On October 15, the Captain Avery Museum near Annapolis will hold its annual Oyster Festival. Come out on Saturday for oysters, live music and more!
On Saturday, celebrate all things oyster at this year’s Oyster Festival. The annual festival is put on by Captain Avery Museum, which features exhibits of boats, steamship history, maps, photos and how the waterfront serves as a connection to the nation’s 19th century oyster industry. Each year the Oyster Festival is a party which offers the best foods of local establishments, live music by local area bands, crafts and children’s activities. It’s a good opportunity to chow down on oysters prepared in every way possible, no matter your preference.
Admission to the festival costs $6 for teens and adults, and kids 12 and under are $2. Shuttles will run all day from Shady Side ball field and Clark’s landing. There’s limited parking available at the museum.
Kids’ activities include face painting, live crab races, a crab toss, a live touch tank, pumpkin plate decorating, pirate photos, a scavenger hunt and sailboat races, all of which are provided at no extra cost. See the work of E-clipse Designs, Card Art, and Wimsely Cove Maps and Art. There’s also a raffle, with the grand prize winner receiving $5,000!
As for the food, the menu includes oysters and crabs prepared in a variety of different ways by three local eateries — the Chesapeake Grille and deli, Skipper Pier and the Deale UMAI Sushi house. Guests can choose from oysters in the half shell, fried oysters, oyster sushi, crab cakes, oyster stew, crab soup as well as hamburgers and hot dogs. George’s Mixes will be providing the drinks, including oyster shooters and virgin oyster shooters. There will be a wine tasting too.
Patrons should note that the food vendors will not be accepting credit cards however there will be an ATM machine on site. For more information, visit the festival’s website.
The Oyster Festival has a dog herding demo and other activities included in the museum’s year-round “Choose It” themed fun activities. At 2:10 p.m., there’s a Tai Kwon Do demonstration by students of the South River Martial Arts school. A kid’s art exhibit will be on display inside the museum, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Blue Crab Press will be selling Bay books.
The musical entertainment features classical rock trio Hat Trix, Bluegrass band The Eastman String Band, and Blues band Coastal Flats. The duo Dana and Jeremy’s performance will close out the day’s musical entertainment with their take on popular music dating back to the 1930’s.
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