Sunday, January 29, 2023

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About the Festival

Who’s ready to do some oyster shucking? How does 45,000 pounds of oysters sound? The Lowcountry Oyster Festival presented by Toadfish is the world’s largest oyster festival! Highlights include live music on the main stage, raw oyster eating and shucking contests, 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.

*Please note: this year’s event is cashless.  Guest will purchase food & beverage tickets with a credit/debit card at satellite ticket tents throughout the event.

The Charleston Restaurant Foundation (CRF) mission is to support the charitable deeds of the Lowcountry Hospitality Association, which serves the geographical area of Charleston, South Carolina.   Its focus is to advocate its member restaurants by providing them the resources they need so that their guests can savor and celebrate Lowcountry cuisine.  Annual fundraising events enable the CRF to give back to the community that has so generously supported its members.  To date, those fundraising efforts have enabled the CRF to donate over One Million ($1,000,000) Dollars to local charities.

Entertainment:

  • TBD

Schedule of Events:

  • TBD

Kids Area: PLUFF-A-PALLOOZA

  • TBD

 

     *scheduling and performers subject to change without notice

 

 

 

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Frequently asked Questions

  • How much does it cost and what is included?

    General Admission – $23 –  (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 (21 and older) – $179. These frequently sell out, so encouraged to buy in advance. VIP has its own supply of unlimited food (including steamed oysters) and beverages (beer, wine, spirits) under the tent. Food not within VIP is not included and can be purchased separately with a debit or credit card.  This is a cashless event.

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

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

    Not allowed: Pets | Coolers | Outside Food and Beverages | Oversize, Folding 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-$12.

    Buckets of Steamed Oysters: Market price.  One bucket is around 2 1/2 dozen oysters. Must purchase food & beverage tickets to purchase a bucket of oysters.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much does it cost and what is included?

    General Admission – $23 –  (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 (21 and older) – $179. These frequently sell out, so encouraged to buy in advance. VIP has its own supply of unlimited food (including steamed oysters) and beverages (beer, wine, spirits) under the tent. Food not within VIP is not included and can be purchased separately with a debit or credit card.  This is a cashless event.

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

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

    Not allowed: Pets | Coolers | Outside Food and Beverages | Oversize, Folding 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-$12.

    Buckets of Steamed Oysters: Market price.  One bucket is around 2 1/2 dozen oysters. Must purchase food & beverage tickets to purchase a bucket of oysters.

  • 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.

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

$23

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

GENERAL ADMISSION FOR KIDS
(10 and Under)

FREE

General admission tickets for children ten and under are free with a paying adult.

VIP TICKETS
(21 and over)

$179

It is encouraged to buy these in advance to ensure your spot before they sell out. Tickets include admission and a VIP tented area with tables and chairs and unlimited oysters, food, and beverages.

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Event Information

Sunday, January 29, 2023

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Parking

There is no charge for parking​! ​​Attendants will be available to guide you to a parking spot. Handicap ​parking is available and rideshare is recommended! Please note that there is NOT preferred parking.

Lodging

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Directions

For your convenience their are multiple entrances. The Main Entrance is located at 1235 Long Point Road (Uber, Lyft or taxi please use this entrance). The Hwy 17 Entrance is located at 2330 US Highway 17.

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