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

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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

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).

Tuesday-Saturday 25th -29th August

Charity Link Fundraiser

 Bonn Square


Guide Dogs Fundraising – Sponsor a Puppy Campaign direct debit campaign no cash collection

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.


Saturday 5th September

Cowley BBQ by Christian Life Centre

Manzil Way Gardens


Barbeque, guitar playing and singing and face painting.


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

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.


Friday 18th September

Covered Market – Outdoor Event

Market Street

(off Corn Market)


Outdoor Market Stalls


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.


Saturday 20th September

Free Flight Rallies by

Oxford Model Flying Club

Port Meadow

9:30am- 6:30pm

Model Flying Rallies – free flight.


Saturday 26th September

Barton Charity 5-a-side Football

Barton Recreation Ground – next to MUGA, behind Neighbourhood Centre. 2 pitches on the flat area.


1 – 3.15pm

GO Active are organising some charity 5-a-side football as part of the Barton Bash this year. 




October Calendar of Events 2015

Saturday 10th October

Urban Gospel Concert

Bonn Square

11am - 5pm

Gospel Music.


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.


Saturday 17th October

Oxford Caledonian Pipes and Drums Street Collection

Bonn Square


Oxford Caledonian Pipes and Drums will play their instruments including bagpipes, side drums, bass drum and a tenor drum.


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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