NORWALK, Conn. -- The 36th annual Norwalk Seaport Association Oyster Festival will return Friday through Sunday, complete with the always-popular Oyster Slurping and Oyster Shucking contests.
The festival will again offer a wide range of activities for the whole family, including an Arts & Crafts Pavilion, the Kids Cove, with rides, games and child-centered entertainment, and a food court with everything from Italian to seafood. New this year for the adults is the Craft Beer Tasting Tent with more than 25 beers to sample and brewers to meet.
The festival also features entertainment by local musicians and national acts. On Friday, Max Creek brings its unique blend of rock, country, reggae, soul, and calypso.
Fans who missed Village People last year due to bad weather can catch them on Saturday night. Sunday’s headliner will be The Zoo, winner of MTV’s Ultimate Cover Band contest.
Returning this year is the Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show featuring logrolling, ax throwing, tree climbing, dragster chain sawing and more. Joining them on the schedule is Eastern Action Sports Team providing visitors with BMX shows. The Arts and Crafts Pavilion hosts dozens of artists and crafters displaying a wide range of creative and practical items.
Taste-test some of the Festival’s culinary offerings such as barbecue, oysters, mussels and clams, and other food selections available at the Food Court. Food is prepared by dozens of local nonprofit organizations allowing them to raise funds for their charitable causes.
The event is held at Veterans Memorial Park, adjacent to Norwalk Harbor on Seaview Avenue in Norwalk. Admission for adults is $10 on Friday, $12 on Saturday and Sunday.
Children 5 to 12 years old are $5. U.S. military personnel on active duty are free. All entertainment is included in ticket prices. Tickets can be purchased online at the Norwalk Seaport Association's website.
The annual festival supports the Norwalk Seaport Association, which has owned, restored and maintained the Sheffield Island Lighthouse since 1986. It is the official U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Friends group for the Norwalk Islands.