Halifax Oyster Festival: 25th Nov 2022

The Halifax oyster festival is back again for 2022 after a few pandemic years break. This is one of the largest oyster festivals in Canada. The Halifax oyster festival was initially scheduled to hold in September, but due to Hurricane Fiona, the festival was postponed. But now the celebration is back again. The festival will take place in the picturesque location of Halifax waterfront, the seaport’s weatherproof Pavillon 22 venue!

The Halifax oyster festival will celebrate its 6th year in 2022. Starting in 2014, this festival runs independently with the team that publishes Halifax’s local news source. Since 2014 the Halifax oyster festival has proven to be the best oyster and food festival in the city.

Unlike other food festivals in the city, the Halifax oyster festival gives you a unique chance to meet the farmers and their families involved in the oyster industry and learn from them about the waters and the history of the local oysters. The festival has 2500 attendance. With 20+induvidual oyster farmers, Nova Scotian wine, beer, spirit, cider, seafood, and other food items, as well as the Nova Scotia Shucking Championship, we can guarantee you a grand oyster festival.

Date

  • Friday, November 25

    7-10 PM

  • Saturday, November 26

    12-3 PM

    7-10 PM (19+ after 9 PM)

Location

Halifax waterfront

1521 LOWER WATER STREET

(SALTER BLOCK PARKING LOT,

CORNER OF SALTER STREET +

LOWER WATER STREET)

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA

Tickets

Fri, Nov 25 from 7 pm – 10 pm

NPOYSTER *no oyster pass

$15.73

$22.01 with fees

NPOYSTER *no oyster pass

$15.73

$22.01 with fees

VIPEARL

$112.72

$140.00 with fees

VIP NPOYSTER *no oyster pass

$23.94

$32.00 with fees

Sat, Nov 26 from 12 pm – 3 pm

NPOYSTER *no oyster pass

$15.73

$22.01 with fees

NPOYSTER *no oyster pass

$15.73

$22.01 with fees

VIPEARL

$140.00 with fees

VIP NPOYSTER *no oyster pass

$23.94

$32.00 with fees

Food & Drink card

$20.00

Sat, Nov 26 from 7 pm – 10 pm

VIP NPOYSTER *no oyster pass

$23.94

$32.00 with fees

VIPEARL

$112.72

$140.00 with fees

NPOYSTER *no oyster pass

$15.73

$22.01 with fees

BRINY PASS

$59.29

$75.01 with fees

Food & Drink card

$20.00

Food and Drink Options

With oysters, other food items and beverages are available to purchase on-site. We try our best to reduce the price of each set, including chowder, lobster rolls, and sausages, below 12$. With that, Nova Scitoca wine, locally brewed beer, RIDs, cocktails, and non-alcoholic beverages in various tastes will be available to purchase in the festival location.

Food and Drink Pre-Paid Card

This year’s organizing committee has focused on reducing paper tickets to be more eco-friendly. So, visitors have to use scannable food and drink cards instead of paper tickets this year. For each food item and beverage you buy, the card will be loaded with dollars at one of the several Kiosks at the festival. When you enter the festival ground, you will be given a $0 card, and you have to load them with cash, credit, or debit at Kiosks on the festival grounds. The food and drink cards that you were loaded with money can be used to scan at festival bars and food stations to purchase food and drinks.

We recommend you pre-purchasing festival cards ahead of time to mitigate lineups. If you want to know the foods available and wait until the food and drink menu is published to make a card, we suggest you make a separate purchase for a food and drink card closer to the festival dates. The purchased food and drink cards will be a handout to you at the festival gates.

Please keep your festival card safe at the festival ground because lost or stolen festival cards cannot be replaced.

Your personal information won’t be attached to the card, just like gift cards.

Transportation

Bus

You can take a bus from Barrington since it would be more convenient to come to the event. Check Halifax Transit’s official website for more information. Halifax Transit | Bus | Schedules | Routes | Ferries 

Boat

You can take the opportunity to travel by boat since the festival happens in a harbor city! This is a unique offer and only for some in the world. The Alderney and Woodside ferries from Dartmouth will give you a ride to the Halifax ferry terminal, which is about 5 minute’s walk to the festival site. Halifax Transit | Bus | Schedules | Routes | Ferries 

Check the Halifax Transit for more details

Car

There will be no organized parking lots for public use around the festival site. But there are pay and parking lots along the waterfront, and there is another parking lot at Indigo parking garage away from a block.

Bike

You can ride your bike to the festival site and park it free! Bike rakes will be arranged in front of the festival ground and on lower water street.

Entertainment

As for the entertainment, there will be live music and Dj to dance with pearl. So grab a good spot to listen to the live music, dive into the taste of oysters, and later in the evening, show some moves at the DJ party. Yes of course there will be an Oyster shucking contest as well don’t forget to visit the contest and cheer the shuckers or maybe try joining the contests also.

Accommodation

The Sutton Place Hotel is the best palace to stay for out-of-town guests. There will be special rates for ticket holders from $219-$249, including taxes and fees.

Contact 

Reach the organizing committee of the coast at 2309 Maynard Street, Halifax, Canada, B3K3T8.

Phone 902-422-6278

Email  [email protected]

As a visitor to the Halifax Oyster Festival….

As a visitor to the Halifax Oyster Festival 2022, you have a role in making the oyster festival’s environment comfortable and inclusive for your fellow oyster lovers! Please contribute to making this festival an event with zero harassment or discrimination. You can inform festival staff members or volunteers. And if you see any kind of harassment, you have to report that. There are many festival volunteers and staff members on site that are willing to help you.

Please be kind to the people around you, especially vendors and those who serve you oysters. All are here to enjoy and celebrate this unique and biggest Canadian oyster festival and to have a good time!

FAQs on Halifax Oyster Festival 2022

What does my ticket cover?

Briny Pas
Include entrance and oyster for all 15 oyster farmers
VIPEARL Pass
VIP early access
Access to VIP lounge with private shucking, bar, and extra appetizer
Access to VIPs’ semi-private indoor washrooms.
Nopyster Pass
Entrance for no oysters
VIP Nopyster Pass
Access to VIP tent and lounge entrance but no oysters

What will the weather be on the festival day?

This is an excellent time for Oysters. November gives extra fun to the Oyster season. When the temperature drops, oysters become fat. Even though the weather in Halifax changes from hot to warm to stormy rapidly, thanks to the indoor pavilion 22 venue, the festival can hold without any disturbance.

Is there any dress code?

Yes, and the dress code is MARITIME! 

What are the rules and regulations?

No outside foods or drinks are allowed on the site
No smoking, vaping, or cannabis on site
Children under 19 cannot attend the festival after 9 PM
Children above 12 must have a ticket
Re-entering is allowed, but you need to have your wristband in order to do so

How to be a volunteer?

If you want to volunteer and explore the food service, you are most welcome to be a part of something big and important. Fill out this form and submit it to be a volunteer.

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