Sunday, January 26, 2020
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

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About the Festival

The Lowcountry Oyster Festival is the world’s largest oyster festival and has been named one of the “top 20 events in the southeast” by Southeastern Tourism Society. Highlights include the legendary “Oyster Shucking” and “Oyster Eating” Contests, live music on the main stage, wine, a selection of domestic and imported beers, a Children’s Area and a “Food Court” showcasing a variety of local favorite restaurants to satisfy everyone’s taste.

This is a charitable fundraiser.  This year’s selected benefitting charities are: MUSC Hollings Cancer Center | Ronald McDonald House Charities | Coastal Conservation Association of SC | Shriners Hospitals for Children | Charleston County School District | Bread & Butter Charleston. Our Education Partners are: The Culinary Institute of Charleston | College of Charleston

—Music: Opening-The Bluestone Ramblers; Headlining will be The Ol’ 55’s.

—Contests: The Oyster Shucking and Eating Contests will begin at noon. There will be 4 contests: Men’s Shucking | Women’s Shucking | Men’s Eating | Women’s Eating. Sign-ups will be from 10-noon underneath the main stage tent.

Don’t like oysters? We have plenty of other options…

  • Food Court Restaurants: Dockery’s | Grace & Grit | Martin’s BBQ | Oyster House | Zeus Grill & Seafood | Red’s Ice House | Cochita’s Kitchen | Hyman’s Seafood | Pies, Cakes & S’more | Memminger Elementary (baked goods)
  • Food Trucks: Dockery’s | Ben & Jerry’s

—VIP Area: Our exclusive VIP area includes catered unlimited LOCAL oysters, food, and beverages. Seating and tables are provided. The VIP menu is catered by Swig & Swine.

Blade & Bull: Test your ax throwing skills with Blade & Bull!

—Kids Area: Pluff-A-Pallooza is all about the kids and it’s all FREE!

Pluff-A-Palooza Schedule:

  • 2 JUMP CASTLES; 1 FOR UN DER 5 AND ONE FOR 6 UNDER
  • THEATRE ON THE HALF-SHELL BY SALT MARSH MYSTERY THEATRE : “PLUFFMUD MYSTERY” SHOWS: 12:30, 1:30, 2:30
  • BREAK DANCING SHOWS BY BREAK CIRCUIT 12:15, 1:15, 2:15
  • ART-CYCLE PEDAL-POWERED SPIN ART
  • BUBBLE THERAPY
  • CLIMBING WALL
  • LOWCOUNTRY ENVIRONMENTAL CRAFTIVITIES AND EDUCATION WITH…
  • WATER KEEPER | LEARN ABOUT THE ECOSYSTEMS AND THE IMPORTANCE OF WATER
  • BEE CAUSE | LEARN ABOUT THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF BEES
  • SURFRIDER FOUNDATION | LEARN ABOUT THE OCEAN AND ECO SYSTEM
  • LOWCOUNTRY MARINE MAMMAL NETWORK | LEARN ABOUT MAMMALS
  • NOISY OYSTER PERCUSSION PLAY AREA
  • COOKIE DECORATING WITH “PLUFF-MUDD” FROSTING
  • “SWEETGRASS PALACE” MISS TRUDIE QUEEN OF SWEETGRASS LOWCOUNTRY TRADITION OF SWEETGRASS WEAVING
  • LOWCOUNTRY OYSTER CRAFTS
  • PHOTO BOOTH
  • LIMBO WITH LOCAL MASCOTS:CLYDE THE COUGAR-THE COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON, SCRAPPY – PATRIOTS POINT, CHARLIE FROM THE RIVERDOGS
  • JUGGLING WITH DEENA-JUGGLEENA
  • HOOPING THROUGHOUT THE DAY
  • STILT PERFORMERS
  • EGG TOSS
  • MARSHMALLOW HURRICANE

 

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Frequently asked Questions

  • How much does it cost and what is included?

    General Admission – $17.50/advanced; $25 day of-  (online, Boone Hall Farms, official Visitor Center). Children 10 and under are free with an adult general admission ticket. Includes entry into event.  The general admission ticket grants you access into the festival. Once inside, you purchase food & beverage tickets separately.

    VIP – $130 before December 31st; $160 after January 1st – frequently sell out, so encouraged to buy in advance. VIP has its own supply of unlimited food (including LOCAL oysters) and beverages under the tent. Food not within the VIP not included and can be purchased separately. See main event page for menu.

  • What am I allowed to bring inside of the festival?

    Allowed: Strollers | Wagons | Foldable Chairs | Oyster Knives and Gloves

    Not allowed: Pets | Coolers | Outside Food and Beverages | Foldable Tables

  • Is the event rain or shine?

    Yes, the event will be rain or shine!  Think of the Oyster Festival like you do mail delivery – good anytime!

  • How much does the food cost?

    Food can be purchased from a variety of vendors. Food items range from $2 – $6.

    Oysters are available by the bucket, steamed. One bucket is around 2 1/2 dozen oysters and is market value.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much does it cost and what is included?

    General Admission – $17.50/advanced; $25 day of-  (online, Boone Hall Farms, official Visitor Center). Children 10 and under are free with an adult general admission ticket. Includes entry into event.  The general admission ticket grants you access into the festival. Once inside, you purchase food & beverage tickets separately.

    VIP – $130 before December 31st; $160 after January 1st – frequently sell out, so encouraged to buy in advance. VIP has its own supply of unlimited food (including LOCAL oysters) and beverages under the tent. Food not within the VIP not included and can be purchased separately. See main event page for menu.

  • What am I allowed to bring inside of the festival?

    Allowed: Strollers | Wagons | Foldable Chairs | Oyster Knives and Gloves

    Not allowed: Pets | Coolers | Outside Food and Beverages | Foldable Tables

  • Is the event rain or shine?

    Yes, the event will be rain or shine!  Think of the Oyster Festival like you do mail delivery – good anytime!

  • How much does the food cost?

    Food can be purchased from a variety of vendors. Food items range from $2 – $6.

    Oysters are available by the bucket, steamed. One bucket is around 2 1/2 dozen oysters and is market value.

  • How long is the event?

    Gates open at 10am and the event ends 5pm. For a full schedule of events and offerings, please see our event page on the website.

  • Is there a cost for parking?

    There is no charge for general parking and the attendants will guide you into a parking space. Handicap parking is available for free and there is a lot for preferred parking which costs $20 cash. These spots are first-come first-serve. For guests entering the event using the Highway 17N entrance, there are park and ride shuttles running continually through Boone Hall that take you from the parking lot to the entrance.

  • How do I get to the event?

    There will be 2 entrances. The Main Entrance is located at 1235 Long Point Road. You may also enter at 2330 US Highway 17. If arriving via Uber, Lyft or taxi please give them the 1235 Long Point Rd. address. The drop-off will be at a designated loop near the main plantation house.

Ticket Information

Gates open at 10:00 am and ends at 5:00 pm.

Rain or shine event. No pets, coolers or outside food and beverages, please. Oyster knives and gloves will be available for purchase at the event.

GENERAL ADMISSION

$17.50

In Advance

or

$25

Day Of Event

Tickets are available at Boone Hall Farms, or at any official Visitors Center.

KIDS AMISSION
(10 and Under)

General admission tickets for children ten and under.

VIP TICKETS

$130

through Dec. 31

or

$160

starting Jan. 1

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Event Information

Sunday, January 26, 2020
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Boone Hall Plantation

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Parking

There is no charge for general parking​! ​​Attendants will be available to guide you to a parking spot. For guests entering the event using the Highway 17N entrance, there ​are park and ride shuttles ​that will take you to the festival entrance. Handicap ​parking is available. For ​$20.00 CASH ONLY preferred parking is available first come first serve.

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Directions

For your convenience their are two entrances. The Main Entrance is located at 1235 Long Point Road. The Hwy 17 Entrance is located at 2330 US Highway 17. If arriving via Uber, Lyft or taxi use The Main Entrance

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