NC Oyster Festival

  • oyster-fest

Event Category: Arts & Entertainment, Concerts, Food, Family, and FestivalsEvent Tags: art, band, charity, children, concert, contests, farmers, festival, food, kids, and ocean isle beach

  • ADMISSION: Adults: $5 CASH ONLY / 12 & Under: Free

     A long-standing tradition, the annual NC Oyster Festival brings together toe-tapping music, culinary delights, unique shopping and the regionally celebrated Oyster to thousands of tourists and locals each year in the seaside town of Ocean Isle in Brunswick County. With two full days to enjoy the festival you will be able to walk the grounds and peruse the variety of vendors showcasing their artwork and crafts, bring your beach chair and find a spot by the stage to listen to our featured entertainers, enjoy the competition as a spectator or go for the gold in one of our Oyster contests. And what’s a festival without the food? We wouldn’t know because we offer a variety of cuisines including oysters showcased in an assortment of mouth-watering ways.

    Come celebrate everything Oyster as we transform Ocean Isle Beach into a walking district offering a variety of foods, crafts, contests and musical performances. With the support of our dedicated committee of volunteers, the Town of Ocean Isle, many of our local businesses and the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce, the NC Oyster Festival is your destination for fun.


    Parking spaces are limited on the island. A free shuttle service will be provided from designated lots on the mainland before you cross the bridge. The Shuttles will run non stop during festival hours. Please keep in mind during the times of 11:00AM and 1:00PM, we experience high traffic volume onto the island. Please allow extra time as you may have a longer wait time to get onto the shuttles.

    Wheelchair Accessibility

    The NC Oyster Festival is fully navigable for people with mobility disabilities. Accessible pathways connect the vendor and entertainment areas. Please note the Arts & Craft Vendors and Food Vendors are located on a grass area of the festival grounds. A Handicap drop off will also be located at the intersection of Causeway Drive and 2nd Street. The Town of Ocean Isle Police Department will be at the intersection of Causeway and 2nd Street in order to keep traffic moving and allow for patrons to be safely dropped off.


    We want to thank you in advance for cooperating with our No Smoking Policy within the NC Oyster Festival grounds. This is to include e-cigarettes and vapes.


    Same day re-entry is permitted. Make sure to get a stamp on your way out at either gate.


    Pets are not permitted within the festival grounds. Service Animals are welcomed, please see the ADA Guidelines.


    Portable restrooms will be located throughout the festival. Locations include:
    Along East 2nd Street
    Museum of Coastal Carolina Parking lot
    Entertainment area by Pelican’s Perch
    Note: Restrooms for visitors with disabilities will be located at the East 2nd Street Location and Entertainment location.

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