The 35th annual Norwalk Seaport Association Oyster Festival will be held this year from Friday, September 7 through Sunday, September 9. This year’s entertainment highlights include music from nationally known bands such as The Rising on Friday, The Village People on Saturday, and Lou Gramm on Sunday. Festival goers can enjoy a wide variety of rides, cooking competitions, arts and crafts, and a diverse assortment of attractions and entertainment.
New to the festival this year is the action-packed Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Festival, showcasing world champion lumberjacks demonstrating their log rolling, axe throwing, chopping, sawing, tree climbing, and dragster chainsaw skills. Another new event venue will offer hands on interactive race-themed attractions by nationally recognized Fast Action Motorsports Entertainment.
For the kids
The Oyster Festival’s Pirates Coast Adventure will wow children of all ages. Here, kids can meet real life pirates and look for booty in treasure hunts, hear storytelling, and join in other fun-filled activities. The Kids’ Cove includes games, rides, and entertainment. This interactive pirate encampment gives kids a taste of what seafaring was like during the golden age of piracy from 1650-1750. In addition, there will be an action-packed performance by Marvel Super Heroes.
Sunday is Family Day with special family and children’s packages for entrance, rides, and meals. The perk of family day on Sunday is that one child under 12 gets in free with each adult paid admission, and for $15, they can enjoy all the amusement rides from 11am to 2pm. Live shows for kids on the festival’s main stage will round out the family fun.
For the whole family
The festival offers a wide array of attractions the whole family will enjoy, including continuous entertainment by local musicians and national acts. A long tradition of the festival is the multitude of fine artists and crafters who display whimsical as well as practical items appealing to all tastes, budgets, and ages. For on the water fun, head to the festival docks to tour historic vessels and to cruise the scenic and historic Norwalk Harbor.
For the foodies
Food demonstrations and competitions, including the always-popular chowder and chili cook-offs will take place at the Oyster Festival. A long awaited treat is the wide variety of food from around the world, available at the International Food Court. This culinary fare is prepared by dozens of local nonprofit organizations allowing them to raise vital funds for their charitable causes. At the Oyster Pavilion, learn about Norwalk’s oystering history while watching slurping and shucking contests.
The Oyster Festival is held at Veteran’s Park, adjacent to Norwalk Harbor, on Seaview Avenue in Norwalk, Connecticut. Admission for adults is five dollars on Friday and $12 on Saturday and Sunday. Senior tickets are $10 all days. Children five to 12 years old are five dollars. Children under five and U.S. military personnel on active duty are free. Sunday is Family Day with special pricing on that day only — one child (age five to 12) free with each paid adult admission.
Tickets can be purchased at seaport.org. Free parking and free shuttle bus service is provided from four local parking lots – just follow the signs to Oyster Festival Parking.