1. Square Books Party
Square Books, one of the best independent bookstores in the country, and the anchor of the Oxford Square, celebrates 40 years in business (1979-2019) on Saturday, August 24 from 7-10 p.m. at the Lyric Theater with a toast and live music by the Soultones. Learn more about the event and RSVP for tickets here.
2. Take a Swing
Oxford's first axe-throwing venue, Civil Axe Throwing, is opening next month. Located at 3000 Old Taylor Road in front of Faulkner Flats, it will consist of four lanes, which can be rented by the hour. Grab a group of friends and bury the hatchet!
3. Color Me Happy
Oxford's first outdoor mural, on the back of Sneed's Ace Hardware, was completed this month and is brightening up University Avenue. The 1800-square-foot plain white wall was painted by New Orleans-based artists Wendell Brunious and JoLean Laborde. It is the biggest mural they have created to date. When you visit, hashtag your photos with #oxfordincolor #wegettolivehere #smalltownmagic.
4. Movies and Music in the Park
The Oxford Park Commission and the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council have teamed up again for another summer of Music and Movies in the Park. The next films are Finding Nemo (July 27), Monsters University (Aug. 16) and The Blind Side (Sept. 13). Each of the family friendly events are held from 7-10 p.m. at Avent Park. The movies begin when the sun sets. Bring your own lawn chairs and blankets.