Virginia's Oyster Festivals

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    Oyster Capital of the East Coast

    Seafood lovers travel to Virginia for oysters of all shapes, sizes and flavors

    Oysters are celebrated all along Virginia's Coastal Region including two major annual oyster festivals.

    Each October the northern end of Virginia’s Eastern Shore celebrates the saltiest of oysters at the Chincoteague Oyster Festival. Oysters and seafood abound as do family games, live entertainment and small town charm.

    Each November, the lovely town of Urbanna, found on the Rappahannock River, throws the country’s largest and longest-running oyster festival called the Urbanna Oyster Festival. The town’s streets are closed to vehicle traffic and become filled with oyster booths, seafood dishes, music and crafts. The festival highlight is the oyster shucking contest which draws spectators from around the world.


Upcoming Festivals

Virginia Beach - Jan. 1, 2015 - Dec. 31, 2016 - Pleasure House Oyster Farm Tours

Richmond - Sep. 13 - Shockoe-on-the-Half Shell Festival

Stratford - Sep. 19, 20 - Stratford Hall Wine & Oyster Festival

Etlan - Sep. 26 - Fall Oyster Festival with music by Kat and the Travelers

Chincoteague Island - Oct. 10 - Annual Chincoteague Island Oyster Festival

Cape Charles - Oct. 10 - Brews, Band, BBQ and Oysters too!

Washington - Oct. 17 - Rappahannock Oyster Festival

Urbanna - Nov. 6 - 7 - Urbanna Oyster Festival

Gloucester - Nov. 7 - TOGA Virginia Half-Shell Oyster Tasting

Lancaster - Nov. 14 - MBW Museum Oyster Roast: Shuckin' & Jivin' on the Lancaster Green

Afton - Nov. 14 - 15 - Oyster Roast at Cardinal Point Vineyard & Winery

Newport News - Nov. 14 - Virginia Living Museum Oyster Roast

Irvington - Nov. 21 - Taste by the Bay: Wine, Food, Arts & Ale

Chincoteague Island - May 7 - Annual Chincoteague Seafood Festival

Last Updated: 12/18/2014 9:05 AM
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