Everything You Need to Know About the Cape Cod Oyster Festival

Beach view with a bike with overlaying text saying "download our free Vacation Guide"A favorite fall tradition for locals and visitors of Cape Cod, the Wellfleet OysterFest is an experience like no other! With delicious cuisine, live music, New England brews, and all the shellfish you can eat, this year’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever before. Get ready to perfect your shucking skills and mark your calendar for this one-of-a-kind Cape Cod oyster festival! Once you visit, you’ll want to return year after year.

Make sure to download our free Vacation Guide for more recommendations about things to see and do during your stay at Chatham Gables Inn. It’s full of local tips about the best area attractions, events, and activities in Cape Cod!


The Wellfleet OysterFest: The Premier Cape Cod Oyster Festival


Held annually in October since 2001, the Wellfleet OysterFest is one of the most highly-anticipated events of the year! Organized annually by the Shellfish Promotion and Tasting, Inc. (SPAT), the festival was created to celebrate the tradition of shellfishing. SPAT is a nonprofit organization that is committed to sustaining the town’s oyster and aquaculture industries. The proceeds earned from the festival go towards supporting this mission.

Whether you’re a fan of mollusks or not, this two-day event offers fun for every attendee. While the mouthwatering New England oysters are the main draw, visitors can also enjoy delicious cuisine, cold beer, music, contests, games, and tons of family fun. When you attend, take some time to tour a shellfish farm, watch a culinary demonstration, or browse the local art and craft exhibits. Other highlights include the Oyster Shuck-Off competition, the Wellfleet OysterFest 5K Road Race, and the Pickleball Red Robin. Check out the SPAT website for a complete schedule of activities and start planning your trip now!


About the Wellfleet Oyster Festival 2019

The 2019 Wellfleet OysterFest runs from October 19th – 20th in the town center. The event kicks off at 10:00 and ends at 5 p.m both days. Wellfleet OysterFest vendors include raw bar vendors, local farmers, and some of the area’s best shellfisherman. The cost of admission is $10 per adult per day. Tickets can be purchased online ahead of time or at the venue. Residents, as well as children under 12, can enjoy free admission. Because this Cape Cod oyster festival is such a popular event, we recommend reserving your accommodations ahead of time so you don’t miss out!

OysterFest parking is also subject to availability, so make sure to arrive early! There is a special lot dedicated to bike parking at the intersection of Bank and Commercial Streets. SPAT also offers free shuttle rides from various parking lots throughout town. The shuttle runs every 20 minutes from 9:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and donations are appreciated. Other parking is available at the Wellfleet Beach, Wellfleet Elementary School, Mayo Beach, and Cove Corner on Route 6. Keep in mind that there may be an additional fee to park.


Mark Your Calendar for These Other Exciting Events!

No matter what time of year you visit, there is always a reason to celebrate in Cape Cod. Make sure to come back for these other amazing events and attractions!


Book Your Stay at Chatham Gables Inn

Chatham Gables Inn Exteriors ChairsWhen it comes to lodging options in the area, no place can compare to Chatham Gables Inn! Our romantic bed and breakfast is just minutes from this Cape Cod oyster festival and near all of the best restaurants, shops, and area attractions. With luxurious accommodations and thoughtful concierge delights, we guarantee that your stay will be a relaxing one. After a fun-filled day of adventure, come home to the inn and unwind with a soothing spa treatment. Or, simply relax in the privacy of your elegant guest room!

Each of our accommodations is beautifully appointed with king or queen beds, designer fabrics, fresh linens, and spa-like amenities. Experience your Cape Cod vacation to the fullest when you stay in our Brant Point guest room!  Featuring walls of windows overlooking our beautiful gardens, this room is still available during the festival. However, it won’t be for long! Make sure to take advantage of our current specials and packages and book your stay today. We can’t want to welcome you!