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ARCATA MAIN STREET'S
30th Anniversary Oyster Festival
Saturday, June 20th 2020
Arcata Main Street's Arcata Bay Oyster Festival tradition continues for the 30th year in 2020. We focus on our local bounty, environmental health, and the diversity of our community. It’s a celebration of North Coast culture where chefs, merchants, volunteers, and guests revel in award-winning oysters and other tasty non-oyster delicacies, local beverages & live local music.
More than 15,000 people gather for the largest one-day event in Humboldt County – the Oyster Capital of California. Let your sense of adventure guide you as you explore historic Downtown Arcata. We've added new features like the environmentally-focused Green Street, and all your favorite Oyster Fest features will welcome you back.
Food lovers will be lured by the salty siren song of oysters, and other fare, while quenching their thirsts with local craft beer, hard apple cider, and locally-made wines, many from locally grown grapes. Taps open at 10:30am and close at 4:30, so plan ahead! Local chefs will compete for the Best Raw & Cooked Oyster, while dancers frolic on the grass to local live music.
Kids will want to visit the expanded FLUPSY (Oyster Nursery) for games and activities, wax hands, balloon creations, giant puppets, concessions, and much more. It’s located on 9th Street between H & I St. Both the Art Market and the FLUPSY are near the entrance at the busy corner of 9th & H St where tokens can be purchased for beverages.
Don’t miss the quirky, ritual Oyster Calling Contest at noon with Dave Silverbrand , then at 2 p.m. contenders will be slamming down bivalves in the Shuck-and-Swallow Contest.
The Oyster Festival is Arcata Main Street’s largest fundraiser of the year. Learn more about our non-profit organization here.
When you leave the Arcata Plaza, we know you’ll take a renewed appreciation for our community with you. Oyster Festival is a zero waste event. That means every shell and container will be composted, and every cup is reusable. So when you see our friendly green team, give them a high 5! We're ALL are making a difference together!
In addition to supporting dozens of nonprofits, school groups and clubs, all of the proceeds from this festival are reinvested back into the community. We thank you for supporting this event and AMS’s mission to enhance and promote Arcata’s identity, economy and cultural spirit.