The fifteenth annual Wellfleet OysterFest will take place the weekend after Columbus Day, Saturday and Sunday, October 17 & 18, 2015 from 10am until 5pm in Wellfleet, Cape Cod, Massachusetts. This two-day family festival celebrates the town’s famous oysters, clams and shellfishing traditions bringing together locals and visitors alike for a weekend full of hometown flavor and big time fun! There is something for everyone: local cuisine, arts and crafts, educational programs, cooking demonstrations, children’s activities, walking tours, live music, a road race, and the annual Oyster Shuck-Off competition.
The ‘Fest is produced by Wellfleet SPAT, Shellfish Promotion and Tasting, Inc., a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization devoted to sustaining Wellfleet’s shellfishing and aquaculture industries. The event is made possible through collaboration with the Town of Wellfleet, the support of many generous area businesses and shellfishermen, a dedicated group of volunteers and, most importantly, the weekend’s enthusiastic attendees.
Last year an estimated 25,000 people walked through festival entrances paying a nominal admission fee for the first time ever! This comes from an effort to keep the event safe and sustainable for years to come. Proceeds from the ‘Fest fund SPAT’s educational mission including a local college scholarship program, community grant awards and initiatives to help the shellfishing industry. To date, SPAT has given back more than $385,000 to the local community.
Support the shellfishing and aquaculture industries by offering a donation or getting involved. To find out how to help contact [email protected].
Admission is $5 for a one day ticket or $8 for a two day ticket.
Children 12 and under are free.
SPAT offers FREE shuttle transportation from the town parking lots listed below. Shuttles run approximately every 20 minutes and drop off at Town Center from 9:30 am until 5:30pm. Please be advised that most of the municipal lots and private businesses charge a fee for parking. All parking is subject to availability so please carpool to reduce congestion.
For the first year, the Town of Wellfleet will charge $10 per car to park at the town beach parking lots including Newcomb’s Hollow Beach, White Crest Beach and LeCounts Hollow Beach (Maguire Landing). Please go to those beach lots in the order listed. Anyone with a Resident Beach or Resident Beach/Transfer sticker will not be charged for parking at the beach lots during OysterFest. The Town Pier will be charging $15 per car to benefit the Marina Enterprise Fund.
SPAT provides limited handicap parking at the Mayo Beach Parking Area with wheelchair accessible shuttle bus service to the center of town. The Wellfleet Congregational Church at 200 Main Street will reserve 20 handicapped spaces on a first come first serve basis. Fee for parking at the chuch is by donation, $25 is suggested. Drivers are permitted and encouraged to drop off persons in wheelchairs at either entrance to the Fest and then park car in any of the available lots. OysterFest staff or Wellfleet Police will assist upon request.
Additional free parking with walking access to the ‘Fest is located at the Wellfleet Elementary School on Lawrence Rd., Cove Corner on Route 6 and the Mayo Beach Parking Area.
Please consider our neighbors by not parking in unauthorized lots, drives or town streets. The Town of Wellfleet will ticket or in some cases tow vehicles in invalid parking spaces.
Please no pets, only service animals will be allowed into festival grounds. Do not leave animals in your parked cars.
Absolutely no outside alcohol will be allowed into the ‘Fest.
Cape Cod Beer will be featured at Winslow’s Tavern for you to enjoy.