Top Oyster Festivals to Celebrate National Oyster Day

It's time to relax and enjoy an oyster, as August 5 is National Oyster Day and its time to celebrate this wonderful little mollusk in all its varieties.

Here are some facts about oysters:

Oyster Festivals

1. There are over 100 species of oysters. Traditionally they are named after the body of water or bay in which they are grown. It is the body of water that gives them a distinct flavor.

2. Oyster farming and cultivation goes all the way back to Roman times in France and England.

3. The largest oyster producing body of water is a Chesapeake Bay.

Here are some of the top 10 oyster festivals in the country.

St. Mary's County Waster Festival, California, Maryland

Oyster Crackers

October 21-22

Every fall this oyster Festival is family oriented and features an exciting oyster shucking and cooking competition.The festival guests can savor their favorite delicacy and receive free samples of oyster crackers. By the way, when you apply Target coupons on your purchase of oyster crackers at Target you will get them for much less, nearly for free!

The New Orleans Oyster Festival, New Orleans

First week of June

It is too late this year to attend this festival but not too early to plan for next year. The event is free and features some of the best seafood restaurants in the city as well as big names in jazz and blues.

New York Oyster Week, New York City

New Orleans Oyster Festival

September 15-28

This fall, this festival will once again celebrate the cuisine that the city's food industry was built on. It is the city's first major marketable eatable. Booties and newcomers alike will enjoy the best oysters in the country.

Milford Oyster Festival, Milford, Connecticut

August 17

This festival has amazing oysters but also hosts some talented musical acts. This year they will feature the band Blues Traveler on the festival's main stage.

The Florida Seafood Festival, Apalachicola, Florida

November 3-4

Florida Seafood Festival

This festival is a two-day family event, which draws tens of thousands of visitors to the historic town. The event features both an oyster eating and oyster-shucking contest. The musical talent this year is Kellie Pickler, and American Idol alumnus and a Dancing with the Stars champion.

Urbanna Oyster Festival, Urbanna Virginia

November 3-4

This is a mission free Festival which features the Oyster Festival Parade and has an Oyster Festival queen. It also has the oyster shucking contest and winetasting.

Fiesta Oyster Bake, San Antonio Texas

End of April

This is held on the campus of St. Mary's University and has a Tex-Mex feel in a celebration. All the proceeds from the event benefit student scholarships.

Guinness Oyster Fest, Chicago

Guinness Oyster Fest

September 7

This is held in Chicago's Roscoe Village and is a post-Labor Day event that features fresh oysters as well as other culinary delights from local restaurants. The festival hosts a great light music lineup, which includes Irish favorites such as The Tossers and Rusted Root.

Wellfleet Oyster Fest, Wellfleet Massachusetts

October 14-15

This festival features local cuisine, educational lectures and cooking demonstrations. There are arts and crafts and children's activities, live music, road races, walking tours and annual oysters shuck off competition.

Ways to Save on Festivals


Volunteers At Festival

Consider volunteering to work for the festival to save money on your tickets or even attend the event for free. There is a great range of various organizations you can join to volunteer for a festival. You will have to work several shifts or the particular number of hours to be able to attend the event with discount or for free.

Snag Your Tickets Early

As a rule many festivals offer some “early bird” tickets that cost less than the regular tickets. So if you are determined to visit the particular festival start looking for tickets far in advance so you could purchase your ticket early.

Search for Deals

Sometimes festivals may promote the event and provide access to the limited number of tickets with discount through sites like Groupon or Living Social. So it makes sense to shop around for the best deal possible before you actually buy your ticket. In addition, a number of festivals offer discounts with coupon codes on food and activities.

Use the Payment Plan

In case you lack the cash available to pay for a full-priced ticket you may take advantage of payment plans many festivals typically offer. If you fear that the tickets may sell out before you have the money on hand you had better rely on the payment plan that will allow you to split the cost of the ticket into several payments.