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Maryland Oyster Festival fun for families

October is a great time for oysters, and the fall festival season provides plenty of opportunities for kids to have fun while mom and dad get their slurp on. Here are four oyster festivals going on this month in Maryland that have something for everyone — even if oysters aren’t your thing.


Captain Avery Museum Oyster Festival, Shady Side October 15

A party that celebrates both the oyster and the fun of a day by the Bay with family and friends, the festival offers food from top local eateries, music from local bands, children’s activities, craft offerings, and Avery’s own “Choose It!,” a way of filling your calendar with fun all year round.

Oyster lovers can get their fill any way they like ‘em: raw; fried in a basket, platter, or roll; in stew; in soup; in sushi; or in shooters. Lots of other fine food will be available, including hot dogs and hamburgers for the kids, if you can get them to stand still long enough.

Kids can choose from a variety of activities provided at no extra cost, such as watching live crab races, getting their faces painted by local artists, making crafts, and playing games.

Cost is $6; $2 for ages 12 and under. Hours are 12:30- 5p.m.

Great Baltimore Oyster Festival, Baltimore October 14

The Great Baltimore Oyster Festival returns to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor on Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 1pm to 5pm at West Shore Park! The festival includes live music, oysters, seafood dishes from local restaurants, beer wine, & specialty cocktails, and family-friendly activities.

NEW this year is the Oyster Shucking Contest, pinning professional Oyster Shuckers against each other and the clock! Learn about oysters, their vital role to keeping our waters clean, how they grow, and where they come from.

The event is FREE to attend but you need to purchase a ticket to eat oysters. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the event and include your choice of 6 Raw Oysters, 6 Fried Oysters, or 4 Grilled Oysters. Sorry, no refunds can be given on any tickets sold.

The festival will benefit the Chesapeake Bay Foundation & Waterfront Partnership’s Healthy Harbor Initiative.

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum OysterFest 2017 October 28

OysterFest, a celebration of the Chesapeake’s favorite bivalve, will return to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, 10am to 5pm, rain or shine. The event features live music, an oyster stew competition, boat rides, retriever demonstrations, oysters and other local fare, and cooking demonstrations, along with children’s activities, oystering demonstrations, harvesting displays, and more.

Admission is $5 CBMM adult Members (and two adult guests of Family & Friends members & above), $18 for adults, $15 for seniors (62+), $6 for children between the ages of six and 17.
Member children & children ages 5 and under free.

51st Annual U.S. Oyster Festival in St. Mary’s County October 21 and 22

Celebrate the opening of oyster season on the Chesapeake Bay and take part in one of the oldest and most popular oyster festivals in the United States, the 51st annual U.S. Oyster Festival featuring the U.S. National Oyster Shucking Championships and National Oyster Cook-Off.

Known for its exquisite range of seafood and exhibition of cultural activities surrounding oysters & the waterman’s way of life in St. Mary’s County, this annual festival also includes live music, local foods, arts, crafts, craft beer tasting, and general family fun.

Saturday hours are 10am-6pm, Sunday 11am-6pm. Admission is $10 per person, kids under 12 are FREE, food is pay as you eat.


The Chesapeake Oyster & Beer Festival at the Capital Riverfront in DC October 21st 

Enjoy the best of the bivalves to you along with lots of other goodies. Enjoy the world’s best shuckers – shucking just for you, smell the fire under the grilled oysters, taste the briny flavor of the steamed seafood, watch the action while the symphony of tastes plays on right before your eyes. There will also be plenty of food truck options, lots of games and great music on the main stage.

Hours are noon to 6pm. A portion of proceeds will benefit the Spirit of Hope Children’s Foundation. Ticket prices start at $39.00 per person. VIP options available.

Click here for more fun fall festivals.

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