Would you like to volunteer at the Oyster Festival? Volunteers are needed for 3-hour shifts before, during, and after the festival. Volunteers get free admission all day and one free drink ticket. Click the button for more details and to volunteer!
As always, our Oyster Festival -- winner in the past of the prestigious Bay Weekly Best of the Bay award for Community Events -- features good community company, fine regional music, an array of choice gifts for purchase, a cash raffle, local food and drink and the best oysters anywhere. Come out for the festival and our biggest fundraiser of the year and enjoy the day on our broad green lawn on the banks of the West River in Shady Side. Scroll down for more event details.
Free for Children 12 and under
Gary Wright, Leah Weiss and fellow musician Jimmy Jacobs will open performing American roots music, followed by the heartfelt originals and soaring harmonies of Tim and Savannah Finch and the Eastman String Band.
Skipper’s Pier will serve food from their renowned menu, and Chesapeake Grille will have its crab soup, burgers, and hotdogs. Beverages for sale include beer, wine, water, and soft drinks. Inside you can enjoy delicacies from the annual Avery Cafe bake sale, along with coffee and cider.
Get your oysters raw, steamed, and fried. There'll be fresh oysters shucked in front of you by members of the Anne Arundel County Watermen's Association. Enjoy an oyster shooter made with Old Bay vodka courtesy of George's Mixes!
The kids' zone has expanded and will include lots of crafts and activities, including pumpkin bowling and face painting!
Tickets are available ahead of time online and at Renno's Market. Visit the raffle booth at the festival, too!
Visit the Choose It! booth to find unique gifts and experiences at discounted prices. Generously donated by individuals and businesses. Click for a sneak peek!