Finding a place of entertainment for the entire family is not easy. Kids will not like what you like and what you like will be boring to them. Food is one of the things that could unite the interests of the family irrespective of age. If you are a family of seafood enthusiasts, oyster festivals are the ideal places for you to have fun together. Norwalk Oyster Festival is one such event that you must pay a visit to if you are living nearby or hoping to travel to the area in the second week of September.
The Norwalk Oyster Festival is an annual festival in the city of Norwalk, Connecticut, held on the first weekend after Labor Day in Veterans Park, near Long Island Sound. This festival assures three days of limitless fun, food, fabulous but free entertainment on multiple stages, and many special segments to enjoy together with families and friends.
2021 Norwalk Oyster Festival is hosted by the Norwalk Seaport Association with a range of traditional and new events to keep you entertained throughout the weekend. The Seaport Association has called for vendors, sponsors, and exhibitors to create a holistic shopping space at the annual Norwalk Oyster Festival. Over the years the past, the festival has been known for its suitability to feature and promote businesses or non-profit organizations.
Here is all you should know about the Norwalk Oyster Festival before going there.
Friday, 10th September 2021 – 6 pm to 11 pm
Saturday, 11th September 2021- 11 am to 11 pm
Sunday, 12th September 2021 – 11 am to 8 pm
Norwalk Veteran’s Memorial Park
42 Seaview Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06855
New York used to be one major source of oysters in global trades. The estuaries in and around New York City itself provided the oyster lovers of the region with their beloved food. To make the story more interesting, there are more than few buildings in Manhattan that were actually built with the mortar made of crushed oyster shells.
Southern Fairfield County, which falls along the northern coast of the Long Island Sound, was the same. But New York City was destroyed by pollution and dredging for the shipping trade while the Norwalk oyster trade managed to live on. Norwalk Oyster Festival is one of the CT fall festivals dedicated to celebrating the history and importance of oysters and oystermen (fishers of oysters).
Proceeds from the Norwalk Oyster Festival go to The Norwalk Seaport Association (a not-for-profit 501 C3 organization) and is fully responsible for organizing and financing the annual Oyster Festival.
Funds collected from the Oyster Festival will help the Seaport Association to move forward with its educational programs, stewardship for the 1868 Sheffield Island Lighthouse. These funds will also contribute to Norwalk Island’s habitat restoration projects in collaboration with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and other services
- Adults $12
- Children (5-12) $5.
- U.S. military personnel on active duty – free.
The daily entrance fee includes free off-site parking, shuttle buses to and from the festival, and entertainment. Please check the official website https://www.seaport.org/norwalk-oyster-festival for updated details.
The range of activities and entertainment that the Norwalk Oyster Festival offers makes it different from most other oyster festivals. To make your experience better, a host of national, local, and regional musical acts will perform throughout the weekend on several stages set up in the festival area.
Oyster Festival-goers will have a load of entertainment and activities to choose from depending on their preference over the weekend including the Nerveless Nocks Thrill Show, Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show, a Kids’ Cove with rides, games, and other children-focused live entertainment.
There will be a Craft Beer tent with more than 40 beers and the vast Arts and Crafts Pavilion with more than 100 artisans and crafters so you can enjoy arts with a glass of beer. Another thing to be excited about the Norwalk Oyster festival is that its international food court as well as the oyster slurping contest. Sunday will be dedicated to family fun with customized activities and meals for kids.
Although there is plenty of places to stay, they are more likely to get booked earlier due to the large crowd attracted to Norwalk Oyster Festival. To be safe, it is recommended to check hotel rates and book rooms and tickets well in advance.
There is no public parking on the festival grounds