FAQS NC oyster festival

oyster festival logoWhat are the festival hours?

Saturday, October 18th – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, October 19th – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

What is the Festival’s Cancellation Policy in Case of Inclement Weather?
The Festival is open rain or shine.

What is the Admission Price for the Festival?
General Admission – $5
Kids – (8 & Under) – Free

Where is the festival located?
The festival is located on the island of Ocean Isle Beach between 2nd Street and 3rd Street.  If you need an address for your gps, please use the following address: 8 East Second Street, Ocean Isle Beach.

Why is there an admission price?
The Brunswick County Chamber puts on this event from start to finish.  Money raised from admission goes to offset the cost of the event (entertainment, infrastructure, staffing, electricity and so much more).  Any money left over, goes directly to the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce (A Non-Profit Organization) to help building community and support business in their area.  For more information about The Brunswick County Chamber please visit www.brunswickcountychamber.org.

How can I purchase tickets?
Tickets can be purchased at the gate.  There are no advance tickets available.

Does Admission include all you can eat food/drink?
Admission does not include food or drink. Food inside the festival must be purchased.  Most vendors only accept cash. There is an ATM located inside of Pelican’s Perch inside of the festival grounds.

Is there an ATM onsite?
ATM is located inside the Pelican's Perch restaurant on festival grounds.

Is there a fee to enter the Oyster Shucking Contest?
The contest is free and you can sign up at the festival.  You may also sign up in advance by contacting the Brunswick County Chamber at 910-754-6644.  There are two divisions: Amateur and Professional.  Please see rules to know which contest to enter.

What is there to do besides eat oysters?
Live entertainment is provided during the weekend long event. Special events include the Oyster Shucking Contest on Saturday and an Oyster Stew Cook-off and Oyster Eating Contest on Sunday, arts and crafts vendors, kids’ area with games, "The Shagging Oyster" Competition hosted by the Coastal Shag Club on Sunday and much more. The Festival also features a beer garden at Pelican’s Perch (all alcohol must stay contained to that area). There is plenty to do, for all members of the family!

Is the Festival Handicap Accessible?
The Island of Ocean Isle Beach has some parking that includes paved parking lots, grassy areas and some parking along the street.  Parking on the island is VERY LIMITED.  There will be some handicap spaces available in the parking lots on the island.  If you are able to park off the island and take one of the free shuttles, please do so (you must be able to climb stairs to get onto the bus).  If you would like to take a shuttle, pick up is available at the corner of 179/Causeway Drive and the Ocean Isle Beach Airport.
Please note, the Festival is held on an island which has a majority of hard packed dirt and grass. None of the festivals activities include stairs.

What does the Festival Offer for Kids?
Visit the Festival’s “Kid’s Area” Page

What is the Entertainment Line Up?
Please visit our “Entertainment” Page

Where can I Park?
Official festival parking is on the Mainland of Ocean Isle Beach. Parking and shuttle service to the festival are complimentary. Parking is available at the corner of 179 just across from the airport as well as Causeway Drive.
Please note: the Festival is held on an island which has a majority of hard packed dirt and grass.

Are there Hotel Recommendations?
Please visit our “Accommodations” Page

Can I bring coolers or outside food/beverages to the Festival?
Coolers and outside food/beverages are NOT permitted at the Festival. The Festival offers a wide variety of food. Check out our “Menu” Page.

Should I Bring a Chair to the Festival?
The Festival offers bleachers in the entertainment area (limited seating). Limited seating is also provided in the food area. We encourage you to bring your own chairs for the entertainment area.

Can I bring my dog, cat or pet to the Festival?
Dogs, cats and other animals are NOT allowed on Festival Grounds, unless they are a certified service animal (must have papers to prove).