With the cooler weather making its way into the Richmond, Virginia and surrounding areas it is the perfect time to enjoy some outdoor festivals. Two oyster festivals that always pull in a big crowd are returning this year to satisfy everyone’s taste buds.
The first one to add to your event calendar is Shockoe-on-the-Half Shell on Saturday, September 24, starting at 11am and continuing through 4pm. Located in the bottom at the 17th Street Farmers Market surrounded by the most delicious restaurants in the RVA area and also some great shopping. This will be the 4th annual oyster festival in the Bottom and they have been preparing all year long to create a fun filled and what is sure to be a mouth-watering festival. Live music is a staple in any Farmers Market with bands ranging from rock, jazz, hip-hop, and some funk! There is a wide variety of ways to cook and eat and oyster and all of them will be there for you to take a bite out of- from raw, steamed and frittered, to fried and stewed.
The 54th annual Urbanna Oyster Festival is set for November 4and 5. Urbanna is a short car ride from the Mansion, taking just a little over an hour. This local festival is a tradition in the town of Urbanna that started in 1957, and was just a local favorite. Now, 54 years later it brings in a large crowd that like to enjoy oysters that are the pearl for this town and its economy. Fifty different vendors will bring in their best cuisine, including everything from oysters to hamburgers and everything in between. Arts and crafts will also be in ample supply throughout the town and festival village. The traditional Firemen’s Parade and The Oyster Festival Parade will get everything started on the right foot. The very exciting and fast paced oyster-shucking contest will take center stage as everyone gathers to see who will be crowned the winner!
Fall is in full swing here in the RVA area, we hope you come on out and enjoy a few outdoor festivals and that beautiful Southern weather!
See you soon,
~Paula and Martin Ramirez
Paula and Martin Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion, a wedding resort and bed and breakfast just minutes from Downtown Richmond. They enjoy new restaurant finds, Virginia wines and discovering fun events and activities throughout the area for their guests.