Arcata Oyster Festival

Arcata Main Street’s Arcata Bay Oyster Festival
Fun, Food and Frolic on the Historic Arcata Plaza
The Arcata Main Street’s Oyster Festival is now the largest one-day event in Humboldt County. Every year, more than 13,000 ecstatic festival goers and community gather on the Arcata Plaza to celebrate and showcase our local aquaculture and savor the delicacies that have earned us the reputation as the Oyster Capital of California.
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. Attendees will 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.
Oyster Fest is about celebrating the North Coast culture where our merchants, restaurateurs, volunteers and guests embrace locally grown and made foods, drinks, and art. We want you to be steeped in a complete Humboldt County experience.
The Oyster Festival is Arcata Main Street’s only fundraiser of the year. AMS is a non-profit organization.
All of the proceeds from this festival are reinvested back into the community. We thank you for supporting this event and AMS’s mission to enhance and promote Arcata’s identity, economy and cultural spirit.

FREE entrance!

  • Purchase tokens for beverages at the NW and SE corners of the Plaza. Cash and credit card only.
  • Purchase your food, games and activities directly with your dollars.
  • Please leave your dogs and coolers at home.


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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