Tofino Oyster Festival

A delicious and fun weekend event centering around the start of the oyster harvest!

Festival Dates: -
Location: Tofino, British Columbia

A whole weekend dedicated to the shucking and slurping of the prolific oyster.

For over 20 years dating back to 1997, the oyster fest was a tradition in Tofino, and now it has returned!

This event is a great time for Tofitians and visitors of Tofino to step out of their shell and have some fun at evening galas and parties, while tasting delicious seafood harvested from the local Clayoquot Sound.

The third week of November is the beginning of the oyster harvest in this area, and it is said to be that's when the oysters are the plumpest. 

In the daytime, festival-goers are invited to tours of the oyster harvest areas, and can visit the many local food venues.

We've got a great story, which shares interesting info about the thriving oyster harvest area and more about the event. Click here to read it.

Event schedule

Three days of oyster celebrations run over the Nov 24 - 26 weekend.

Nov 24  Mermaid's Ball
licensed event 19+ only
doors Fri, 7pm
Tofino Community Hall
351 Arnett Road

Celebrate the kickoff to Oyster Fest with a costume ball featuring live music and live shucking!

Nov 25  Oyster Festival Gala
licensed event 19+ only
doors Sat, 7pm
Tofino Community Hall
351 Arnett Road

Swing to the sounds of Blue Moon Marquee Band, sip bubbly and swill osyters, raw and cooked, at this classy affair.

Nov 26  Shucker's Showdown
Family event, all ages welcome
doors Sun, 4pm
Tofino Community Hall
351 Arnett Road

Watch world champion shuckers go head to head! Fancy taking a "stab"? Enter the amateur category!

Photo by Jeremy Koreski/courtesy Clayoquot Oyster Festival

For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit the official festival website.

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