October 21st & 22nd

U.S. Oyster Festival 2023

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

57th 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 21st, and Sunday, October 22nd, 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 will be many 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. Early Bird Special - Get your fee free tickets until June 15th. Eventbrite Ticket fees apply beginning 6/16/2023.

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

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)!

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!

Find more details about the U.S. National Oyster Festival here.