Cue Spongebob's F.U.N. song, we're rolling out the welcome wagon with our suggestions for all things fun in Oxford.
We know it can be overwhelming to move to a new place and have no idea what there is to do. That's why Enjoy Oxford is here to point you in the right direction. Before you know it you're going to have a favorite nature trail, a favorite art event, a favorite visitor center (wink wink), and a favorite way to simply enjoy your new life in our unique little corner of Ohio. Read below to get started, then get out there and have fun making precious small town memories.
6 N. Beech Street
Monday and Tuesday: 11AM - 8PM
Thursday: 11AM - 8PM
Friday and Saturday: 10AM - 10PM
Oxford, Ohio's only paint-your-own-pottery studio, You're Fired is a town favorite and the perfect way to flex your creative muscles. With monthly specials and themed classes, there's something for everyone in your family or friend group to get excited about. From "Create & Candle" to "Pumpkin Centerpiece and Sign" classes, you'll find there's more than just pottery waiting for your special touch. Check out their online calendar for class schedules and special discounts, then book your spot in the studio!
Many of Oxford's events, both big and small, annual and monthly, take place at the Oxford Community Arts Center (OCAC). Our premier arts facility, the OCAC is home to our community square dances (only $7 at the door), weekly drawing classes and writing groups, live theatre performances, and Second Fridays where guests enjoy live music, art exhibits, and great conversation. The OCAC's outdoor space is newly renovated and now features serene seating areas with fountains and benches, as well as plenty of green space perfect for laying down a picnic blanket.
In Oxford, Ohio we love our natural areas, evident by the 17+ miles of hiking trails that wind beautifully throughout the town. Hike up through the Silvoor Biology Sanctuary and enjoy the expansive views from the bluffs. Or check out the first phase of the Oxford Area Trails and enjoy a relaxing walk or bike ride on a multi-use paved trail. Have a BBQ at Peffer Park and spread out your meal under the gazebo. If you're itching for a drive, Hueston Woods State Park is just fifteen minutes away by car. The park features over 12 miles of trails and Acton Lake, which you can enjoy from the fishing pier or a rented kayak.
Monday - Friday: 3PM - 1AM
Saturday: 1PM - 12AM
Bowling is a classic way to have a good time with friends and family, and for good reason! The energetic clatter of the pins, the camaraderie, the deliciously greasy food. What's not to love? Oxford Lanes has a pro shop, coaching from USBC Silver and Bronze coaches, a variety of leagues, and an open bowling schedule so you can walk right in and start playing. Their food and drink menu includes burgers, hot dogs, chicken, beer and soft drinks. And if you need a little music to get you in the zone, download the RockBot app on your phone and you can play DJ for the whole building. Check out their schedule and start hitting those strikes!
Monday - Friday: 10AM - 5PM
Saturday: 12PM - 5PM
One of our favorite things to do is to spend an afternoon strolling through the peacefully quiet spaces of the Miami University Art Museum (MUAM). The MUAM is home to several changing galleries and exhibits throughout the year, all of which are free and open to the public. Just this past year they held the thought-provoking exhibit, Telling A People's Story, displaying the incredible children's book illustrations by Black artists throughout American history. This year, August through December, the three exhibits featured are Lonesome Traveler: Prints by Rockwell Kent, I'm in the Wrong Film: Photographs by Hans Grindlesberger, and Comfort Zones: The Crossroads of Urban and Rural. Some of the exhibits at MUAM are ongoing, such as the Charles M. Messer Leica Camera Collection. Stop by the museum today and get your art on.
The Miami Performing Arts Series brings big names and big fun to Oxford. From Family Weekend comedians like Trevor Noah and this year's Gabriel "Fluffy" Iglesias, to musical concerts by Lucky Chops and talks by Laverne Cox, our small town is no stranger to celebrities and exciting performances. Some events are free, while others require tickets purchased at the Miami University Box Office. All events are open to the public, so take advantage of living in a college town by enjoying all of the diverse entertainment Miami University is constantly bringing in!
There are so many ways to have fun in Oxford that we can't possibly list them all here. Check out Enjoy Oxford's online community calendar and sign up for our monthly newsletter (in the fotter of our website) to always know which events are taking place and when so that nothing fun passes you by. See you around town!
Written August 31, 2018
By Taylor Meredith
Enjoy Oxford Communications Specialist