The U.S. is not alone in hosting Oyster Festivals!
The U.K. is home to several annual oyster festivals including the Woburn Oyster Festival. Many British breweries produce Oyster Stout, a brew intended to be drunk with oysters that sometimes includes the fish in the brewing process.
Ireland plays host to the world-famous Clarenbridge and Galway Oyster Festivals that take place each September. It’s tradition there to eat live oysters with beer and buttered brown soda bread. The Galway festival is home to the World Oyster Opening Championship, which is considered the premiere oyster shucking competition, although the sport of oyster shucking is staged at other venues around the world.
In Canada, The Tyne Valley Oyster Festival is held in Prince Edward Island, featuring the Canadian Oyster Shucking Championship, the PEI Oyster Grading Championship, Miss Oyster Pearl Pageant and lots more.
NOTE: The Pandemic has impacted the ability to host Oyster Festivals all over the world. We have left the links up to the many festivals we were highlighting and encourage you to visit their websites to learn more. We have up left the month that each festival is usually held and will update the list when we receive updates and confirmations. We hope that these many festivals will be able to return next year and in the meantime wish the best to all those affected by these cancellations. Stay healthy!
Note: Our list is a work in progress so forgive us if we missed any that should be here or if we got anything wrong. Please let us know by sending us a note – see contact us form below.
ST. Mary’s County Oyster Festival
The New Orleans Oyster Festival
The Hangout Oyster Cook-Off & Craft Beer Weekend
Gulf Shores, AL
New York Oyster Week
New York Oyster Week will once again celebrate the benevolent bivalve that New York was built on, inviting social New Yorkers, oyster lovers and curious foodies to explore the cuisine and culture oysters have spawned.
Central Coast Oyster Festival
Morro Bay, CA
Whitestable Oyster Festival
Tyne Valley Oyster Festival
Home of the Canadian Oyster Shucking Championship
Tyne Valley, Prince Edward Island, Canada
The Clayoquot Oyster Festival
Falmouth Oyster Festival
Falmouth Oyster Festival celebrates the start of the oyster dredging season, the diversity and quality of Cornish Seafood and in particular, one of the last remaining traditional oyster fisheries, dredging by sail and hand punt
Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival
Galway City, Ireland
Milford Oyster Festival
Third Saturday of August
The Florida Seafood Festival
Apalachicola , Fl
Urbanna Oyster Festival
Fiesta Oyster Bake
Campus of St. Mary’s University
San Antonio, TX
Guinness Oyster Fest
Pemaquid Oyster Festival
Schooner Landing in Damariscotta, Maine
Mine Oyster Restaurant Annual Oyster Festival
Boothbay Harbor, Maine
Halifax Oyster Festival
Halifax, NS, Canada