Attend an event


Our partners throw great oyster festivals! Simply by attending one of the below events, you are making an impact in our efforts to restore the local oyster population. In some cases, proceeds from the event will directly support ORP programming, and in others the shell collected will be circulated through our shell recycling program, and later reused as host shells for planting more oysters into the Bay. If you would like your event to be added to our list below, please contact us at:


Lexington Market Crab Derby

Lexington Market (outside)
Thursday, May 18 I 5-8 pm
1400 West Lexington Street, Baltimore
May the fastest crab win! Join ORP at the site of the old Lexington Market Crab Racing Grounds for the 2017 Crab Derby as we share information on our oyster restoration and shell recycling efforts.

This year’s event will feature live music from The Kelly Bell Band, food from Lexington Market’s most iconic vendors, including Faidley’s Seafood, local craft brews from Union Craft Brewery, a kid zone with games, crafts and activities and of course the crab racing! Tickets are $5 and kids 16 are free. For tickets and more info, visit


Movies for Miracles Benefiting ORP

Chad’s BBQ (outside)
Saturday, May 20 I 7-10:30 pm
158 W Central Ave. Edgewater
Join ORP and the Kristi Neidhardt Team for an outdoor movie night benefiting the Oyster Recovery Partnership’s youth oyster education program. The featured movie, Finding Nemo, will kick off at 8:30pm.
The event is FREE with suggested $10 donation.
The following will be available for purchase, generously donated by Chad’s BBQ.
Food, beer and wine
Soda and water
Popcorn and candy
Raffle tickets for the chance to win some amazing prizes.
*This is a cash/check only event.* Rain Date: May 26.

The Kristi Neidhardt Team began Movies for Miracles in May 2016 to help raise funds for local causes.


Kent Island Day

Saturday, May 20 I 10am-4:30pm
Main Street, Historic Stevensville
ORP will be in attendance at the Kent Island Day celebration in downtown Stevensville with hands-on oyster displays and educational materials to explain how shell recycling and reef restoration programs are helping to enhance our local oyster populations. We’ll also have our hand tonging display, where children can try to harvest their own oysters. The event will feature exhibits, displays, activities, food, vendors, and family friendly activities.


Learn to Shuck Like a Pro!

Ryleigh’s Oyster Federal Hill
Thursday, May 25 I 6-8 pm
36 E. Cross Street, Baltimore

Interested in honing your oyster shucking skills or looking to learn? Join us at Ryleigh’s Oyster Federal Hill on Thursday, May 25 for a shucking class! ORP’s very own Bryan Gomes and Ryleigh’s master shuckers will guide you step-by-step through the process. A $15 fee covers all supplies including oysters, gloves, your shucking station and a “graduation gift” – your very own knife. Positive encouragement will be provided free of charge.

While you’re there, order a beer, some grub or one of their famous fruit crushes. Space is limited. Click here to register.


 Mermaid’s Kiss Oyster Fest

Baltimore Museum of Industry
Thursday, September 21 | 6-10 pm
1415 Key Highway, Baltimore

Join us for our annual night of all-you-can eat oysters, fresh seafood dishes from iconic and up-and-coming restaurants, and live entertainment as we raise funds to build a better Chesapeake Bay. This year’s event will feature a Bay-themed silent auction, one-of-a-kind oyster sculpture by the Chesapeake Mermaid, prizes, giveaways and more! Stay tuned — restaurants and oyster farms will be announced this summer. Early-bird tickets on sale now! Get them before they’re gone!