Let’s Get Festive!

The Return Of The “R” Months Means
Oyster Festival Season Is In Full Effect

Mermaid’s Kiss Oyster Fest
September 19

Benefiting Oyster Recovery Partnership (ORP), the festivities cap its 25th anniversary and celebrate achievements, including 8.5 billion oysters planted throughout the Maryland portion of the Chesapeake, establishing the largest Shell Recycling Alliance in the nation and more! Enjoy creative small plates from top chefs, live music, an open bar and plenty of freshly shucked oysters. The evening will also feature a Bay-themed silent auction — and mermaids galore!

E-tickets: OysterRecovery.org

Chincoteague Island Oyster Festival
October 12

Celebrating the arrival of the oyster season. Enjoy oysters — raw, steamed, fritters, single fried and more. This is an advance-ticketed event that is typically sold out before the festival opens.

E-tickets: ChincoteagueChamber.com

Tilghman Island Day
October 19

Arts and nautical crafts, boat-building demonstrations and boat-docking races, oyster shucking and crab-picking contests, a look at the life of a waterman — and much more. A fun day for the whole family!

More Info: TourTalbot.org

October 26

Set on the picturesque grounds of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, OysterFest features oysters served a variety of ways, along with other local fare, craft beer, and spirits, live music on two stages, scenic river cruises aboard Winnie Estelle (weather dependent), an oyster stew competition, cooking presentations, Chesapeake Bay retriever and oystering demonstrations, children’s activities and more.

More Info: CBMM.org

Shell Shocked at Fager’s Island
November 2 & November 9

The resort’s premier oyster and fall craft beer event. Admission includes a variety of AYCE oysters on the half shell, BBQ ribs, chicken and more. Craft beer provided by Evolution Brewing Co. A separate admission ticket is required for each date.

E-tickets: Fagers.Ticketleap.com

U.S. Oyster Festival
October 19-20

Celebrate the 53rd anniversary of the U.S. Oyster Festival and the opening of the Chesapeake Bay’s oyster season. U.S. National Oyster Shucking Championships and National Oyster Cook-Off.

E-tickets: USOysterFest.com

November 2

Celebrate oysters Phillips Wharf-style, on its environmental center campus, by exploring the bounty from Maryland aquaculture and commercial harvests. Seven local craft breweries will also be on hand. Enjoy live music, oysters made a variety of ways, a cool auction and a great location.

More info: PhillipsWharf.org

Saxis Island Oyster Roast
November 2

Unlike many other oyster festivals, this oyster roast is held indoors — and features table service. Guests need only hold up a sign and a volunteer will bring over almost any seafood item from the menu — including steamed oysters, single fried oysters, clam chowder and fried clam strips.

E-tickets: SaxisIsland.com

Merrior & Terrior Oyster Extravaganza
November 9

Celebrate the Eastern Shore’s distinct viticulture and aquaculture offerings
and tout the hyper-local benefits of growing grapes within steps of some of the best aquafarming in the country. Admission includes a raw-bar tasting, roasted oysters and much more. Live music and limited seating available on a first-come first-served basis. Advanced- ticket-purchased required.

E-tickets: ChathamVineyards.com

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