Oxford, Mississippi

In 2016, the World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest moved south to it’s new home in Oxford, Mississippi, the birthplace of Nobel prize-winning author William Faulkner. Often touted as the “cultural Mecca of the South,” Oxford attracts many artists, musicians and writers from across the country, some of whom choose to remain as a permanent fixture in our community.

Located approximately 75 miles south of Memphis, TN, Oxford offers something for everyone interested in a culturally diverse experience. The charming Square hosts many boutiques, fine restaurants, galleries and bookstores as well as the oldest department store in the South. The average daily temperature in late May is usually in the low 80’s. For information on Oxford historic sites, restaurants, shopping and lodging, Visit Oxford.


If traveling by car, Oxford is located 25 miles east of Batesville, MS off I-55 by divided highway. The West Oxford exit (first one) will be the exit for the Hampton Inn. If driving west to Oxford, take Hwy. 78 (Birmingham to Memphis Interstate) to Hwy. 6 (278) West. Follow the signs for Oxford or University of Mississippi.

The closest airports to Oxford are located in Tupelo, MS (approximately 45 mi. east) and Memphis, TN (approx. 75 mi. north). All major car rental agencies and Uber are available at the Memphis International Airport. The Contest does not provide transportation to Oxford.

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