Attend an event

We and our partners throw great oyster events!

By simply attending, you’re making an impact in our efforts to restore Chesapeake Bay oysters. In some cases, proceeds from the event directly support ORP’s programs, and in others, oyster shells will be collected as part of our shell recycling program to be reused for planting more oysters in the Bay.


Saturday, October 8, 12 – 4pm | B&O Railroad Museum | BUY EARLY BIRD TICKETS NOW!

A party with a purpose, the World is Your Oyster Festival is a celebration of oysters’ promise and our opportunity for Chesapeake Bay recovery. It will be a bivalve-lovers bash showcasing regional oyster farms, delicious fare from shell recycling restaurants, unique beer, wine, and cocktail pairings, chances to learn to “Shuck Like a Pro,” an official shucking competition, and much, much more!! Set at the B&O Railroad Museum in the heart of Maryland’s historic oyster city, the World is Your Oyster Festival is the next generation of ORP’s annual event that will carry on the reputation as best seafood and raw bar fête in Baltimore! Learn more.


Friday, August 5 – Sunday, August 7 | Participating Restaurants

National Oyster Day is Friday, August 5  – mark your calendar to celebrate this seafood lovers holiday all weekend long! “Give Back to the Bay” by visiting participating Shell Recycling Alliance restaurants, critical partners in ORP’s effort to restore oysters to the Chesapeake Bay. They’ll be offering oyster specials galore so you can enjoy the Bay’s bounty without breaking the bank. Thanks to Maryland’s Best Seafood for sponsoring National Oyster Weekend. Learn more.

If you’re a restaurant that’s interested in participating, please email Kaylee Fleury or sign up here.


Wednesday, August 10, 6-8pm | 1041 MD-3, Gambrills, MD 21054 | Purchase Tickets

What pairs better than beer and oysters? Get ready for exciting installment of Shuck Like a Pro at Pherm Brewing Company.  If you are interested in mastering your oyster shucking skills or looking to learn so you can impress your pals, join us at Pherm where our master shucker will guide you step by step using hands-on instruction.  A $55 fee covers all supplies including 3 (16 oz pours), oysters, accountments, gloves, a shucking block and “graduation gift” – your very own limited edition Pherm + ORP collaboration knife! While there, enjoy local craft beer, hanging with your pals, raffles and more! Must be 21+ to participate. Generously sponsored by Pherm Brewing. Portion of proceeds benefit the Oyster Recovery Partnership. Spoiler alert: this is a special kick-off event for an even bigger celebration in September!

Build-a-Reef Oyster Social with Smyth Jewelers

Saturday, August 20, 12-2 pm | Smyth Annapolis (1915 Towne Centre Blvd, Annapolis, MD 21401)| FREE Event

Enjoy freshly shucked local oysters, browse for Chesapeake Bay-themed gifts and gear, learn more about bivalves’ benefits – and how Operation Build-a-Reef is planting millions more into Bay waters every year! Smyth is “feeling the love” for Chesapeake Bay oysters by sponsoring Build-a-Reef efforts in the Severn River and Eastern Bay this summer. Smyth is committed to planting 1,000 oysters for every engagement ring sold through Sept. 30 so stop by, slurp, and shop for that extra special gift!


Saturday & Sunday, October 1 & 2 | Sandy Point State Park | Purchase Tickets

Get ready for a very special, beach-front music festival with a mission to protect and restore the Chesapeake Bay through education, awareness and donations generated by a wonderful weekend of music and community. As we like to say, “Every Jam Saves the Bay”.  You’ll enjoy 14 progressive bluegrass bands on two stages and an interactive workshop pavilion. Baygrass features delicious, locally sourced food, including fresh oysters, regional microbrews and wines, a ‘hopping’ beer garden, paddle boarding, yoga classes, beach and yard games, kids activities, local craft vendors, an exceptional VIP experience and much more.

If you’d like to include ORP at your upcoming event, please contact us at