5 of the Best Things to Do at the Urbanna Oyster Festival

Clear your calendars for the first weekend in November because there’s an upcoming event that you won’t want to miss! The Urbanna Oyster Festival is an annual celebration of all things related to this tasty bivalve. Urbanna is a small town of about 500 residents, but this festival attracts around 70,000 visitors each year! People flock here every November to try the oysters, explore the area, and attend unique events. Scroll down to see how you can be one of them this year! Plus, you can make the most of your trip to the Chesapeake Bay with our free Vacation Guide to Irvington, VA! Our beautiful town is full of additional attractions to enjoy after the Festival. Take a look!

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Check out These Activities and Attractions at the Urbanna Oyster Festival!

1. Indulge in Delicious Oysters

Of course, the main attraction is the oysters. No matter how you prefer them served, there are dozens of vendors that are happy to provide you with a tasty dish. Whether you like them fried, roasted, or raw, you can count on them being fresh and delicious! If you’d like to mix it up, feel free to enjoy additional options like burgers, hot dogs, Philly cheese steaks, and more. One thing is for sure — you won’t leave hungry!

2. Taste a Variety of Craft Beers and Wines

Pair your food with refreshing beverages! The Urbanna Oyster Festival hosts some incredible beer and wine tastings each year. Admission to the craft beer tent is $10 and includes a souvenir glass along with four tastings of fantastic microbrews. If wine is more your style, there’s a wine tasting area featuring several local wineries. Either way, it’s sure to be a delightful experience for you and your taste buds!

3. Watch the Parades

What’s better than one parade? How about two parades! When you attend the Festival in November, you can spectate the popular Oyster Festival Parade including creative floats, marching bands, and an appearance by the Oyster Festival Queen. For another fantastic display, be sure to check out the Firemen’s Parade. Watch as a variety of modern and antique trucks travel past, then stick around for a live music performance!

4. Explore the Antique Car Show

If you’re interested in automobiles, head over to the Antique Car Show! Browse a wide variety of classic cars and check under the hood to see what makes them tick. Feel free to bring your own! Winners will be chosen to be part of the parade.

5. Stay Nearby at the Hope and Glory Inn!

Bedroom of Room 6 at Hope and Glory Inn

The Urbanna Oyster Festival spans two days in November, and both are full of must-see events. If you need comfortable lodging nearby, we’re happy to accommodate you at the Hope and Glory Inn. After all of the excitement, you can retreat to one of our luxurious rooms and cottages for some rest and relaxation. With unique designs and elegant decor, our accommodations are second to none.

Consider Room 6 to enjoy superb lodging for the Urbanna Oyster Festival. Open the door and step inside to immerse yourself in a soothing environment. Lounge in your luxurious queen-size bed, soak in your clawfoot tub, and enjoy several amenities adding to your five-star experience.

Book your Irvington getaway today! We look forward to welcoming you to the beautiful Northern Neck of Virginia!

If you can’t make it to the Festival, or you want to add to your oyster experience, you can relax, savor, and taste our medal-winning wines and Stuart Tyson’s gourmet seasonings on fresh Rappahannock oysters at our Dog and Oyster Vineyard!