At the Wareham Oyster Festival, there’s something for everyone! Here are some tips on how to best enjoy your day for the 6th annual Wareham Oyster Festival on May 26, 2019.
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!
A free shuttle will whisk visitors from the Town Hall parking lot (54 Marion Road — that’s Route 6) to the festival site and back, running a continuous loop throughout the day. It’s about four blocks from that parking area to the festival site.
Food options include shellfish from Indian Cove Aquaculture (Wareham), Edgewater Oysters (also Wareham), Cuttyhunk Shellfish, and Matunuck Shellfish (Rhode Island).
Also enjoy seafood treats from Cape Cod Lobster Rolls, Lindsey’s Family Restaurant, Sky Bridge Cafe, Mumma Mary’s, and Ella’s Woodburning Oven.
For those who don’t care for seafood, there are plenty of options, with 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 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 Proud Pour wines that pair perfectly with raw oysters — and proceeds help to pay for oyster reef restoration. Soda and water will be available as well.
More than 60 craft vendors will offer their wares, selling everything from handmade wooden sunglasses to handcrafted windchimes made from upcycled bottles. There will be an extensive array of jewelry and home decor.
Enjoy live music throughout the day! Headliner is Southcoast Jazz Orchestra, taking 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., we rock out with Synthesis, playing classic rock favorites from the 70s and 80s. We open with Gil Correia, internationally renowned blues guitarist.
Throughout the festival are vendors that offer fun for kids.
Wareham offers 54 miles of beautiful coastline, and we’ll be showing some love for our water! 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 at the old train depot, 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.