Oysters, wines, microbrews, live music and so much more come together for two days every year on the first weekend in October. Hosted by the Shelton Skookum Rotary Club Foundation and attended by thousands, OysterFest is home to the West Coast Oyster Shucking Championships and is Washington State’s official seafood festival.
The festival also features a popular cook-off, hands-on water quality exhibits, and is itself a giant a food pavilion with nearly 100 unique items on the menu: BBQ oysters, fritters, spring rolls, garlic shrimp, fresh cider and so much more. Better yet, your culinary adventure supports about 100 local non-profit service clubs and organizations, as well as funding scholarships and local community improvement projects. What hidden pearls will you find at OysterFest?
Tickets are available online, and also at the entrance during the festival. Festival RV and camping spaces can be also reserved online, for the Wednesday before OysterFest through the Monday after.
The centerpiece of OysterFest is, of course, the West Coast Oyster Shucking Championships, but you’ll also find live music on four different stages (one just for kids!), the hugely popular OysterFest Cook-Off.
Nearly 100 unique items are on the menu every year (alongside the festival’s Washington Wine Hall and the Microbrew Garden). Kids especially love the hands-on exhibits about our remarkable local tidal areas.