36th Annual North Carolina Oyster Festival

8 East Second Street, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469

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Join us for the 36th Annual North Carolina Oyster Festival!


Saturday, October 15th | 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sunday, October 16th | 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Admission: Adults – $5 | Children Under 8 – Free

Location: 8 East Second Street, Ocean Isle Beach, NC

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The festival will be held rain or shine!

Please keep in mind when traveling to the festival we experience high traffic volume between the hours of 11:00am and 1:00pm.

It’s a Food Festival
This festival offers a great variety of food for every palate.  Featuring everything from seafood, BBQ, pizza and crab cakes. There are also many desserts and specialty beverages to choose from.

It’s an Arts & Crafts Festival
Visitors will delight in the wide variety of crafts and artwork available throughout the festival grounds.  Among the many offerings are handmade furniture, stained glass, wood carvings, sculpture, pottery, leather goods and jewelry.

It’s an Oyster Festival
Eat your weight in steamed or fried oysters.  Make this your first destination for oyster eating.  Oysters provided by the Brunswick County Shrine Club.

It’s a Music Festival
Beach music is the cornerstone of this community.  Bring your chairs and enjoy the lineup featuring popular beach bands, cover bands and everything in between.

 As a reminder, no pets will be allowed within the festival grounds. Service animals will be accepted.

There will be NO SMOKING within the festival grounds.

About the 36th Annual NC Oyster Festival

Spend the weekend with us October 15th and 16th and find out for yourself why the oyster is so treasured by Brunswick County natives!

History & Impact – The NC Oyster Festival celebrates the importance and impact of the oyster in Brunswick County history and the county’s economy. Learn more about the impact of the oyster on Brunswick County and the tradition of the Annual NC Oyster Festival.

Schedule of Events – View a full schedule of events at this year’s North Carolina Oyster Festival.

Meet Our Committee – The NC Oyster Festival is made possible by the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce, the Town of Ocean Isle Beach, the support of many generous area businesses, a wonderful group of volunteers and, most importantly, the weekend’s dedicated revelers. Read more about the dedicated NC Oyster Festival Committee volunteers.

View Our Commemorative Items & Merchandise – During the NC Oyster Festival, Ocean Isle Beach is transformed into a walking district offering something for everyone: local cuisine, arts and crafts, children’s activities, various contests and activities, and live music. NC Oyster Festival merchandise is available for sale during the weekend along with commemorative items unique to each year’s festival.

As always, this year’s Oyster Festival will provide a weekend of fun activities from everyone. Be sure to join us on October 15th and 16th. You won’t want to miss it!


The Muddy Oyster Challenge

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This invigorating and challenging obstacle mud course includes challenges like climbing over walls, carrying heavy objects, traversing bodies of water, and crawling under barbed wire. Individuals and teams can sign up for The Muddy Oyster Challenge on Saturday, October 10th.

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The Shaggin' Oyster Challenge


Get your Shag on Sunday, October 18th at 1:30 PM and compete in one of three divisions for your share of the minimum $1,500 prize money pool! Contest divisions will be Amateur, Novice, and Junior.The Shaggin' Oyster Challenge is sponsored by the Coastal Shag Club of Shallotte.

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Oyster Shucking Contest

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This year, the NC Oyster Festival is continuing to host the NC Oyster Shucking Contest. We invite you to send your fastest oyster shuckers to gain fame and prize money by competing in this contest. Join us on Saturday, October 17th at 1:00 PM to put your shucking skills to the test.

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Oyster Eating Contest

Oyster Eating Contet

You can never have too much of a good thing. The Oyster Eating contest is proof of that! Join us at 3:30 PM on Saturday, October 17th and compete with other oyster lovers and speed eaters for title of "Oyster Eating Champion! If you love oysters or have been accused of swallowing your food whole, this contest is for you!"

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Oyster Stew Cook-Off

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Register for the North Carolina Oyster Stew Cook-Off and compete for title of best oyster stew in the state. The Oyster Stew Cook-Off is open to all restaurants. The winning stew will be named the "People's Choice" and the restaurant will be awarded $500. There is also a $250 prize for second place.

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Live Entertainment

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The NC Oyster Festival is one of the best venues for amazing local and regional musical talent. This year's lineup includes something for everyone from beach music to country. Artists include Whitney Layne, Darrell Harwood, and many others. Make sure you join us for another year of great live music!

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Meet Ozzy the Oyster

Oyster Booth Group

What would the NC Oyster Festival be without a visit with our very own mascot, Ozzy the Oyster? Be sure to take time during the weekend to meet Ozzy and have your photo taken with him at our photo booth! Ozzy is our official oyster aficionado. He has been waiting all year to welcome you back to the North Carolina Oyster Festival!

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Get Involved

There are numerous ways for everyone to be involved with this year's North Carolina Oyster Festival. Please click below to learn more about each.

Sponsorship opportunities are also always available. To learn more about highlighting your business or organization at this amazing festival, please visit our sponsorship page.

Applications are NOW BEING ACCEPTED for all opportunities! Apply soon - spaces fill up quickly.

Volunteers Volunteers

It takes over 100 volunteers to make the North Carolina Oyster Festival a success! Please consider joining us for the weekend. All volunteers receive a tee-shirt and free admission to the festival.

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Arts & Crafts Vendors

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Spend the weekend with us and market your handmade jewelry, painted glassware, natural soaps, jams, handcrafted clothing items, woodcraft, and other arts & crafts to over 30,000 customers in just two days!

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The North Carolina Oyster Festival welcomes commercial food vendors, snack food vendors, pre-packaged food vendors, and vendors selling beverages. Join us for a fun-filled weekend with over 30,000 attendees!

Food Vendor Application


Promote an upcoming even. Recruit volunteers. Share your mission. With an audience of 30,000, a booth at this year's North Carolina Oyster Festival will provide a fun filled weekend full of visibility for your program.

Promote Your NonProfit


The Annual North Carolina Oyster Festival is an incredible opportunity to market your business to over 30,000 potential customers in one weekend. At only a nominal cost, the return on investment is huge for our sponsors, explaining why most of our sponsors have opted to renew their sponsorships every year. Single sponsorships are offered at the following levels: Presenting Sponsor, Entertainment Sponsor, Media Sponsor, Accommodations Sponsor, Oyster Eating Sponsor, Oyster Shucking Sponsor, and Oyster Stew Sponsor. There are also multiple "Oyster Sponsor" spots available.

For more information about becoming a sponsor of this year's North Carolina Oyster Festival, please contact Megan Bishop at (910) 754-6644 or via email at mbishop@brunswickcountychamber.org.

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Presenting Sponsor - 36th Annual North Carolina Oyster Festival

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Oyster Stew Sponsor
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Town of Ocean Isle Beach Oyster Sponsor
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For more information about this year’s NC Oyster Festival, please contact:

Megan Bishop
Director of Events & Marketing
Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce
114 Wall Street
P.O. Box 1185
Shallotte, NC 28459
Office: 910.754.6644
Toll-Free: 800.426.6644
Cell: 910.391.1764