Sunday, January 31, 2021
CANCELLED

About the Festival

Statement from the Charleston Restaurant Foundation (CRF):

CHARLESTON, S.C. (January 29, 2021) – The Charleston Restaurant Foundation (CRF) has announced the cancellation of the 2021 Lowcountry Oyster Festival due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Originally scheduled for January 31, the CRF Board voted in December to postpone the festival to a later date.

“The health and safety of our guests, volunteers and the community have always been the number one priority of the Foundation,” says Jonathan Kish, president of the Charleston Restaurant Foundation. “Although we have been diligently working to modify the event with appropriate safety precautions, we believe that canceling the event is the safest decision at this time. We appreciate the community’s continued support of this charity event, and we look forward to next year’s festival.”

All remaining ticket holders will be notified by the ticket company and provided a full refund.

 

The Greater Charleston Restaurant Association, Inc (GCRA) is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to be the advocate of its member restaurants, providing them the resources they need so that their guests can savor and celebrate Lowcountry cuisine.The GCRA is committed to giving back to our community through charitable efforts supporting the tri-county area, now recognized as one of the nation’s premier dining destinations.

Frequently asked Questions

  • How much does it cost and what is included?

    General Admission*available for sale November 30, 2020

    $17.50/advanced; $25 day of –  (online & official Visitor Centers). 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 may purchase food & beverage tickets separately with a debit or credit card. This is a cashless event.

    VIP$150 before December 31, 2020 and $180 starting January 1st, 2021. These frequently sell out, so encouraged to buy in advance. VIP has its own supply of unlimited food (including steamed oysters) and beverages under the tent. Food not within VIP is not included and can be purchased separately with a debit or credit card. 21+ section. No kids allowed. This is a cashless event. 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

  • What is new this year to adhere to suggested COVID-19 protocol guidelines?
    • The event will be cashless (food & beverage tickets will be purchased with debit or credit cards only)
    • Socially distanced (vendors and lines will be spaced a minimum of 6′ apart)
    • All attendees must wear a mask (unless seated and enjoying oysters or cold beer)
    • Additional hand washing stations and sanitizing stands placed throughout the event
    • All volunteers and event staff will be masked, frequently hand washing and sanitized, and following CDC guidelines.
  • 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!

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much does it cost and what is included?

    General Admission*available for sale November 30, 2020

    $17.50/advanced; $25 day of –  (online & official Visitor Centers). 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 may purchase food & beverage tickets separately with a debit or credit card. This is a cashless event.

    VIP$150 before December 31, 2020 and $180 starting January 1st, 2021. These frequently sell out, so encouraged to buy in advance. VIP has its own supply of unlimited food (including steamed oysters) and beverages under the tent. Food not within VIP is not included and can be purchased separately with a debit or credit card. 21+ section. No kids allowed. This is a cashless event. 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

  • What is new this year to adhere to suggested COVID-19 protocol guidelines?
    • The event will be cashless (food & beverage tickets will be purchased with debit or credit cards only)
    • Socially distanced (vendors and lines will be spaced a minimum of 6′ apart)
    • All attendees must wear a mask (unless seated and enjoying oysters or cold beer)
    • Additional hand washing stations and sanitizing stands placed throughout the event
    • All volunteers and event staff will be masked, frequently hand washing and sanitized, and following CDC guidelines.
  • 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 $1 – $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. These spots are first-come first-serve.

Event Information

Sunday, January 31, 2021
CANCELLED

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Parking

There is no charge for general parking​! ​​Attendants will be available to guide you to a parking spot. Handicap ​parking is available.

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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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Benefitting Charity

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