There is always something exciting going on in one of our vibrant communities. Oxford’s rural roots start to show in many of the festivals and events annually celebrated here. Our community’s roots in agriculture, dairy production and Scottish heritage reflect in our festivals which celebrate the history and traditions of the community. However, newer festivals have cropped up over the years and now anyone can find an event to enjoy, whether it’s festivities for animal welfare at Weinerfest or the joy of dairy at the Big Cheese Days.
To find out what events are coming up, check out the Tourism Oxford events calendar.
Check out some of our biggest annual events:
Embro Highland Games
The towns of Zorra and Embro are host to the oldest Highland Games in Ontario. The Embro Highland games have been held annually since 1937. The festival features pipe bands, highland dancers from Canada, the U.S., Scotland and other countries, and Canada's largest tug-of-war. There is a caber toss, other Scottish athletic events, and a road race. Scottish vendors sell a variety of wares. Clan displays showcase the region's Scottish history.
Canterbury Folk Festival
Each year, Ingersoll's Canterbury Folk Festival takes the park by storm offering three days of free folk music on multiple stages. With past acts as big as Garth Hudson of The Band and legendary fiddler, Natalie McMaster, you won't want to miss it.
Canada's Outdoor Farm Show
Each year, Woodstock hosts Canada's premier outdoor agricultural showcase: Canada's Outdoor Farm Show. Farmers come from across the country to shop and view cutting edge innovations in agricultural products and services.
Ingersoll Harvest Festival
The Festival runs annually during the 4th week of August featuring harvest dinners, food and wine tasting, contests, sidewalk sales, entertainment, a classic car show, children’s games, and the Ingersoll Harvest Run.
Tillsonburg’s ‘turtle-tastic day of fun events for the entire family’ celebrates the town’s founding by George Tillson. The festival features arts, entertainment, historical and nature exhibits.
Drumbo Fall Fair
The Drumbo Fall Fair is the best place to meet friends on a September weekend. Enjoy entertainment, a Children’s village, horse shows, prizes, and a talent search.
Cowapolooza - Woodstock
What better place to celebrate cows than the Dairy Capital of Canada? Each summer Woodstock throws a bovine bash like no other complete with a Cow Milking Contest, Strongman/Strongwoman Competition, Soap Box Derby and great live music.
Big Cheese Days
While the 23 one-of-a-kind stops along the Oxford County Cheese Trail celebrate the region’s soft spot for cheese 365 days a year, the trail’s cheese makers, restaurants, retailers and attractions kick things up a notch during Big Cheese Days with special offers, interactive experiences and delicious tastings, Saturdays in May.
Woodstock Fleece Festival
Watch an alpaca being sheered or make your own soap covers out of raw wool. Whatever your fancy, the fall Woodstock Fleece Festival is so much more than your average craft fair.
Wienerfest Home County Festival
This free, day-long event during June in Embro, raises funds for pet rescue and helps raise awareness for the plight of abandoned and abused animals in Canada. Festivities include a Dachshund Race, a Bobbing for Weiners game where Dachshunds dive for hotdogs, a costume contest and a yogurt licking contest.
Oxford Renaissance Festival
From a full-metal jousting troupe, to a Renaissance costume making workshop, period buskers and a children’s Fairy House Contest, the Oxford Renaissance Festival is jam-packed with seriously old world fun. June 22-24, 2018 in Dorchester.
Downtown Woodstock Street Fest/Bikes & Blues
The weekend after the Civic Holiday in August, Dundas Street in Woodstock is transformed for their annual Streetfest. Known for its series of live music stages, visitors can enjoy the day tuning in while appreciating great food. Saturday is Bikes & Blues; bikes on display and moody blues music. On Sunday the downtown transforms once again as it becomes home to a car and bike show with over 200 vehicles typically on display.
Hear the Roar of the Harvards
Hear the ROAR of the Harvards at Tillsonburg Airport Fly Days in July. Come see the fleet of historic Harvard trainers as they take to the skies. Tour the hangars, talk to the volunteers, see the displays and enjoy a B-B-Q lunch.