U.S. Oyster Festival 2022

Enjoy fresh, local oysters, oyster shucking contests, an oyster cook-off, live entertainment, and more in beautiful St. Mary's Maryland!

56th Annual U.S. Oyster Festival

Being surrounded by water and fresh seafood, it only seems fitting that St. Mary's Maryland is home to the Annual U.S. Oyster Festival. This weekend event, Saturday, October 15th, and Sunday, October 16th, brings fresh and local oysters by the bucket load. You can enjoy them raw, grilled, fried, steamed, and everything in between! Watch as contestants put together amazing oyster dishes for the cook-off (you can even purchase a cookbook) and gather for the main event, the shucking competition.

There are lots of activities to enjoy, including family-friendly shows, live music throughout the day, shopping with local vendors, a beer tent, and more!

Advance tickets are $15 for one day or $20 for a two-day pass. Attendees 10 and under are admitted free and no ticket is required. This is one weekend you won't want to miss in St. Mary's, get your tickets today at the link below.

Single and Two-Day Tickets

Saturday, October 15th Schedule

  • Gates Open at 10 a.m.
  • Live Music from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. featuring One Trick Pony, Sibling Rivalry Fiddle Band, O'Grady's Quinlan Academy, and Bootleggers.
  • 43rd Annual Cook-off from 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.; Awards at 2 p.m.
  • Oyster Shucking Competition
    • Amateur Shucking Heat from 3 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
    • Women's Early Shucking Heats from 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
    • Men's Early Shucking Heats from 5 p.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Gates Close at 6 p.m.

Sunday, October 16th Schedule

  • Gates Open at 11 a.m.
  • Live Music from 11:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. featuring Eastport Oyster Boys, and Latrice Carr Music Group.
  • Oyster Shucking Competition
    • Amateur Shucking Heat from 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
    • Women's Final Shucking Heat from 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
    • Men's Final Shucking Heat from 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
    • National Championship at 5 p.m.
  • Gates Close at 6 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday all-day activities include oyster tonging, corn hole contests, an inflatable slide, a scavenger hunt, face painting, science demonstrations, and more.

Cook-Off Competition

The Cook-off features contestants preparing their own oyster recipes for hors d'oeuvres, soups, and stews, and a main dish. Enjoy a sample of these handmade dishes as the judges decide which dish will be the winner, but if you loved them all, you can purchase a cookbook that has the recipes for you to try at home!

Oyster Shucking Competition

The main event of the U.S. Oyster Festival is the U.S. National Oyster Shucking Championship Contest. Saturday and Sunday features the fastest men and women shuckers representing ten states and the fastest local tidewater shuckers for the championship spot. In previous years, the winners have traveled to Ireland to compete in the International Oyster Festival. Watch in awe as you witness the speed and precision of oyster shucking by the best of the best (and even get the chance to eat the oysters after judging)!

Cornhole Tournament

How about a little friendly cornhole competition with your oysters?

Join the MCAA John Glenn Toss for a Cause Cornhole Tournament for an afternoon of competitive play for cash prizes and an opportunity to support funding for the local STEM scholarship fund. The tournament starts at 10:30 am on Saturday, October 15th and 11:30 am on Sunday, October 16th with an entry fee of $50 for a two-person team. Admission tickets to the Oyster Festival are also required.

Purchase your tournament tickets here and be part of the fun.

Weekend Stays

Come spend the weekend in St. Mary's Maryland and be a part of this fun event celebrating its 56th year. St. Mary's County has upscale hotels, beautiful bed and breakfasts, waterfront vacation rentals, and much more!

Looking for a place to stay, try these hotels for comfy beds and spacious rooms with lots of amenities:
Holiday Inn Express
Extended Stay America

Sleep Inn & Suites
Fairfield Inn by Marriott

Home 2 Suites by Marriott

La Quinta Inn & Suites

Towne Place Suites by Marriott

Or check out the link below for unique vacation rentals and places to stay with water views.

Find your place to stay

Ready for a weekend full of oysters and good times! Get your advance tickets at the link above for a single day or for the whole weekend. We can't wait to see you there!