About Us

Did you know… that the Wareham Oyster Festival Inc. is a private non-profit organization comprised entirely of volunteers? This small group puts on the Wareham Oyster Festival every May, and plans for the festival throughout the year.

The festival is funded almost entirely through donations from local businesses. As a 501(c)3 organization, we can provide donors with documentation that may make their donations tax-deductible. Our tax ID is 82-1744168.

Want to help? Email us for information!

Oysters 101: Environmental Benefits

Oysters are important in water filtration. A single mature oyster can filter up to 50 gallons of water per day.

It’s estimated that a harvested mature wild oyster removes 0.5 grams of nitrogen and 0.16 grams of phosphorus from sea water.  Nutrient removal is slightly less for cultivated oysters. 

In addition to nutrients, they consume phytoplankton (algae and other microscopic organisms) which improves sunlight penetration thereby increasing photosynthesis. Increased photosynthesis helps to reduce CO2, reducing ocean acidification. Increased photosynthesis also promotes growth of eel grass beds and other beneficial aquatic plants, an important habitat for numerous ocean species.   

Much like coral reefs in tropical climates, oyster reefs act as aquatic nurseries, sheltering and supporting a myriad of temperate climate marine life.

Oyster aquaculture is a sustainable fishery which improves rather than harms the nearshore coastal environment.

Recycled shells placed in suitable locations helps to establish a habitat for wild oysters to build new reefs and helps to restore wild populations. Please recycle your shells today to assist in this effort.

Attention Artisans!

The Wareham Oyster Festival has become the biggest collection of handcrafted wares in the region. Don’t miss this opportunity to join artisans from all over New England!

Sign up on our website by clicking here. You can then pay by credit card (email us to let us know you want to do that) or mail us a check (and save the convenience fee). Either way, please make sure you write your vendor number, shown on your email confirmation, on your check and any correspondence.

Wareham Oyster Festival

The seventh annual Wareham Oyster Festival has officially been rescheduled to Sunday, September 6, 2020, with approval granted by local authorities this week.
Should new directives or guidance regarding gatherings be put in place for late summer, the Wareham Oyster Festival Board of Directors will re-evaluate this date.
We are hopeful that by then, the coronavirus pandemic will be behind us, and we will all be eager for an afternoon of great food, live music, artisan vendors, a 5K road race, and some of the best shellfish in all of New England.
Stay safe!

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Wareham Oyster Festival 5K Run/Walk

wareham-oyster-festival-5k-logoIt was a great day! Results are available on Cool Running here.

The Run benefits the Boys and Girls Club of Wareham.