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NC Oyster Festival Home About Schedule of Events Committee Events The Shaggin’ Oyster Challenge Oyster Eating Contest Oyster Shucking Contest Oyster Stew Cook-Off Entertainment Line-Up Meet Ozzy the Oyster Galleries Visitors Get Involved Volunteers Arts & Crafts Vendor Application Food Vendor Application Non-Profits Sponsors Contact 36th Annual North Carolina Oyster Festival 8 East Second Street, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469 Contact Us Register For This Event Join us for the 37th Annual North Carolina Oyster Festival Presented by Novant Health! Saturday, October 21st | 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM Sunday, October 22nd | 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Admission: Adults – $5 | Children Under 10 – Free Location: 8 East Second Street, Ocean Isle Beach, NC The festival will be held rain or shine! Please keep in mind when traveling to the festival we experience high traffic volume between the hours of 11:00am and 1:00pm. It’s a Food Festival This festival offers a great variety of food for every palate. Featuring everything from seafood, BBQ, pizza and crab cakes. There are also many desserts and specialty beverages to choose from. It’s an Arts & Crafts Festival Visitors will delight in the wide variety of crafts and artwork available throughout the festival grounds. Among the many offerings are handmade furniture, stained glass, wood carvings, sculpture, pottery, leather goods and jewelry. It’s an Oyster Festival Eat your weight in steamed or fried oysters. Make this your first destination for oyster eating. Make sure you check out our new oyster vendor- A Shuckin’ Good Time! ” Being part of a coastal communities that loves to have Beach Music parties and Shag dance the night away as we shuck and shag and eat oyster and other seafoods. This has certainly become a passion in my career of cooking and providing seafood and steamed oyster for major events such as Tryon Palace, Duke Marine Lab, NCSU, Shuck and Shag Festival and many other large events. Our mission statement includes a desire to provide high quality seafood to the public that when they take a bite the brow will raise and they will say this is really good and possibly the best that they have ever had.” It’s a Music Festival Beach music is the cornerstone of this community. Bring your chairs and enjoy the lineup featuring popular beach bands, cover bands and everything in between. As a reminder, no pets will be allowed within the festival grounds. Service animals will be accepted. There will be NO SMOKING within the festival grounds. About the 36th Annual NC Oyster Festival Spend the weekend with us October 21st and 22nd and find out for yourself why the oyster is so treasured by Brunswick County natives! History & Impact – The NC Oyster Festival celebrates the importance and impact of the oyster in Brunswick County history and the county’s economy. Learn more about the impact of the oyster on Brunswick County and the tradition of the Annual NC Oyster Festival. Schedule of Events – View a full schedule of events at this year’s North Carolina Oyster Festival. Meet Our Committee – The NC Oyster Festival is made possible by the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce, the Town of Ocean Isle Beach, the support of many generous area businesses, a wonderful group of volunteers and, most importantly, the weekend’s dedicated revelers. Read more about the dedicated NC Oyster Festival Committee volunteers. View Our Commemorative Items & Merchandise – During the NC Oyster Festival, Ocean Isle Beach is transformed into a walking district offering something for everyone: local cuisine, arts and crafts, children’s activities, various contests and activities, and live music. NC Oyster Festival merchandise is available for sale during the weekend along with commemorative items unique to each year’s festival. As always, this year’s Oyster Festival will provide a weekend of fun activities from everyone. Be sure to join us on October 21st and 22nd. You won’t want to miss it! Events The Shaggin' Oyster Challenge Get your Shag on Sunday, October 16th at 1:30 PM and compete in one of three divisions. Contest divisions will be Amateur, Novice, and Junior.The Shaggin' Oyster Challenge is sponsored by the Coastal Shag Club of Shallotte. Click Here Oyster Shucking Contest This year, the NC Oyster Festival is continuing to host the NC Oyster Shucking Contest. We invite you to send your fastest oyster shuckers to gain fame and prize money by competing in this contest. Join us on Saturday, October 15th at 3:00 PM to put your shucking skills to the test. Click Here Oyster Eating Contest You can never have too much of a good thing. The Oyster Eating contest is proof of that! Join us at 11:00 AM on Saturday, October 15th and compete with other oyster lovers and speed eaters for title of "Oyster Eating Champion! If you love oysters or have been accused of swallowing your food whole, this contest is for you!" Click Here Oyster Stew Cook-Off Register for the North Carolina Oyster Stew Cook-Off and compete for title of best oyster stew in the state. The Oyster Stew Cook-Off is open to all restaurants. The winning stew will be named the "People's Choice". Click Here Live Entertainment The NC Oyster Festival is one of the best venues for amazing local and regional musical talent. This year's lineup includes something for everyone from beach music to country. Artists include Whitney Layne, Darrell Harwood, and many others. Make sure you join us for another year of great live music! Click Here Meet Ozzy the Oyster What would the NC Oyster Festival be without a visit with our very own mascot, Ozzy the Oyster? Be sure to take time during the weekend to meet Ozzy and have your photo taken with him at our photo booth! Ozzy is our official oyster aficionado. He has been waiting all year to welcome you back to the North Carolina Oyster Festival! Click Here Galleries Click Here for More Photos from the 2015 NC Oyster Festival! Visitors Frequently Asked Questions 1. When is the Festival? Saturday October 15, 2016 (Rain or Shine) 9:00AM to 6:00PM Sunday October 16, 2016 (Rain or Shine) 10:00AM to 5:00PM 2. Admission and Fees Admission $5 Children Under 10 Free 3. Parking Parking spaces are limited on the island. A free shuttle services will be provided from designated lots on the mainland, before you cross the bridge. The Shuttles will run non stop throughout the festival hours. Please keep in mind during the times of 11:00AM and 1:00PM, we experience high traffic volume onto the island. Please allow extra time as you may have a longer wait time to get onto the shuttles. A Handicap drop off will be located at the intersection of Causeway Drive and 2nd Street. 4. Americans With Disabilities Act Information Parking: At the main gate on Causeway Drive (HWY 904), there will be a Handicap drop off/pick up. The Town of Ocean Isle Police Department will be at the intersection of Causeway and 2nd Street in order to keep traffic moving and allow for patrons to be safely dropped off. Wheelchair Acce...