Everything You Need to Know to Have a Shucking Good Time at the Wellfleet Oyster Festival

Each autumn, the Wellfleet Oyster Festival brings a weekend full of deep-rooted shellfishing traditions to Cape Cod. This annual celebration features art, food, cooking demonstrations, an oyster shucking competition, and more. Locals and visitors alike flock to Main Street in Wellfleet each year for a taste of what this festival has to offer. Aside from all of the fun this festival has to offer, it also plays a pivotal role in the local community. Proceeds from paid events that focus on shellfishing traditions, as well as other paid events, are funneled back into the community in the form of scholarships and grants. Have fun and feel good about doing so! 

Want to stay near all of the excitement of the Wellfleet Oyster Festival? Stay at Candleberry Inn in Brewster, MA, to be a half-hour away from all of the action. Request a copy of our complimentary Vacation Guide to begin planning your trip!

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3 Best Ways to Experience the Wellfleet Oyster Festival 

1. Taste Local Food and Brews

What better way to celebrate Cape Cod’s fresh seafood fare than by trying a little bit of everything? The Wellfleet Oyster Festival features raw bars from a variety of local fisherman’s catches. Sink your teeth into fresh-out-of-the-water oysters and clams, or swing by vendors from local restaurants. Have you ever tried a stuffed clam? Now’s your chance. Wash it wall down with beer from Cape Cod breweries or a class of locally-produced wine. 

2. Participate in the Oyster Shuck-Off & Other Events

The most famous event of the weekend at Wellfleet Oysterfest is an oyster shuck-off. This shellfishing tradition that utilizes only an oyster shucking knife and your own skillset, brings competitive fun for amateurs and expert shuckers alike. 

The competition starts on Saturday with preliminaries and concludes on Sunday, where only the best shuckers are left standing. The idea is to create 24 picturesque oysters on the half shell under time constraints and heavy competition. Do you have what it takes? 

3. Admire Cape Cod’s Local Artists 

While the Wellfleet Oyster Festival is a shellfish-centric event, there are also plenty of opportunities to admire the talents of the Cape’s local artists. Rock out to live music of all genres from rock to bluegrass, or purchase handmade jewelry, pottery, art, and more from 70 local artisans!

Stay at Candleberry Inn During this Annual Celebration

Bed and fireplace view of the Breezing Up room at Candleberry Inn.

All of these events and more make the Wellfleet Oyster Festival one of the best things to do on Cape Cod during the fall. Come see what we’ve been raving about since the 1990s when you stay at Candleberry Inn during this fall festival. Our Brewster, MA, bed and breakfast is just a short drive from all of the festivities and is the perfect place to rest your full stomach after a day of eating and shucking. 

Consider our Breezing Up Room for a light and airy Cape Cod feel and modern amenities. This room features first-level access, a queen-size bed, and views of the Old King’s Highway. Don’t wait to book your guest room, though, as this is a widely popular event and our room will fill up quickly! Browse your Brewster, MA, lodging options today!