Celebrate Virginia Oysters During Virginia's Autumn Oyster Festivals!

2018-09-04 17:10:21

a platter of delicious Virginia Oysters on the half shell

Virginia oysters: 8 different varieties, myriad festivals, an Oyster Trail, oyster tours, and so much more. No wonder Virginia is the Oyster Capital of the East Coast!

Virginia's history is a rich stew but one of the main ingredients has to be the oyster. Over 40 million Virginia oysters are sold each year and, if you've ever had one, you know why! No matter how you serve them - raw, steamed, baked, fried, or grilled - there's something special about the an oyster from Virginia waters.

And water really is the key - Virginia coastal waters, that is.

You see, oysters taste like the water they grew in. With eight different oyster regions in the state, that means Virginia has eight distinctive oyster flavors! Salty, sweet, buttery, briny, mellow, bold - and all delicious!

With so many flavors to choose from, so many regions to consider, one could almost justify a Virginia oyster vacation. In fact, you should! There is even a Virginia Oyster Trail to help you along your way.

Even better, Virginia throws a lot of oyster festivals, many of them in fall, the traditional oyster harvest season.

Virginia's Autumn Oyster Festivals


Chincoteague Island Oyster Festival
Saturday, October 6th, 2018 | 10am to 4pm
Tom's Cove Park - 8128 Beebe Road, Chincoteague Island, VA 23336

Annual OystoberFest
Saturday, October 6th, 2018 | 10am to 4pm
3602 Hawthorne Ave., Richmond, VA 23222

Urbanna's Wine & Oyster Stroll
Saturday, October 13th, 2018 | 4pm to 7pm
45 Cross Street, Urbanna, VA 23175

City Center Oyster Roast
Friday, October 19th, 2018 | 6pm to 9pm
City Center at Oyster Point - 735 Town Center Drive, Newport News, VA 23606

Breaux Vineyards Harvest Celebration & Oyster Throwdown
Saturday, October 20th, 2018 | 11am to 6pm
Breaux Vineyards - 36888 Breaux Vineyards Ln, Purcellville, VA 20132

Bay Seafood Festival
Saturday, October 20th, 2018 | 3:30pm
Camp Kekoka - 1083 Boys Camp Rd, Kilmarnock, VA 22482

Fall Oyster Festival
Sunday, October 21st, 2018 | 12pm to 5pm
Early Mountain Vineyards - 6109 Wolftown-Hood Rd, Madsion, VA 22727


Fall Oyster Crawl on the Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail
Saturday, November 10th, 2018 | 11am to 4pm
5872 Leedstown Rd., Oak Grove, VA 22443

Merroir & Terroir - Oyster Extravaganza
Saturday, November 10th, 2018 | 4pm to 8pm
9232 Chatham Rd, Machipongo, VA 23405

Reedville Fishermen's Museum Oyster Roast
Saturday, November 10th, 2018
504 Main Street, Reedville, VA 22539

Virginia Living Museum Oyster Roast
Saturday, November 10th, 2018 | 3pm to 6pm
524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23601

Ducks Unlimited Oyster Roast
Saturday, November 17th, 2018 | 4:30pm to 7:30pm
7295 Young Street, Machipongo, VA 23405

Oyster & South Fest
Saturday, November 17th, 2018 | 1pm to 5pm
225 Sign Pine Road, Chesapeake, VA 23322

Shockoe on the Half Shell Festival
Saturday, November 17th, 2018 | 11am to 4pm
100 N 17th Street, Richmond, VA 23219

Taste by the Bay: Wine, Food, Arts & Ale
Saturday & Sunday November 17th & 18th, 2018 | 11am to 5pm
480 King Carter Drive, Irvington, VA 22480

Cape Charles Historical Society Oyster Roast
Saturday, November 24th, 2018 | 5pm to 8pm
814 Randolph Avenue, Cape Charles, VA 23310

Virginia Lodging

So go ahead - come out and experience Virginia oysters the best way you possibly can - fresh and local! Another way to experience the REAL Virginia is to avoid those stale, corporate, cookie-cutter hotels and motels. Instead, give yourself the gift of true comfort and value with a stay at a Virginia Bed and Breakfast! Virginia inns and B&B's offer you a level of hospitality you simply won't find elsewhere - plus we know all the best things to do and see. Come stay with us!


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