Your Ultimate Guide to the Urbanna Oyster Festival

Clear your calendars for the first weekend in November, because you don’t want to miss the Urbanna Oyster Festival on Friday and Saturday. Just ask one of the previous participants — this annual festival has been running for over 60 years and never disappoints attendees. Urbanna is a small town of about 500 residents, but it comes to life with up to 60,000 oyster lovers each year! 

Best of all, it’s just minutes away from the Hope & Glory Inn and Vineyard. You can check out the excitement in Urbanna then come back to treat yourself to our unparalleled wine and oyster pairings and luxurious accommodations. Add our free Vacation Guide to the equation, and you have the recipe for a remarkable getaway. Take a peek to see our local tips and recommendations for things to do in the area as well as more upcoming festivals for tasty oysters and exquisite wines.

Plan the Perfect Trip!

Discover the Top Events at the Urbanna Oyster Festival in VA

1. Festival Village

Of course, the main attraction at the Urbanna Oyster Festival is the oysters. Whether you prefer them fried, roasted, or raw, you can count on them being fresh and delicious from the vendors at the Festival Village. This delightful destination is set up on both Friday and Saturday and offers more than tasty food and beverages. Feel free to check out the local arts and crafts, and take home a unique souvenir from your visit, too!

2. The Parades

What’s better than one parade? Two parades! Make sure you watch the Firemen’s Parade on Friday in the evening to see a variety of modern and antique trucks, then stick around for a live music performance. Then, get a prime viewing spot on Marston Ave. or Prince George St. for the Oyster Festival Parade on Saturday, featuring creative floats, marching bands, and an appearance by the Oyster Festival Queen.

3. The Waterfront Celebrations

Of course, Urbanna and the Chesapeake Bay weren’t always what they are today. We encourage you to head to the waterfront at the Urbanna Town Marina for a glimpse into the past. Here, you’ll find a variety of boats, fascinating exhibits, and live music on both days of the festival. You can even step aboard some of the traditional ships for a truly immersive experience!

Reminder: This annual celebration is a pay-as-you-go event, which means you don’t need to purchase Urbanna Oyster Festival tickets unless you want the VIP experience.

Stay Nearby at the Hope and Glory Inn for the Best Experience

The Urbanna Oyster Festival spans two days on the first weekend in November, and both days are full of must-see events. If you need lodging, there’s no better option than our award-winning Hope & Glory Inn and Vineyard in Irvington, VA. Our accommodations are second to none, and we offer a variety of remarkable experiences you can’t find anywhere else. We invite you to unwind by the saltwater pool, make reservations at our on-site, top-rated restaurant, cruise Carter’s Creek aboard True Love, and enjoy a soothing massage in our spa. Don’t forget to walk over to The Dog and Oyster Vineyard, too, so you can indulge in our unrivaled wine and oyster pairings.

Cottage 3 is an excellent example of the top-notch retreats you can expect at our inn. Open the door and step inside to immerse yourself in a paradise of relaxation. Lounge in your luxurious living room, experience pure serenity in the garden patio, and enjoy several amenities that add to your five-star experience.

Book your favorite room or cottage before we fill up for the Urbanna Festival this fall! We look forward to welcoming you to the beautiful Northern Neck of Virginia!