Our partners throw great oyster festivals! Simply by attending one of the below events, you are making an impact in our efforts to restore the local oyster population. In some cases, proceeds from the event will directly support ORP programming, and in others the shell collected will be circulated through our shell recycling program, and later reused as host shells for planting more oysters into the Bay. If you would like your event to be added to our list below, please contact us at: email@example.com.
Anne Arundel County Farmers’ Market
Oysters are now available at the Anne Arundel County Farmers’ Market! ORP is working with local watermen to bring fresh oysters straight from the Bay to market. Buy them by the dozen.
Saturdays | 7 am – noon
275 Truman Parkway Annapolis, MD 21401
Mermaid’s Kiss Oyster Fest
ORP’s 5th annual Mermaid’s Kiss event will be held in partnership with the National Aquarium on Tuesday, October 6 in Baltimore. This year 800 oyster and Chesapeake Bay enthusiasts will eat, drink and mingle during the region’s largest oyster raw bar event in history. Enjoy signature dishes from some of the area’s best restaurants, live entertainment and of course, an unlimited supply of the freshest and tastiest oysters grown right here in local waters.
Tuesday, October 6 | 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
National Aquarium 501 E. Pratt Street Baltimore, MD 21202
Oyster BMP Expert Panel Public Stakeholder Meeting
ORP has been approved by the U.S. EPA Chesapeake Bay Program to coordinate the Oyster Best Management Practice (BMP) Expert Panel. The Oyster BMP Expert Panel is charged to evaluate the effectiveness of oyster practices to reduce nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus) and sediment pollution in Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. This public stakeholder meeting is an opportunity for the public to learn more about the goals of the Oyster BMP Expert Panel and to provide input to the panel in the form of presentations or discussion that will help inform their evaluation. RSVP required. In person and remote attendance options are available.
Monday, November 2 | 9:00 am – noon
Chesapeake Bay Program Office, 410 Severn Ave, Annapolis, MD 21403