A Very Oxford October

Sonia Thompson

From the quaintest local pumpkin patch and a city-wide Ole Miss tailgate watch party to a basketball game on the Square and a unique motel art show, October is both a busy and exciting time to be in Oxford, Mississippi. Here is a sampling of some of the biggest events happening this month near Splinter Creek.

The annual Harvest Supper will be held Thursday, Oct. 13 at Rowan Oak.

Friends of the University of Mississippi Museum Harvest Supper
On Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022, the Friends of the University of Mississippi Museum host the annual Harvest Supper on the grounds of Faulkner's Rowan Oak. A fundraiser for the museum and historic houses, guests will dine under the stars and beneath the cedar trees for an evening that connects Ole Miss alumni, Oxford residents, and out-of-town guests with artists, writers, and musicians for dinner and musical entertainment. For the first time, a portion of the proceeds from Harvest Supper 2022 will be dedicated to the next phase of improving Rowan Oak’s arrival experience. Visit the UM Museum website for more information.

St. Peter's pumpkin patch illustration by Sarah McCullen for Invitation Oxford magazine.

St. Peter's Pumpkin Patch
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the quaintest pumpkin patch in town. St. Peter's Episcopal Church is a favorite site in Oxford each fall. Located just off the historic Square, this urban pumpkin patch is a literal bright spot in the middle of town. Pumpkins arrive on Oct. 1, and the sales are a fundraiser for the church's children and youth programs. The pumpkin patch is open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon-6 p.m. on Sundays until the pumpkins sell out.

The 8th annual Square Jam will be held Friday, Oct. 14 on the Oxford Square.

Ole Miss Square Jam
As the start of college basketball draws near, the Ole Miss men's and women's basketball teams will partner with the City of Oxford to host the eighth annual Square Jam on Friday, Oct. 14 at 6:30 p.m. on the historic Oxford Square. A basketball court will once again be set up on the east side of the Square in the parking lot in front of City Hall. Fans will have the opportunity to catch both teams in action with various competitions, including knockout, a skills challenge, three-point contest and the event capped off by the men's dunk contest. Both teams will be available for autographs after Square Jam, which will be held the night before Ole Miss football hosts Auburn on Oct. 15 at 11 a.m.

The 7th annual Tailgate for Palmer is set for Saturday, Oct. 22 at the Olivia and Archie Manning Athletics Performance Center.

Tailgate for Palmer
The 7th annual Tailgate for Palmer is the ultimate watch party featuring rivals Ole Miss and LSU on the big screen inside the Olivia and Archie Manning Athletics Performance Center on Saturday Oct. 22, 2022 starting at 1:30 p.m. Rebel fans will enjoy the best of Ole Miss tailgating — football, food, libations and the company of great friends — while raising money to benefit Palmer Home for Children.

The 15th One Night Stand Motel Art Show will be held Saturday, Oct. 22 at the Ole Miss Motel.

One Night Stand Motel Art Show
For one night only, twelve artists will transform motel rooms into their own gallery for the evening. Back for its 15th year, the Motel Art Show will be held at the Ole Miss Motel on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 5-10 p.m. Food and drinks will be available for purchase from Chicory Market. If you purchase a First Dibs ticket, food will be Included in the ticket price. You will have the first hour to browse and buy art before anyone else, from 5-6 p.m. This is a free event after 6 pm. Email iheartmotelart@gmail.com for more information. Parking is limited.

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