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Everything You Need to Know About the Wellfleet Oyster Festival

Oysters on a plate over ice decorated with lemon wedges

A favorite fall tradition for locals and visitors of Cape Cod, the Wellfleet OysterFest is an experience like no other! With delicious cuisine, live music, New England brews, and all the shellfish you can eat, this year’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever before. Get ready to perfect your shucking skills and mark your calendar for this one-of-a-kind Cape Cod Oyster Festival! Once you visit, you’ll want to return year after year.

Held annually in the month of October, the Wellfleet OysterFest is one of the most highly anticipated events of the year! Organized annually by Shellfish Promotion and Tasting, Inc.(SPAT), the festival was created to celebrate the tradition of shellfishing. SPAT is a nonprofit organization that is committed to sustaining the town’s oyster and aquaculture industries. The proceeds earned from the festival go towards supporting this mission.

Whether you’re a fan of shellfish or not, this two-day event offers fun for every attendee. While the mouthwatering New England oysters are the main draw, visitors can also enjoy delicious cuisine, cold beer, live music, contests, games, and a craft fair. When you attend, take some time to tour a shellfish farm, watch a culinary demonstration, or browse the local art and craft exhibits.  Other highlights include the Oyster Shuck-Off competition, the Wellfleet OysterFest 5K Road Race, and the Pickleball Red Robin. Check out the SPAT website for a complete schedule of activities and start planning your trip now!

The 2022 Wellfleet Oyster Festival runs from October 15th -16th at Baker’s Field. The event kicks off at 10:00 a.m. and ends at 5:00 p.m. both days. Wellfleet OysterFest vendors include raw bar vendors, local farmers, and some of the area’s best shellfishman. The cost of admission is $20 per adult per day. Tickets can be purchased online ahead of time and pre-registration is required.

OysterFest Parking is also subject to availability, so make sure you arrive early. Free parking is available at three Wellfleet beaches: Lecount Hollow Beach, White Crest Beach, Newcomb Hollow Beach. A shuttle bus will be running between these beaches to OysterFest.

Because this Cape Cod Oyster Festival is such a popular event, we recommend reserving your accommodations ahead of time so you don’t miss out!  When it comes to lodging options in the area, no place can compare to The Old Harbor Inn in downtown Chatham! Our romantic bed and breakfast is just a short drive from the Oyster Festival and within walking distance of some of the best restaurants, shops, and area attractions. With luxurious accommodations and thoughtful concierge delights, we guarantee that your stay will be a relaxing one. After a fun-filled day of adventures, come home to the Inn and unwind by the fireplace in the privacy of your elegant guest room! Book your stay at The Old Harbor Inn today!  

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