Wellfleet OysterFest to Attract Thousands to Outer Cape this Weekend

WELLFLEET – The 17th annual Wellfleet OysterFest will be held this weekend, and raw shellfish will make its return to the festivities.

The event will offer something for everyone: live music, arts and crafts, culinary displays, educational programs, and of course – the annual shuck off.

“It’s amazing fun to watch as they go through those oysters faster than you can believe and to see who wins each year, it’s very exciting,” said OysterFest Executive Director Michele Insley.

The Wellfleet OysterFest will be held on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. rain or shine, and tickets can be purchased at www.wellfleetspat.org.

OysterFest is presented bySPAT, which promotes knowledge and interest in Wellfleet’s shellfishery by educating the community.

Through events and seminars on shellfishing and environmental issues, SPAT celebrates and spreads the word about the town’s famous oysters and clams and its deep-rooted shellfishing traditions.

Proceeds support the organization’s educational mission which includes a local college scholarship program, community grant awards and initiatives to support Wellfleet’s shellfishing and aquaculture industries.

To date,SPAThas awarded $422,320 between the high school scholarship program and its community grants.

Here’s what you need to know about this weekend’s event:

  • Cost:Tickets for entry into the ‘Fest are $10 per day. All food and retail items are priced individually. Some satellite events such as the cooking demonstrations require an additional fee. All activities for children are free. Click here to purchase tickets now! Tickets can also be purchased at the event.
  • Alcohol:No outside alcohol is permitted. All bagsare subject to search.
  • Pets:Pets – except for service animals – pets are prohibited in the ‘Fest.
  • Parking:Strolling replaces car traffic on Main Street from 10:00am to 5:00pm on Saturday and Sunday. Parking is available at the town beach parking lots with frequent shuttle service to town center from 9:30 am until 5:30pm. Please be advised that most of the municipal lots and private businesses charge a fee for parking. Free parking with walking access to the ‘Fest is located at the Wellfleet Elementary School on Lawrence Rd., Cove Corner on Route 6 and the Mayo Beach Parking Area.Click here for more information.
  • Accessibility: All main festival areas are handicap accessible. Handicap parking is available in the Mayo Beach parking area with free handicap accessible shuttle to and from Main Street. In the main festival area, one handicap accessible restroom is available in the parking lot across Wellfleet Preservation Hall with three additional restrooms located behind the food tents in Town Hall parking lot. Drivers are permitted and encouraged to drop off persons in wheelchairs at either entrance and park cars in any of the available lots. OysterFest staff or Wellfleet Police will assist upon request
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