Oxfordfest

On the first Saturday in October for the last 33 years Oxfordfest has been celebrated on Main Street in downtown Oxford, Alabama. As an arts and crafts festival, the event boasts vendors from varied locations. The festival also provides live music, food, and activities for children and adults alike. They also offer prize drawings and a $1000.00 giveaway. In the spirit of community advocacy, funds procured through sales at the festival are donated to several local charities. Rainbow Omega, a non-profit that provides residential care and vocational opportunities to developmentally challenged adults is a beneficiary of Oxfordfest. Steel Magnolias, a breast cancer awareness advocacy group, also benefits from funds received from Oxfordfest. Oxfordfest also donates to United Cerebral Palsy which is the largest source of information on the malady and a pivotal advocate for the rights of any person with a disability. The non-profit organization Oxford House also receives funds from the festival, and provides a safe house environment for individuals recovering from alcohol and drug addiction. Oxfordfest as a festival is an event that allows community celebration, and is a pivotal source for advocacy for the less fortunate residents of Calhoun County.