Oysters are celebrated all along Virginia’s Coastal Region including two major annual oyster festivals.
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.
The Official Oyster Festival of the Commonwealth!
Come by BOAT or come by LAND and enjoy everything oyster and more! The charming Town of Urbanna closes it’s streets for this big celebration of oysters and the heritage that surrounds it.
Over 50 food vendors with of course, OYSTERS!! Raw, Steamed, Roasted, Rockefeller, Fried, Stewed, but also lots of festival food fare as well.
Unique Arts and Crafts along Community Row takes you the town marina to see historical boats and exhibits on the conservation of the bay, watermen and the oyster industry.
7:00 pm on Friday is the Fireman Parade and 2:00 pm on Saturday is the Oyster Festival Parade, home town fun with the shiners, marching bands, cool cars, beauty queens and floats.
Check out the historic 1766 Old Tobacco Warehouse/Scottish Factor Store museum, learn all about the history of oysters and boats and the Mitchell Map
In the village find the Antique Auto Show, children’s activities and music concerts!
Don’t miss the Oyster Shucking Contest on Saturday behind the Firehouse. Somebody has to eat those shucked oysters – be in the audience!
Local Virginia Wine Tastings and boutique oyster samples from local Rappahannock River Oysters available for 21 years old and over for $10 on Friday and Saturday.
Admission Fee: Parking Fee $10/Friday and $20/Saturday $2/Water Taxi
Other Upcoming Virginia Oyster Festivals
Urbanna – Nov. 6, 7 – Urbanna Oyster Festival
Wachapreague – Nov. 7 – Island House Oyster Roast
Saxis – Nov. 7 – Saxis Island Oyster Roast
Gloucester – Nov. 7 – TOGA Virginia Half-Shell Oyster Tasting
Warsaw – Nov. 8 – Fall Oyster Crawl on the Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail
Suffolk – Nov. 8 – Passion for Paws Picnic, Whiskers Wine Tasting, & Oyster Roast
Topping – Nov. 14 – From the Rappahannock, For the Rappahannock: Oysters for Life
Lancaster – Nov. 14 – MBW Museum Oyster Roast: Shuckin’ & Jivin’ on the Lancaster Green
Machipongo – Nov. 14 – Merroir & Terroir – Oyster Extravaganza
Afton – Nov. 14 – 15 – Oyster Roast at Cardinal Point Vineyard & Winery
Melfa – Nov. 14 – Oysters a la Carte
Reedville – Nov. 14 – Reedville Fishermen’s Museum Oyster Roast
Newport News – Nov. 14 – Virginia Living Museum Oyster Roast
Onancock – Nov. 20 – 21 – Ducks Unlimited Oyster & Wine Lovers’ Weekend
Machipongo – Nov. 21 – Ducks Unlimited Oyster Roast
Chesapeake – Nov. 21 – Oyster & South Festival
Irvington – Nov. 21 – Taste by the Bay: Wine, Food, Arts & Ale
Cape Charles – Nov. 28 – Cape Charles Historical Society Oyster Roast
Heathsville – Dec. 5 – "Oysters and Oldies" Christmas Oyster Roast
Chincoteague Island – May 7 – Annual Chincoteague Seafood Festival
Chincoteague Island – Oct. 8 – Annual Chincoteague Island Oyster Festival