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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


MK 2019 logo_vert-02SOLD OUT! Mermaid’s Kiss Oyster Fest

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

The party may be sold out, but you can still participate and support us in our 25th anniversary year by bidding on silent auction items online! The auction will open by Wednesday, September 11, 2019. If you’re still interested in attending Mermaid’s Kiss, email Allison Albert Guercio to join the waitlist.


Feast for the Reefs

Saturday, September 21| 6-9 PM
In Home Stone: 100 Edgewood Ave, Annapolis, Maryland 21401

Looking for a way to give back and an opportunity enjoy yourself? Come to Feast for the Reefs, an outdoor festival with delicious food, great drinks, live music and more! Hosted by In Home Stone and benefiting Oyster Recovery Partnership, enjoy all-you-can-eat crabs, oysters, fries, beer, and wine, plus a performance by Joe Singer from Johnny Bling. ORP representatives will attend to explain how our programs put more oysters – nature’s best filtration machines – in the Bay. Enjoy great food and good times while helping create a clean and healthy Chesapeake Bay! $80/ticket and table packages available.  Click here for tickets.


Ryleigh’s Oysterfest 13

Saturday, October 12 | 12-9 PM
NEW LOCATION: West Covington Park, 101 W Cromwell Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21230

Get ready to slurp, sip, and support a great cause at Ryleigh’s Oyster’s 13th celebration of the opening of prime Chesapeake Bay Oystering season. Oysterfest – a two-day food-and-entertainment festival – now in a new location – features dozens food tents, raw bars, and information booths, all chosen for their unique commitment to the appreciation and preservation of the bold Chesapeake oyster. Among the foodiefied fare you’ll find Maryland crab cakes, fried and grilled oysters, Baltimore style pit beef, smoked live-fire fish, and over 10 varieties of raw oysters — including buck-a-shuck tasting tents with local oyster farmers!

Highlighting Ryleigh’s seafood-studded street festival is the 9th Annual Baltimore Oyster Shucking Championship (Saturday, 10/12 at 3:30 PM). Watch as the region’s top shuckers compete for the local title and over $1,000 in cash prizes!

A portion of proceeds benefit the Oyster Recovery Partnership and Living Classrooms Foundation, Shipboard Department. Purchase tickets.


Jailbreak Brews & Bivalves

Saturday, October 19 | 12-6 PM
Jailbreak Brewing Co.: 9445 Washington Blvd N, Laurel, Maryland 20723

Join ORP and Jailbreak along with local oystermen offering their finest bounty, shucked as you order, for $1 each! The brewery’s FoodWorks kitchen will be serving oysters grilled, fried, and baked Casino-style. Jailbreak will have an outdoor Biergarten in front of the Taproom, pouring an array of brews, with $5 select pints and oyster shooters! Scoop & Paddle will be on-site with delicious sweet treats, including the return of Dusk till Dusk 2018 Chocolate Ice Cream with Chocolate-Covered Pretzel Pieces. Live music by Black Rhinoceros from 12:30 to 2:30 PM and the return of Eastern Shore duo Mike Elzey and Shea Springer from 3:30 to 5:30 PM.

A portion of festival beer sales will be donated to Oyster Recovery Partnership. ORP will be on-site to recycle shells and share information about how we are helping to re-establish Maryland’s native oyster population for a healthier Chesapeake Bay. Learn more.


Tony & Joe’s Shuck It!

Saturday, October 19 | 1-5 PM
Tony & Joe’s: 300 K Street NW, Washington DC 20007

Don’t miss the 7th annual Georgetown Shuck It! Beer and Oyster Festival at Tony and Joe’s! Enjoy freshly shucked and grilled oysters, whole roast porquetta, beef, locally-brewed beers and wines, oyster shooters, and – back by popular demand – live music from The Yachtsmen and Jumpin’ Jupiter. ORP will be recycling the shells to benefit the Bay. Purchase tickets.


Old Ebbitt Oyster Riot XXV

Saturday, October 26| 1-4 PM & 7-10 PM
The Bullpen at Nats Park: 1201 Half St SE, Washington, DC 20003

Attend DC’s biggest oyster fest, Oyster Riot, to enjoy all-you-can-stomach beers, wines, oysters, food tastings, and more! Performances by the world-renowned New Orleans Suspects performing their “Tribal Gold” show and The Crawdaddies, a Baltimore-based party band. ORP will be on-hand with swag and everyone’s favorite oyster mascot, Shelly. A portion of proceeds will benefit ORP’s efforts to restore Maryland’s native oyster. More info and tickets.


Flying Dog Sprint For Spat

sfsSaturday, November 2| 9 AM – 5 PM
Flying Dog Brewery: 4607 Wedgewood Blvd, Frederick, Maryland 21703

Love running? Love beer? Flying Dog’s Sprint for Spat— a running extravaganza unlike any other on the planet – is perfect for you! Race proceeds will go to ORP to continue oyster restoration efforts in the Chesapeake Bay. Stick around after you finish for live music, fresh oysters, well-crafted beers, and post-race fun. More info and tickets.