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October 14 @ 10:00 am - October 15 @ 5:00 pm
Visitors from far and wide attend this famous festival each year sharing one thing in common: a love for oysters. The two-day event features cuisine from local restaurants, locally brewed beer, artists selling their works, and live music with performances from bands such as Crabgrass and Funktapuss. The core of the 17th annual Wellfleet OysterFest takes place on Main Street in downtown Wellfleet, with satellite activities occurring in various locations around town, including the annual 5K Shuck and Run road race on Sunday morning. The Wellfleet Public Library also hosts a nautical-themed spelling bee for kids. Michele Insley of Wellfleet SPAT, the event’s host, says visitors can also take advantage of some new treats this year. “The tides are coordinating with us for the first time in years to be able take tours of some of the licensed shellfish beds,” Insley says. Also, renowned Boston chef Barbara Lynch gives a cooking demonstration Sunday at 12 p.m. at Wellfleet Preservation Hall. The festival’s main event is the annual Shuck Off oyster shucking contest at Town Hall; preliminary rounds take place Saturday at 1 p.m., with the finals on Sunday at 1 p.m. wellfleetspat.org