Unfortunately, due to ongoing public health and safety concerns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the OysterFest 2021 has been canceled.
The 20th Annual Wellfleet OysterFest was held virtually last year highlighted by the Wellfleet OysterFest All Star Shuck Off. The next OysterFest has been set for October 15-16, 2022.
The Oyster Fest is a wonderful, small town event where the entire downtown is transformed into a pedestrian street fair. The festival highlights the shucking contest, but includes lots of food, local vendors selling homemade chocolate, jewelry, art, and more. There are educational booths, poetry readings, and live music.
Live music playing throughout the Festival
When is Wellfleet OysterFest?
The OysterFest is held rain or shine, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM on both Saturday, October 16, 2021 and Sunday, October 17, 2021.
Where to Stay for Wellfleet OysterFest
If you are looking to make a long weekend out and attend Wellfleet OysterFest, a great option is to find a vacation rental in the Outer Cape. Whether you want to make a day-trip to attend the festival or find a rental within walking distance of Wellfleet town center, there are plenty of options allowing for short-term stays during the fall. Check out these Wellfleet vacation rentals available for OysterFest.
About Wellfleet Oysters
The town of Wellfleet leases roughly 200 acres of tidal estuaries in and around
Wellfleet Harbor to local commercial fishermen for the purpose of farming shellfish.
In recent years, these pristine waters have produced an annual commercial harvest
of an estimated 850,000 large choice oysters. This relatively limited availability
combined with their exceptional quality has made the Wellfleet oyster one of the
most highly sought after and recognizable varieties of oyster anywhere in the world.
What makes the Wellfleet oyster’s quality so superior? It’s the water. The waters
that flush through Cape Cod Bay are provided courtesy of the Gulf of Maine. By the
time the waters wash over the inner Cape they are relatively warm (by Gulf of Maine
standards). The phytoplankton rich Gulf of Maine waters provide the Wellfleet oysters
everything they need to grow quite rapidly and produce an oyster of exceptional
Enjoy fresh Wellfleet oysters from one of many raw bars
Wellfleet’s oyster industry is also historic. In the late 1700s and early 1800s,
the Wellfleet oyster beds were decimated by a combination of plague and overfishing.
In an effort to remedy this situation, forward thinking locals obtained a small
quantity of oysters from the Chesapeake Bay area and placed them in Wellfleet Harbor
as seed stock. As anticipated, the oysters once again flourished and thus the reintroduction
of the Wellfleet oyster -- and the birth of aquaculture in North America!