compliment or complaint about an event in the city.

Entertainment - cinemas, theatres, museums and art galleries

Visit our Entertainment and Attractions page for links and information about local cinemas, theatres, museums, art galleries and sporting events in Oxford.

Grants for Community Events

Visit our Community Grants page to find put about applying for grants for community events.

What's On - Oxford events guides





Page last updated 23 July 2015

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