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

Newport News - Oct. 24 - City Center Oyster Roast

Oyster - Oct. 25 - Eastern Shore Oyster Roast

Wachapreague - Nov. 1 - Island House Oyster Roast

Gloucester - Nov. 1 - TOGA Virginia Half-Shell Oyster Tasting

Urbanna - Nov. 7 - 8 - Urbanna Oyster Festival

Machipongo - Nov. 8 - Merroir & Terroir - Oyster Extravaganza

Reedville - Nov. 8 - Reedville Fishermen's Museum Oyster Roast

Warsaw - Nov. 9 - Fall Oyster Crawl on the Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail

Newport News - Nov. 15 - Awww Shucks! Oyster Roast at the Virginia Living Museum

Lancaster - Nov. 15 - MBW Museum Oyster Roast: Shuckin' & Jivin' on the Lancaster Green

Afton - Nov. 15 - 16, Nov. 14, 2015 - 15, 2015 - Oyster Roast at Cardinal Point Vineyard & Winery

Irvington - Nov. 22 - Taste by the Bay: Wine, Food, Arts & Ale

Cape Charles - Nov. 29 - Cape Charles Museum Oyster Roast

Heathsville - Dec. 6 - "Oysters and Oldies" Christmas Oyster Roast

Yorktown - Dec. 6 - Watermen's Museum Oyster Roast

Deltaville - May 23 - Deltaville Seafood Festival

Chincoteague Island - Oct. 10 - Chincoteague Island Oyster Festival

Last Updated: 6/23/2014 1:08 PM
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