What’s on in Oxford and across Oxfordshire this August

What’s on in Oxford and across Oxfordshire in August.

Hello and welcome to your invaluable guide to what’s on in Oxford and across Oxfordshire this August.

Sadly, the Fairport Cropredy Convention that was originally scheduled for 12 to 14 August 2021 is one of several events that have been cancelled because of the lockdown extension.

However, with the lifting of the remaining lockdown restrictions, there’s plenty to see and do in Oxford and across Oxfordshire this August, and this is just a curated list.

The Henley Royal Regatta - a staple of the British Sporting and Summer season in June/July, has been rescheduled to mid-August.

Take advantage of the sunny weather (fingers crossed) by heading out into Oxfordshire’s great outdoors - to catch a musical festival, an outdoor play or performance, a food festival, or perhaps an open-air movie.

And while you’re at it, explore the county’s parks and open spaces, book a table at one of Oxfordshire’s best restaurants with outdoor seating, or enjoy afternoon tea in one of the many fine country homes within easy reach.

Be sure to visit our “What’s on section”, where you’ll find more events in Oxford and across Oxfordshire, as well as a limited number of unmissable events beyond the county that would make for a great day out.

Got an event that should be on the list? List your event on The Oxford Magazine and let us help you reach a local audience of people who live, work or place in Oxfordshire.


TOKYO: Art & Photography Exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum

TOKYO: Art & Photography Exhibition at the Ashmolean

Until 03 January
TOKYO: Art & Photography Exhibition is a major exhibition at the Ashmolean. It explores Japan’s capital city through the varied and vibrant arts it has generated over 400 years, from its beginnings as the headquarters of the Tokugawa shoguns in the early 1600s to the sprawling modern metropolis and dynamic centre of art, photography and design it is today.
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2021 Langford Arts Festival

2021 Langford Arts Festival

31 July to 01 August
The festival is set in the quintessential Cotswold village of Langford will feature works from over 40 amateur and professional artists ranging from watercolour, acrylic and oil paintings, prints and photography to sculpture, glass and pottery.
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Oxford Proms - Classical Favourites - Jocelyn Freeman

Oxford Proms – Classical Favourites

07 August
Welcome back Jocelyn Freeman to perform Mozart's 9th Piano Concerto, his most acclaimed early masterpiece of this genre. The concert is packed full of memorable melodies.
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The Legends Festival 2021 - The Henley Showground, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire

The Legends Festival 2021

07 & 08 August
The UK’s biggest arena tribute acts celebrating the world’s greatest pop and rock acts. Everyone will love this amazing weekend of live music.
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Fullers’ Shakespeare in the Garden 2021 As You Like It at The Chequers in Weston-on-the-Green

Shakespeare’ As You Like It at The Chequers in Weston-on-the-Green

10 August
Experience Shakespeare as intended - informal, raucous and in a spacious pub garden with a drink in hand. Whether this will be your first or thirty-first night of Shakespeare, you will not be disappointed.
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The Luna Open-Air Cinema at Blenheim Palace

The Luna Open-Air Cinema at Blenheim Palace

12 to 15 August
After months of staying indoors watching movies on the small screen, it’s time to head outside for an unforgettable big-screen experience at the Luna Open-Air Cinema at Blenheim Palace.
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Retro CarFest 2021 at Bicester Heritage - What’s on in Oxford and across Oxfordshire this August

Retro CarFest 2021 at Bicester Heritage

13 to 15 August
It’s official, CarFest is coming to Bicester Heritage. The new addition to CarFest family will take place from 13 to 15 August.
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Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra at New Theatre Oxford

Jools Holland & his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra at Stonor Park

14 August
King of boogie woogie, Jools Holland, brings his energy-fuelled show to Stonor Park, featuring Gilson Lavis and guests Eddi Reader, Ruby Turner and Louise Marshall.
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What’s on in Oxford and across Oxfordshire this August - Oxford Balloon Festival 2021 - Cutteslowe Park in Oxford

Oxford Balloon Festival 2021 (Cancelled)

20 to 22 August (Cancelled)
A fun-filled weekend of live entertainment, Hot Air Balloons, Giant Funfair, Fireworks, Food and Drink, Local Traders and much more.
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Race for Life Oxford 5k & 10k

Race for Life Oxford 5k & 10K 2021

22 August
Join thousands of people uniting with one purpose - to raise valuable funds for life-saving research.
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SIX at Oxford Playhouse

SIX at Oxford Playhouse

Until 05 September
Critically acclaimed across the UK with a soundtrack storming up the UK pop charts, the sell-out intoxicating Tudor take-off is on tour! From Tudor queens to pop princesses, the six wives of Henry VIII finally take to the mic to tell their tales, remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak into an 80-minute celebration of 21st-century girl power.
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Thames Traditional Boat Festival 2021

Thames Traditional Boat Festival 2021

27 to 30 August
The 42nd Thames Traditional Boat Festival - popularly known as 'The Trad' - will go ahead again this year following the lifting of COVID-19 lockdown restrictions.
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Blenheim Palace Food Festival 2022

Blenheim Palace Food Festival 2022

02 to 05 June
For those seeking a majestic venue to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend, look no further than the Blenheim Palace Food Festival in Oxfordshire, returning for its 8th year over the Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend.
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Henley Royal Regatta 2021

Henley Royal Regatta 2022

28 June to 03 July 2022
Established in March 1839, this is undoubtedly one of the best-known regattas in the world; and a highlight of both the summer sporting calendar and the English social season.
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Waterperry Opera Festival 2021

Waterperry Opera Festival 2022

12 to 20 August
To commemorate their 5th year, Waterperry Opera Festival have comprised a lively, heartfelt, and visionary eight-day open-air festival. More details, including booking information, to follow soon…
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Rewind Festival South at Temple Island Meadows, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire

Rewind Festival South 2022

19 to 21 August
The biggest 80’s music festival in the world. It is a spectacular event, packed full of fun, laughter, great (and terrible!) costumes and friends.
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The Big Feastival, Alex James’ Farm, Kingham, Oxfordshire

The Big Feastival 2022

26 to 28 August 2020
The three-day family-friendly music and food festival returns to Alex James’ Farm near Kingham in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds from 26 to 28 August 2022.
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2021 Abingdon Summer Fireworks Festival

Abingdon Summer Balloon & Firework Festival 2022

27 August
Head up to Abingdon Airfield with your family and friends for a breathtaking evening of hot air balloons, skydiving and world-class firework entertainment.
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Foodies Festival Oxford

Foodies Festival Oxford 2022

27 to 29 August
This mouth-watering summer festival returns to Oxford's South Park with live music, workshops, masterclasses and of course Top Chefs, plus Kids Zone with Kids Cookery Theatre.
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