The 33rd Annual North Carolina Oyster Festival

Posted on 09/19/2013

The 33rd Annual North Carolina Oyster Festival is less than a month away; it will take place in Ocean Isle Beach, NC on Saturday and Sunday, October 19-20, 2013. The festival, which is hosted by Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce, is expected to draw about 50,000 tourist and locals, and will offer something for ever visitor. The event has live entertainment, food (festival style as well as local cuisines), vendor booths, children's activities, road races, an Oyster Stew Cook-Off, Oyster Shucking Contest, and much more. Tickets to the event can be purchased at the gate, which are $5 for adults and children under 8 years of age are free. 
This year’s musical headliner will be The Lost Trailers, a country music group consisting of Stokes Nielson and Jason Wyatt. They have opened for the likes of Sugarland, Taylor Swift, Jamey Johnson and many others. There will also be other performers such as The Craig Woolard Band, Sea-Cruz, The Entertainers and Jaded Mayberry. Past performers have been acts such as Casey James and Josh Kelly. 
Vendor booths consist of handmade jewelry, painted glassware, hand-blown Christmas ornaments, natural soaps, jams, handcrafted clothing items, woodcraft, unique cuisines, and much more. Many items are handmade and one of a kind. A lot of the vendors only take cash so keep that in mind before you show up. 
You may also be interested in the NC Oyster Festival road races; they offer a 5K, 10K 1 Mile Fun Run, and new for 2013 is a 5K Beach Run Adventure. If you’re interested in finding local accommodations for the festival you can visit for more information. You can also visit the NC Oyster Festival's website at Don't miss one of Brunswick County, North Carolina's biggest and best events of the year!