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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


Shuck Like a Pro at The Walrus Oyster & Ale House

Thursday, August 1| 6-8 p.m.
The Walrus Oyster & Ale House Columbia: 10300 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Maryland 21044

Just in time for National Oyster Day, learn the art of shucking with ORP at The Walrus Oyster & Ale House Columbia, where our master shucker will guide you step by step using hands-on instruction. A $35 fee covers all supplies including oysters, gloves, a shucking block and “graduation gift” – your very own knife!

The event will also feature a little oyster education with hands-on displays, as well as giveaways, beer tastings and specials from Flying Dog Brewery.

Must be 21+ to participate. Event typically sells out quickly! Generously sponsored by The Walrus Oyster & Ale House and Flying Dog Brewery. Proceeds benefit the Oyster Recovery Partnership, an Annapolis-based nonprofit and national leader in Bay oyster restoration. Click here for tickets.


Oyster Regatta Festival at Ryleigh’s Hunt Valley

Saturday, September 7| 12-8 p.m.
Ryleigh’s Oyster Hunt Valley: 22 W. Padonia Rd., Timonium, Maryland 21093

Get ready to slurp, sip, and support a great cause with Ryleigh’s Oyster Hunt Valley and Oyster Recovery Partnership at their inaugural Oyster Regatta – a summer food and entertainment festival dedicated to the boldest bivalve of them all.

Oyster Regatta will feature carefully-curated Tasting Tents, Raw Bars and Sponsorship displays, all chosen for their unique commitment to the appreciation and preservation of the Chesapeake oyster. Menu highlights include True Blue Maryland Crab Cakes, Live Fire Roasted Whole Fish, Fried Oysters, Grilled Oysters, MD Style Pit Beef and of course, over 10 types of raw oysters on the half shell (many of which are just a buck-a-shuck!)

Highlighting Ryleigh’s seafood-studded festival will be a live performance from ABC’s The Voice runner-up Adam Wakefield – as well as local artists Will Hill and Amanda Lynn.

Kids will love trying their hand at hand-tonging with authentic oyster tongs and racing model boats on “lake half shell” – a feat made made possible by the local fire department. Adults can get in on the action too, learning to shuck with pro George Hastings and ORP. Proceeds benefit the important mission of Oyster Recovery Partnership, who will be recycling all shell for restoration. Click here for VIP tickets.


MK 2019 logo_vert-02Save the Date: Mermaid’s Kiss Oyster Fest

Thursday, September 19| 6-9 p.m.
Baltimore Museum of Industry: 1415 Key Highway, Baltimore, Maryland 21230

Get ready for an experience you won’t soon forget at Mermaid’s Kiss Oyster Fest! Whether you like them raw, fried, baked, or boozy, we’ve got oysters from all across the Chesapeake Bay region served any way you want them!  Now in its 9th year, Mermaid’s Kiss is the premiere event in Baltimore to eat, drink and be merry as mermaids – all while supporting large-scale oyster restoration projects in the Chesapeake Bay. Enjoy creative small plates from some of the region’s top chefs, live music, an open bar and a plethora of local, freshly shucked oysters.

Tickets include unlimited oysters, food and drink. Sales kick off July 8th with special pricing. Click here for more info.