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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


Oyster Alley: Oyster Education and Tastings

Saturday & Sunday, Aug. 26 and 27 | 5-10 p.m.
The Maryland State Fair at Timonium State Fairgrounds: 2200 York Road, Lutherville-Timonium

Organized by the Coastal Conservation Association Maryland in partnership with the Oyster Recovery Partnership, Oyster Alley at the Maryland State Fair will highlight current oyster restoration efforts, aquaculture opportunities and the importance of oysters to a healthy Bay and fishery. Maryland oyster farmers will be on hand with raw and grilled oysters fresh from their leases. Located across from the food pavilion.


Paddle Fest 2017

Saturday, Sept. 16 | 11-4 p.m.
Capital SUP on Spa Creek: 808 Boucher Ave., Annapolis

Help celebrate and bring awareness to clean up efforts in Spa Creek. Take guided paddle tour or paddle at your leisure and learn more about what it will take to restore the creek. All paddlers and people on foot should plan to meet at noon. The Oyster Recovery Partnership will share information on oyster restoration and provide guests the chance to try hand tonging for shell.


Corsica Watershed Awareness Day

Sunday, Sept. 17 | 12-4 p.m.
Corsica River Yacht Club on Ship Point: 589 Conquest Road, Centreville

This free event combines family fun with engaging environmental education to remind residents of their responsibility to help restore and maintain a clean and healthy river and watershed. The Oyster Recovery Partnership will share information on oyster restoration and provide guests the chance to try hand tonging for shell.


Mermaid’s Kiss Oyster Fest

Thursday, Sept. 21 | 6-10 p.m.
Baltimore Museum of Industry: 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. Presented by Hoopers Island Oyster Co., his year’s event will feature a Bay-themed silent auction, one-of-a-kind oyster sculpture by the Chesapeake Mermaid, prizes, giveaways and more! Get your tickets before they’re gone!


Save the Date: Learn to Shuck Like a Pro

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

Interested in honing your oyster shucking skills or looking to learn? Join us at Maggie’s 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. While there, order a beer, a burger or one of their awesome craft cocktails. Must be 21+ to participate. Stay tuned for more info!


Downtown Westminster Oyster Stroll

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

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.  The Oyster Recovery Partnership will share information on shell recycling, oyster restoration and host a series of shucking demonstrations. So come on by and sample all the flavors of our Chesapeake Bay, while helping to support the 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!