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Our partners throw great oyster festivals! By simply attending one of these events, you’re making an impact in our efforts to restore the local oyster population. In some cases, proceeds from the event directly support Oyster Recovery Partnership programming, and in others, the shell collected will be circulated through our shell recycling program and reused as host shells for planting more oysters into the Chesapeake Bay. If you’d like your event added to the list below, please contact us at events@oysterrecovery.org.

 

Oyster Wars Oyster Fest

Saturday, Sept. 23 | 3-11 p.m.
The Salt Line: 79 Potomac Ave SE, Washington DC

Calling all DC Foodies! The Salt Line is hosting a bevy of the finest farms, best breweries and most talented chefs spanning the Eastern Seaboard. Not to mention live music, and a portion of proceeds support oyster restoration projects in the Chesapeake Bay. A portion of proceeds benefit the Oyster Recovery Partnership, who will be on hand to spread some oyster knowledge. Your ticket price of $45 includes oysters and tastings from featured chefs and oyster farms. Food tastings will be served from 4-7pm, and cash bar and festivities will continue on throughout the evening. We hope to see you there!

 

Our Bay’s Oysters

Sunday, Sept. 24 | 1:30-3 p.m.
Captain Avery Museum: 1418 E. West Shady Side Rd, Shady Side, MD

This presentation weaves together the human relationship with the Chesapeake Bay oyster. Guests will learn about Waterman Culture, Oyster Ecology and the Oyster Wars. Includes hands on activities and an up-close look at oysters. Museum Members $10; Non-Members $15. Tickets available at http://captainaverymuseum.org/event/Our-Bays-Oysters.

 

Learn to Shuck Like a Pro

Thursday, Oct. 5 | 7-9 p.m.
Maggie’s Restaurant: 310 East Green Street, Westminster, MD

Interested in honing your oyster shucking skills or looking to learn? Join us at Maggies Restaurant for a shucking class. Our master shucker will guide you step-by-step through the process as you shuck and slurp your way through a mound of oysters. Tickets are $35 per person and also include your fill of oysters (raw, steamed and casino), oyster stew, featured Flying Dog beers and more! To purchase your tickets call Maggie’s at 410-848-1441. Limited seating available and pre-registration is required. Must be 21+ to participate.

 

The High Street Hot Sauce & Oyster Fest

Sunday, Oct. 8 | 1-6 p.m.
305 High St, Cambridge, MD 21613

The 8th Annual Hot Sauce & Oyster Fest has Moved Down the Block to High Street in Cambridge, Maryland! It’s Iron Man Weekend and We are Continuing the Party on Sunday. There will be live music, oysters nearly any way you want them, hundreds of hot sauces to choose from and more. There will be activities for children and the event is dog friendly. $5 at the gate.

 

Learn to Shuck Like a Pro at the Westminster Oyster Stroll

Saturday, Oct. 14 | 12-5 p.m.
Downtown Westminster

The Oyster Recovery Partnership and master shucker Corey Bacon will show guests how to shuck oysters like a pro at this year’s annual Westminster Oyster Stroll. Tickets are $25 each and include a 45-minute shucking workshop, 6 oysters, a souvenir shucking knife and a drink ticket redeemable in the Beer/Wine/Spirit Garden. ORP will also share information on its shell recycling and oyster restoration efforts. Multiple class times available. To purchase tickets, visit www.westminstermd.gov/oysterstroll.

The Oyster Stroll festival is far more than oysters, music, food and fun for the community, it’s an event designed to educate citizens on oyster aquaculture in the Chesapeake Bay. Attendees will  learn how local groups are working to restore wild oyster populations using recycled shell and concrete reef balls.  So come on by and sample all the flavors of our Chesapeake Bay, while helping to support ORP and CCA Living Reef Action Campaign.

 

Ryleigh’s Oyster Fest

Oct. 14 & 15 | Saturday 12-8 p.m. & Sunday 10-7 p.m.
Ryleigh’s Oyster: 36 E Cross St, Baltimore

Baltimore’s Historic Federal Hill transforms into an Oyster Lovers Paradise! This annual two-day food and entertainment festival calls thousands of oyster-loving locals and visitors alike for a weekend full of bold Baltimore flavor and big time fun! Oysterfest features dozens of carefully curated tasting tents, raw bars, and sponsorship displays, all chosen for their unique commitment to the appreciation and preservation of the bold Chesapeake oyster. A portion of proceeds benefit the Oyster Recovery Partnership, who will be on hand to spread some oyster knowledge.

 

Horn Point Laboratory Open House

Saturday, Oct. 14 | 10 a.m.- 3p.m.
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science at Horn Point Laboratory: 2020 Horns Point Rd., Cambridge, MD 21613

The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science at Horn Point Laboratory opens its facilities up to the general public every year during October. Tour the state-of-the-art oyster hatchery and discover what research is being done in the Chesapeake Bay, throughout the U.S. and across the globe. The event will include fun activities for kids and best of all, it’s free!

 

Chesapeake Oyster & Beer Festival

Saturday, October 21 | 12-6 p.m.
1325 1st St SE, Washington, DC 20003

Join us for a shucking good time! Seafood and more seafood, paired with lots of libations. Enjoy the regions 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. All Show Features are under tents, including a VIP seating area and exhibits. You’ll have food truck options, lots of games and great music on the main stage. The Oyster Recovery Partnership will be on hand to spread some oyster knowledge. Don’t be late for the Champagne Toast or the Lobster Steam. Get your tickets now.

 

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Oyster Fest

Saturday, October 28 | 10a.m. -5 p.m.
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum: 213 North Talbot Street, St. Michaels, MD

A celebration of the Chesapeake’s favorite bivalve, this  event features live music, an oyster stew competition, oysters and other local fare, cooking demonstrations, as well as boat rides, retriever demonstrations, children’s activities, harvesting displays and more! The Oyster Recovery Partnership and other conservation organizations will discuss efforts to clean and preserve the Chesapeake Bay. Festival-goers can explore CBMM’s exhibitions, including Oystering on the Chesapeake and Waterman’s Wharf, where guests can try tonging or nippering for oysters. Displayed dockside will be several boats historically used in the oystering industry. Admission varies by age group.