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Date: October 28, 2023
Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
213 North Talbot Street
St. Michaels, Maryland, 21663

Get ready to Celebrate the Bay’s favorite bivalve at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s OysterFest, on Saturday, October 28.

Running 10am-5pm, CBMM’s OysterFest features oysters served a variety of ways, along with other local fare, craft beer, and spirits, plus live music, an oyster stew competition, a full schedule of oyster-themed demonstrations and presentations, children’s activities, and more.

At the rain or shine event, festivalgoers can savor Chesapeake Bay oysters, with both raw and cooked options available, from the Talbot Watermen Association and other local oyster farms. There will also be a variety of Chesapeake delicacies and other food offerings via local vendors available for purchase, plus a beverage selection that includes specialty cocktails featuring Windon Distilling Lyon Rum, Chesapeake-style Bloody Marys featuring George’s Beverage Company mix, and an array of local craft beer options.

Family activities include Chesapeake-themed games, activities, and demonstrations and a chance to build a take-home model boat.

Guests will also be able to explore CBMM’s exhibitions, including Oystering on the Chesapeake and Waterman’s Wharf, where they can try tonging or nippering for oysters.

They’re also invited to participate in an oyster slurp-off contest, tour one of the visiting Chesapeake Bay buyouts and vessels within CBMM’s historic floating fleet, watch an antique diving demonstration, and visit the Phillips Wharf Fishmobile.

This year, OysterFest is generously sponsored by Glenmede and Patriot Cruises and supported by What’s Up Media, Eastern Shore Tents & Events, Windon Distilling, George’s Beverage Company, and Kelly Distributors.

OysterFest admission can be found on the website listed below.

Food and drinks are available for an additional cost, with carry-on alcohol prohibited. Proceeds from the event support CBMM’s education, restoration, and exhibition programs.

For safety reasons, non-service dogs need to be kept home during CBMM festivals, including OysterFest. Carry-on alcohol from dock or land is prohibited.

Purchase your tickets in advance now and learn more at

October 28, 2023–OysterFest