NC Oyster Festival

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Come join us for the 35th Annual NC Oyster Festival, October 17-18, 2015 and find out for yourself why the oyster is so treasured by Brunswick County natives.

The beach center becomes a walking district that offers something for everyone: local cuisine, arts and crafts, children's activities, live music, Oyster Stew Cook-off Contest and the Oyster Shucking Contest. New for 2014 we are adding an Oyster Eating Contest as well as a shag competition where folks will compete for the "Shaggin' Oyster" titles hosted by the Coastal Shag Club. So, come "Get your shag on!"

Starting off the weekend we will be hosting the 2nd annual  Muddy Oyster Challenge on October 10, 2015. This is a 5k mud run hosted by Low Country Sports Preserve and We are also excited to announce that our annual Road Race is being moved back to Oyster Festival weekend. It will be held on Sunday, October 18, 2015 and will include a 5K, 10K and 1 Mile Fun Run.

The Festival is made possible by the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce, the Town of Ocean Isle Beach and the support of many generous area businesses and a wonderful group of volunteers and, most importantly, the weekend's dedicated revelers.

                                NC Oyster Festival Oct. 17th - 18th

                              NC Oyster Festival Road Race Oct. 18th 

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Admission $5 childen under 8 are free
Hours: Saturday 9AM - 6PM | Sunday 10AM - 5PM (The Festival is open rain or shine)
Location: Ocean Isle Beach, Between 2nd & 3rd Street (8 East Second Street, Ocean Isle Beach)

Coolers and outside food/beverages are NOT permitted at the Festival. The Festival offers a wide variety of food.

Official festival parking is on the Mainland of Ocean Isle Beach. Handicap drop-off is available.  Parking and shuttle service to the festival are complimentary. Parking is available at the corner of 179 just across from the airport as well as Causeway Drive. 
Please note: the Festival is held on an island which has a majority of hard packed dirt and grass.

The Festival offers bleachers in the entertainment area (limited seating). Limited seating is also provided in the food area. We encourage you to bring your own chairs for the entertainment area.

Dogs, cats and other animals are NOT allowed on Festival Grounds, unless they are a certified service animal (must have papers to prove).

Live entertainment is provided during the weekend long event. Special events include the Oyster Shucking & Eating Contests on Saturday and the Oyster Stew Contest and "The Shagging Oyster" Competition hosted by the Coastal Shag Club on Sunday and much more. The Festival also features a beer garden at Pelican’s Perch (all alcohol must stay contained to that area). There is plenty to do, for all members of the family!

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