By: Hanna Teevan
Spring has sprung in Mississippi! Tulips have been planted around the Square, there’s 0% chance of snow and the sun is shinin’. Below we’ve gathered a list of activities and places to check out to take full advantage of our warmer weather.
For the food lovers:
Crawfish season is a fan favorite amongst all ages here in Oxford, Mississippi. Families will gather for crawfish boils, restaurants and bars will have crawfish baskets for a Friday or Saturday afternoon hang and some sororities and fraternities even have crawfish date parties.
For the outdoorsy:
Lamar park, Whirlpool Trails, Bailey Woods
As soon as the temperature hits above 60, Oxonians venture outside for some fresh air. Lamar park is home to Lake Patsy, which means it’s cardio with a view. There’s also a pavilion with picnic tables where families gather for a meal and even birthday parties.
The Whirlpool Trails, or South Campus Rail Trails, are near the Whirlpool plant on the Ole Miss campus and make it a great place to escape from the hustle and bustle of the town.
The Bailey Woods are located behind Rowan Oak, William Faulkner’s home, and end behind the University of Mississippi Museum. At one point in the trail you can see the backside of the Ole Miss baseball stadium. It’s a great trail if you only have about an hour to spare, being around 40 minutes total to the museum and back to Rowan Oak.
For the history buffs:
Walking tour of Ox, Rowan Oak grounds
Spring is the perfect time to do Oxford’s walking tour. The walking tour is divided into four sections: North of the Square, South of the Square, Square Area and University Avenue. The tour takes you around Oxford to its beautiful homes, some of which were owned by the Faulkner family, the historic Square and churches. Of course Rowan Oak is included in the walking tour and warmer weather is preferred, though certainly not necessary to explore its grounds. Stop by the Visit Oxford office for the Walking Tour pamphlet.
For the sports fans:
Ole Miss Baseball
An American pastime, baseball is a spring icon. Regardless if you are visiting Oxford for other reasons, stopping by an Ole Miss baseball game is highly recommended. Whether you’re a Rebel or not, it’s hard not to enjoy the atmosphere, especially with a view of the lively right field student section. As they say, beer showers bring spring flowers.
For the art and music lovers:
Double Decker Arts Festival
Oxford’s largest spring event, Double Decker Arts Festival draws a crowd of about 6,500 people from near and far to the historic Square for a weekend of food, music and the arts. Shop booths covering the entire Square, eat from delicious food trucks and dance to the music.
For the kids:
Double Decker Arts Festival: Square Fair
Double Decker isn’t just for the big kids, the little ones can have fun too. Square Fair is the kids area with fair-like games and rides.
For the balcony/patio lovers:
Summit, City Grocery Bar, Rooster’s, Bouré, The Coop (Graduate), Library Sports Bar, Round Table, Southern Craft Stove + Tap, Square Books, Uptown Coffee
The Summit and City Grocery Bar are neighbors on Van Buren and have small (but mighty) balconies perfect for an after work drink as the sun sets on Oxford. If food is what you’re after, City has a bar menu, while Summit has the Old Venice menu available.
Rooster’s balcony is larger and a popular gathering spot for college students to grab a beer on a pretty spring afternoon.
Across from the Rooster’s balcony is Bouré. Though it wraps in a slightly bigger L shape, tables and chairs are hard to come by when the weather is nice. Bouré also offers a separate bar menu upstairs, making it a perfect pit stop after work or before dinner.
Down North Lamar is The Graduate hotel. Up on the fourth floor you’ll find The Coop, named after Cooper Manning, with a large rooftop seating area with the finest view of the courthouse and Square. Bonus points if you make it in time for sunset!
Van Buren is also home to The Library Sports Bar, widely known for being the largest bar on the Square. If you walk about halfway down its alley you’ll come across its outdoor patio. Enclosed by concrete walls, it’s easy to forget you’re outside until you look up and see a tree overlooking the upstairs balcony.
Sharing an alley with The Library is Round Table on the Square. From its front entrance on Courthouse Square, it doesn’t look like much space, but what you can’t see from the front is its large outdoor patio on the backside. Complete with built in wooden booths and a projector to stream games, its a very popular place with Ole Miss students during baseball season.
Southern Craft Stove + Tap recently opened on Sisk Avenue. Its patio area comes kid friendly with a fenced in area with ping pong and corn hole as well as tables for dining.
Square Books balcony is the perfect afternoon spot for a cup of coffee and a good book. Overlooking the courthouse, its also a great place to sit and watch cars so by and people mill around.
Uptown Coffee also makes for a great spot to sit with a cup of coffee. Grab a spot at one of their tables under the building’s atrium and chat with a friend or do some people watching, no stairs required.