At the Wareham Oyster Festival, there’s something for everyone! Here are some tips we offered on how to best enjoy your day for the 4th annual Wareham Oyster Festival in 2017. Join us again in May, 2018.
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 West Island Seafood (Fairhaven).
Also enjoy seafood treats from Cape Cod Lobster Rolls, Lindsey’s Family Restaurant, Mumma Mary’s Italian Restaurant, and Kevin’s Kitchen.
Our friends at Americana Cafe, right next to all the action, will be offering grilled sausages and more. R.W. Catering will offer a variety of food, including hot dogs and cranberry chicken salad sandwiches.
Stop in to El Mariachi, the Riverside Cafe, or Minerva’s Pizza to enjoy their regular menu items.
Plus, we’ll have Wicked Good Kettle Corn and Crazy for Cookies!
Those over 21 can partake of local beer and wine: Mayflower Brewery from Plymouth will have cans of beer for sale, and Westport Rivers Vineyard will offer local white wines and sparklers which pair perfectly with raw oysters. Soda and water will be available as well.
Forty vendors will offer their wares, with everything from wooden bubble wands to handmade dog collars. There will be an extensive array of jewelry and home decor, and the Bourne-Wareham Art Association will have works on display and for sale by seven different local artists.
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.
Synthesis will rock the house starting at 3 p.m., playing classic rock favorites.
For the Kids
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, to compete in the Wareham Free Library’s duck race. And most of our vendors have a nautical twist on artwork and crafts!
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.