Oyster Bay Oyster Festival

August 30, 2012 by

Oyster Festival

Oyster Festival Long Island

The Oyster Bay Oyster Festival is one of the largest waterfront festivals on the East coast. It all started as a parade honoring Theodore Roosevelt, and now it is in its 29th year with more than 200,000 visitors flocking to join in the festivities.

Oysters and More

A centerpiece of the festival is the iconic oyster eating and shucking contest. If you plan on throwing your hat in the ring for this one, be sure to bring your appetite! This contest is only open to amateurs, and the prize is bragging rights and $50.


Take part in the oyster eating and shucking contest.

Things to See and Eat and Do

People who have attended the Oyster Festival in the past come back for the entertainment, to see the tall ships and check out the food court to see what the volunteer chefs and culinary pros have cooked up. You’ll find plenty of traditional festival fare along with dozens of unique oyster dishes, and other seafood concoctions.

  • Amusement, Rides and Games: The Oyster Festival offers 26 safe, but fun rides and attractions for kids of all ages.
  • Shopping: At the commercial heart of Oyster Bay is Audrey Avenue. It’s the entry point of the festival and filled with vendors and street booths, complemented with live music. It creates a festive atmosphere you’re sure to enjoy.
  • Tall Ships: This year the fireboat John J Harvey will join the showcase of tall ships! This 130 foot, 268-net ton ship was built in 1931. The Lynx Schooner is returning this year, too. The original Lynx was among the first ships to defend American freedom in 1812. The crew will be dressed in period clothing and open for deck tours.

tall ship

The Lynx Schooner is open for deck tours.

Along with these attractions, the festival also has a petting zoo, arts and crafts, antiques, harbor cruises and other exhibits. This is a non-profit (Oyster Bay Charitable Fund) which benefits 27 non profits. It’s a good time for a good cause and worth a visit if you’re nearby.

Dates: October 13-14, 2012 (Open rain or shine.)

For more information you can call 516-628-1625 or email [email protected]

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