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Double Decades for Double Decker’s 20th Anniversary

It’s not spring in Oxford without the Double Decker Arts Festival, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.

Painting courtesy Double Decker vendor Judy Seay Booth near Round Table
Painting courtesy Double Decker vendor Judy Seay
Booth near Round Table

The festival, inspired by the bright red Double Decker bus imported from England in 1994 and now seen as a tour vehicle for the city, showcases the beauty of the arts around Oxford, including music, painting, sculptures, jewelry and more.

Since its inception April 27, 1996, the festival has become the highlight of the year not only for Oxonians, but also for Mississippians and Southerners alike, bringing thousands of tourists into town to enjoy a weekend of arts and entertainment. From its humble beginnings with a music stage set in a truck bed and a handful of vendors, it has grown into a two-day celebration, this year taking over town on April 24-25 with dozens of booths and a number of performers throughout both days.

For the bulk of a long weekend, the historic Oxford Square is shut down to cars and covered in pedestrians and vendors, selling the unique art and delicious foods of the area. Students mingle with locals, enjoying a cold drink on a warm spring day leading into a night of music and partying throughout the downtown area.

This year, music group Water Liars kicks off the music portion of the weekend at 6 p.m. Friday, featuring Andrew Bryant from Mississippi and Justin Kinkel-Schuster from Arkansas. The Double Decker Spring Runs — 10K, 5K and Fun Run — are early Saturday morning, giving participants a tour of the beautiful antebellum homes, the Ole Miss campus, as well as the historic home of William Faulkner before a second day of festivities, ending with a performance at 8:30 p.m. on the Graduate Hotel Stage by Trampled by Turtles out of Duluth, Minnesota.

Fun for young and old, Double Decker is bound to be a weekend to remember for the whole family — until next year.

Amelia Camurati is editor of HottyToddy.com and can be reached at amelia.camurati@hottytoddy.com.

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