Arcata Oyster Festival


Arcata Bay’s Oyster Festival is the prized pearl of summer festivals, where food lovers will have the opportunity to tantalize their taste buds with fabulous oysters and food.
Oyster Fest is about celebrating the North Coast culture where our merchants, restauranteurs, volunteers and guests embrace locally grown and made foods, drinks, and art. We we want you to be steeped in a complete Humboldt County experience.
Drink our local beer and wine, and dance the day away to local music. Many other activities entertain the festival goers, like the quirky Oyster Calling, and Shuck-n-Swallow contests. Local chefs compete for the best raw and cooked oyster.
Crowds throughout the day top 15,000 to 18,000, keeping local food vendors more than busy. Almost all of the festival vendors are chefs from Humboldt County's most appreciated restaurants, who compete in the annual oyster tasting competitions to claim the auspicious award of 'Best Oyster of the Festival' and 'Peoples' Choice.'

Here's a sampling of what you can expect:
  • Oyster creations prepared by some of Humboldt's finest chefs 35 + food vendors.  (for non-oyster lovers there will be other delicious options.)
  • Local craft beer and wine.
  • New this year Cider from Humboldt Cider Company and Wine and Oyster pairing.
  • Music entertainment kicks off at 11am.
  • Entertainment The "World Famous" Oyster Calling Contest
  • Fun activities for kids, and Art
  • The Best Oyster Contest
  • TRANSPORTATION & SHUTTLES – Don’t drive to the Plaza. We’ll have more shuttles per hour coming from Arcata High and HSU, with drop-offs on 10th St., just a block from the Plaza. Live in Arcata? Catch an Arcata/Mad River Bus. Ride to Arcata on the Redwood Transit System (101 Corridor), show your receipt at Oyster Fest, get a discount or money back. You won’t have to worry about parking, finding your car at the end of the day, or risk being pulled over if you’ve sampled a few beers. Take the FESTY BUS from anywhere between Trinidad, Willow Creek and Garberville!
A feature story in, an online travel business within Orbitz Worldwide, also praises the festival for being environmentally friendly by selling oysters farmed using long-lines that avoid the dredging of the bay.    LINK

Arcata Main Street's Oyster Festival began 25 years ago as a way to promote our local aquaculture industry.   Over 70% of the fresh oysters consumed in California are grown in 450 acres of Arcata Bay where the conditions are ideal. Currently there are five companies raising both Pacific Oysters and Kumomoto oysters for export and the restaurant trade. On average, it takes 18 months from “seed” oyster to harvest.  June is a peak month for oyster harvests in Humboldt County. These little gems of the sea are now farmed in bags tethered to posts in the Arcata Bay and no harmful dredging of the bay is necessary for their capture. The cities of Arcata and Eureka have made significant efforts to maintain the high quality of water in the bay, which is essential for aquaculture.

For more information visit or call 707-822-4500.





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Arcata Plaza - Downtown Arcata
Arcata Main Street

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  • 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Don't Miss the World Famous Oyster Calling Contest at Noon
  • Oysters, Beer, Wine, Music & Fun Activities for the Kids