At the Wareham Oyster Festival, there’s something for everyone! Here are some tips on how to best enjoy your day for the 5th annual Wareham Oyster Festival on May 27, 2018.
And remember, the festival is FREE!
Wareham is easily accessible via I-195 from the west (take Exit 21 and go south on Route 28), I-495 from the north or east (take Exit 1 to I-195 and get off immediately at the Route 28 exit) or Route 25 from Cape Cod (take Exit 2 and bear right onto Glen Charlie Road, then bear right onto Route 6 and continue to downtown Wareham). Plug “200 Main Street, Wareham” into your GPS and it should take you right to our information tent, where you can buy yourself a snappy new Wareham Oyster Festival hat!
The map at right shows the location of festival activities (highlighted in yellow) and public parking areas within easy walking distance — no more than half a mile. There is also on-street parking available at no charge, and some private lots where businesses are closed.
Food options include shellfish from Indian Cove Aquaculture (Wareham), Big Rock Oysters (Dennis), Cuttyhunk Shellfish, Matunuck Shellfish (Rhode Island), and Crooked River Shellfish Farm (Wareham).
Also enjoy seafood treats from Cape Cod Lobster Rolls, Lindsey’s Family Restaurant, Sky Bridge Cafe, and more.
For those who don’t care for seafood, there are plenty of options, with a half dozen food trucks, ice cream, gourmet cookies, kettle corn – you name it!
Main Street’s five restaurants will also be open, and don’t miss our “hidden jewel,” Cafe Soleil, one of our festival’s major sponsors! Their elegant but comfortable classic cuisine is an enjoyable treat year-round.
Those over 21 can partake of local beer and wine: Mayflower Brewery from Plymouth will have cans of beer for sale, and wines that pair perfectly with raw oysters. Soda and water will be available as well.
More than 60 craft vendors will offer their wares, with everything from hand forged knives. There will be an extensive array of jewelry and home decor.
Enjoy live music throughout the day! The Southcoast Jazz Orchestra takes the stage at 1 p.m. They’re a 17-piece group playing classic jazz that’s fun for all ages. At 3 p.m., rock out with Synthesis, playing classic rock favorites from the 70s and 80s. And don’t miss the Unlikely Strummers, a ukulele band that will entertain us from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Stop at the Fire Station for some old-fashioned fun for the kids, then stroll through the crafters for temporary airbrush tattoos, sand art, bubbles, and more.
Wareham offers 54 miles of beautiful coastline, and we’ll be showing some love for our water! Start with a visit to the Wareham Harbormaster’s display, where you’ll learn about their shellfish propogation program, their lifejacket loaners, their shuttle, and more. Then check in with Nemasket Kayak to learn about kayak, stand-up paddleboard, paddleboat, and canoe rentals. While checking out the giant duck boat, you can buy your own rubber duck, to compete in the Wareham Free Library’s fundraising duck race. And most of our vendors have a nautical twist on artwork and crafts!
Clean portable restrooms are available at both ends of Main Street, in front of the Fire Station and in the alley opposite the food court.
Medical issues? Stop in the fire station or see our detail in front of Pezzoli Square.
Questions? Visit the Wareham Oyster Festival booth in the food court.
The Oyster Festival 5K, with proceeds benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Wareham, kicks off at 10 a.m., and runners will be passing through the festival area to end the race.
5K registration begins at 8:30, and we’ll all pause for a moment to salute our veterans, who will be passing through on the Cape Flyer train on their way to Memorial Day services in Hyannis.