for making Oyster Fest 2015 an epic quarter century celebration!


oceans of gratitude to the GENEROUS SPONSORS who made it possible.

Mark your calendars for Oyster Fest 2016, Saturday, June 18

(always the day before Father’s Day)

Mark Larson

Photo by Mark Larson


Arcata Main Street’s 25th Anniversary Arcata Bay Oyster Festival

Saturday, June 20, 2015    10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Fun, Food and Frolic in Humboldt County, on the Historic Arcata Plaza, California

Arcata Bay Oyster Festival Poster 2015

The Arcata Bay Oyster Festival is the the largest one-day event in Humboldt County. Every year over 12,000 voracious festival-goers gather on the Arcata Plaza to celebrate our local aquaculture, and savor the delicacies that have earned us the reputation as the Oyster Capital of California.

Food lovers’ taste buds will be lured by the siren song of sublime oyster flavors, and then it’s bottoms up with pints of local craft beer served in waste-reducing commemorative steel cups. Also new this year –  hard apple cider, plus two different wine booths will proudly pour locally-made wines, many with locally grown grapes.

Local chefs will be competing for the coveted Best Raw and Cooked Oyster and Non-Oyster awards, while dancers frolic on the grass to local music. Parents – let your kids take you on a wild Treasure Hunt, including a special kids area by the new Fire Department, but don’t miss the quirky Oyster Calling Contest (now with 30 second calls!) at noon. At 2pm contenders will be slamming down bivalves in the Shuck-n-Swallow Contest.

In 1990, Arcata wanted to create a new event that would showcase aquaculture and community – that’s when Oyster Festival and Fred Oystaire were born. Our mascot and master of ceremonies will guide us as we revel in this momentous commemorative 25th Oyster Festival celebration.

Oyster Festival is about celebrating the North Coast culture where our merchants, restauranteurs, volunteers and guests embrace locally grown and prepared foods, drinks, and art. When you leave the Arcata Plaza, you’ll take a renewed appreciation for our home, our marshes, and our bay with you. You can also take away some cool gifts from our Oyster Fest Gift Shop!

Thank you for taking part in our quarter century milestone on June 20. Now let the fun, food and frolic begin!


Art, Oysters, and Community Kick Off This Year’s 25th Anniversary

Hooper_Natural_Resources_StillHumboldt Bay Oyster Fest

A Negotiable Utopia: The Humboldt Bay Project

May 21, 5:30-8:00 p.m. in the Plaza View Room

The Oyster Festival is Arcata Main Street’s only fundraiser of the year. AMS is a non-profit organization. All of the proceeds from this festival are reinvested back into the AMS logocommunity. We thank you for supporting this event and AMS’s mission to enhance and promote Arcata’s identity, economy and cultural spirit.

Photo:  José Quezada for the Times-Standard   Poster:  Maya Aviña, the artist that created our original “Oyster Man” design.

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Phone: (707) 822-4500