Summer may almost be over, but the party has just begun! Fun-filled oyster festivals will take place up and down the East Coast from September through November.

A Box of Oysters Enjoying a Beautiful Wednesday Night

These festivals typically feature live music, tons of shellfish eating, shucking contests, and tasty adult beverages. To my knowledge, there is only one oyster festival that occurs in Manhattan—the Stone Street Oyster Festival at Ulysses’—which I have consistently been out of town for. If you love to eat oysters and party, make it a point to go! Alternatively, you can take a picturesque road trip out to another party in a nearby state. Below is a fairly comprehensive (and diverse) list of East Coast oyster festivals for your enjoyment:

Norwalk Seaport Oyster Festival
Sept 10th-12th, 2010 at Norwalk’s Veterans Memorial Park, CT
General admission: $5-$10 | Weekend pass: $18
Family-friendly fun, a variety of activities to please everyone (from BMX stunt show to BBQ Pit, pirate adventure program to oyster touch tank).
Visit the site | buy tickets | discounts via MTA | reviews

Island Creek Oyster Festival
Sept 11th, 2010 at Duxbury Beach Park, MA
General admission: $50, VIP: $150
Sample dishes prepared by over a dozen of Boston’s best chefs, live music, family-friendly kids’ zone.
Visit the site | buy tickets | volunteer

Asbury Park Oyster Festival
Sept 11th-12th, 2010 on Cookman Ave in Asbury Park, NJ
General admission: free
25+ live bands, rides, craft vendors, and kid-friendly activities.
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Prince Edward Island International Shellfish Festival
Sept 17th-19th, 2010 in Charlottetown, PE Canada
General admission: $8.50
Considered to be the “Biggest Kitchen Party in Atlantic Canada,” this event boasts good friends, good times, good music and lots of world famous PEI shellfish!
Visit the site | buy tickets | volunteer

Stone Street Oyster Festival
Sept 25th, 2010 at Ulysses’ in the Financial District, NYC
General admission: free
Enjoy oysters, beer and live music with this more grown-up crowd.
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Pemaquid Oyster Festival
Sept 26th, 2010 at Schooner Landing Restaurant & Marina in Damariscotta, ME
General admission: free
A smaller, more peaceful gathering of oyster eating and mingling along the water.
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Chincoteague Island Oyster Festival
Oct 9th, 2010 at Maddox Family Campground in Chincoteague Island, VA
General admission: $40
Plenty of oyster on the half shell, steamed, single fried, fritters, clam chowder, clam fritters, steamed crabs, cole slaw, potato salad, hush puppies, hot dogs, Pepsi.  Yum!
Visit the site | buy tickets

Long Island Oyster Festival
Oct 16th-17th, 2010 at the Waterfront at Theodore Roosevelt Park in Oyster Bay, NY
General admission: free
Over 200,000 visitors, live entertainment, shucking contests, massive food court, tall ships, and pirates.
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St. Mary’s County Oyster Festival
Oct 16th-17th, 2010 in St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds, MD
General admission: $5
Competition is alive and well here with multi-round shucking competitions and a national oyster cook-off.
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Urbanna Oyster Festival
Nov 5th-7th, 2010 in Urbanna, VA
General admission: free (parking: $10-20)
Over fifty food vendors, a couple parades, cruises, dancing, and live music.
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