ABOUT US

The Oyster Festival, the East Coast's largest waterfront festival attracting more than 150,000 attendees each year!


The Oyster Festival takes over three football field sized areas plus four blocks and offers a fun mixture of new activities and old favorites that are certain to entertain the entire family including live entertainment, ships, top-notch artisans, pirate shows, amusement rides, and the iconic oyster eating and shucking contest. And of course...the Food Courts, where volunteer chefs and culinary pros work side by side, cooking and serving dozens of unique oyster, clam and other seafood concoctions along with traditional festival fare. 

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© 2019 by the Oyster Bay Charitable Fund.

The Festival is one of the largest cooperative non-profit fundraising events on the east coast hosted by a 501C(3) organized by the Rotary Club of Oyster Bay.

ABOUT THE OYSTER FESTIVAL

The Oyster Festival, the East Coast's largest waterfront festival with more than 150,000 attendees, returns this October for its 36th year on October 19th & 20th, 2019, offering a fun mixture of new activities and old favorites that are certain to entertain the entire family.

The Oyster Festival is a project of the Oyster Bay Rotary Club and funded by the Oyster Bay Charitable Fund.

The Oyster Festival offers a fun mixture of new activities and old favorites that are certain to entertain the entire family including live entertainment, ships, top-notch artisans, pirate shows, midway rides, and the iconic oyster eating and shucking contest. And of course...the Food Court, where volunteer chefs and culinary pros work side by side, cooking and serving dozens of unique oyster, clam and other seafood concoctions along with traditional festival fare. 

Profits from all FOOD COURT sales directly support 25 participating local charities while proceeds from carnival rides and merchandise sales is donated to additional charities supported by the Rotary throughout the year.

 

Admission is FREE.

And MOST activities are FREE.

Our Storied Past:  More than 150 years ago, Theodore Roosevelt – the 26th President of the United States – was born to a wealthy family that summered in Oyster Bay not far from the waterfront property that today bears his name. To honor his memory, community leaders organized a parade to celebrate his 125th birthday. The parade proved so successful that it provided the roots of what would become the Oyster Festival in 1983.

2019 OYSTER FESTIVAL COMMITTEE

Festival Chairman – Oyster Bay Charitable Fund – Jim Fuccio

President – Rotary Club of Oyster Bay – Carl Marcellino

Honorary Oyster Festival Chairpeople

  • Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor – Joseph Saladino

  • Frank M. Flower – Dave Relyea

Special Recognition

  • Town of Oyster Bay

    • Deputy Supervisor – Gregory W. Carman, Jr.

    • Department of Parks & Recreation - Commissioner Joseph Pinto

    • Department of Public Works - Commissioner Richard Lenz

    • Department of Public Safety - Commissioner Justin McCaffrey

  • Nassau County Police

  • Oyster Bay Fire Company

 

Event Producer – Carson Tang, Carson Worldwide

Sponsorships / Main Exhibitors – Len Rothberg, Event Marketing of LI

Media Relations – Alissa Marti, BFP Solutions

Oyster Tent Advisor - Michael Smith

Food Court – Bev Zembko

Arts & Crafts

  • Coordinator – Mel Warren

  • Staff – Richard Dutilly

Carnival Rides – Jim Werner

Oyster Eating and Shucking Contest

  • Coordinator – Betty Tiska

  • Judge – Darryl Dowers

Raffles – Hamid Nazif

Hospitality Tent

  • Coordinator – Judy Wasilchuk

  • Staff – Robert Romanelli

  • Staff – Jeane Duhamel

Craft Beer Tent – Ryan Schlotter, Oyster Bay Brewing Company

Family Fun Zone Advisor – Rachel Paredes

Kids Activity Zone – Long Island Actors Resource Room

Waterfront Experience – Heather Johnson

First Responder Area – Carl Marcellino

Audrey Avenue – Mark Fox

Car Show – Austin Azzaretto, Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce

Oyster Tent Coordinator - Jim Lester

Website – Chelsea Melodia

Bookkeeping – Back Office 4U

Special Advisors – Pat Marcellino, Vicki Walsh, Eva Regulski, Monah Paredes, Rich LaMarca, Sue Rassekh, Kelly Fuhrmann, Richard Elias, Harriet Gerard Clark and Meredith Maus

Advisors - Harlan Friedman, Kerry Glick-Goldberg, Patrick Greenawalt

FESTIVAL RULES

Saturday, October 19th & Sunday, October 20th, 2019  |  11AM - 6PM

  • Family Festival open to all ages

  • Rain or Shine

  • Bags subject to search upon entry

  • NO Hard Alcohol within Theodore Roosevelt Park - Open Container Law in town

  • NO Beer or Wine - Open Container Law in town

  • NO Pets - except service dogs

  • NO Bikes / Hoverboards

  • NO Drones, Remote Control Aircraft without explicit permission and permit

  • NO Drugs or Drug Paraphernalia

  • NO Fireworks / Explosives

  • NO Guns / Ammunition / Tasers

  • NO Balloons

  • NO Knives / Weapons / Sharp Objects

  • NO Laser Points

  • NO Mace / Pepper Spray

  • NO Scooters / Segways / Skateboards / Skattes

  • NO Toy Guns / Water Guns / Sling Shots