Harbor Activities

Come and enjoy the Milford Oyster Festival Harbor Activities

(See Festival Map)

  • Saturday events kick-off at 8:30 a.m. with our annual Canoe & Kayak Race.
  • The East Coast Shellfish Growers are back with 35,000 oysters served raw, grilled and fried – now in two locations: 
  • Fowler Field Food Court and Milford Lisman Landing Harbor Stage areas.
  • Cruise Long Island Sound on the tall ship Soundwaters. Cruises are available Thursday and Friday evening and throughout the day Saturday,
  • The ever popular Oyster Eating Competition and Oyster Shucking Contest are scheduled for the Oyster Stage on Saturday afternoon.


Annual Milford Oyster Festival Canoe and Kayak Race

canoeraceCompete or just come and watch experienced and novice canoe and kayak racers compete for the Mayor’s Cup at the Canoe and Kayak Race located at the East Side Boat Ramp behind Milford Library.

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Tall Ship Schooner Cruises

soundwatersThe Annual Milford Oyster Festival, in conjunction with SoundWaters, invites you to enjoy a schooner cruise during the Festival weekend. For an unforgettable experience, come aboard the schooner SoundWaters and experience the thrill of sailing in Long Island Sound. Enjoy 90 minute daytime cruises as well as two-hour sunset set cruises, all of which depart at the Milford Boat Ramp, behind Milford Library

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ecsgabooth smlBrought to you by the East Coast Growers Association and the Annual Milford Oyster Festival, there are now two locations for enjoying 35,000 of the best oysters and clams available on the East Coast.

Featured will be several varieties of oysters from Virginia to Maine representing the most prominent oyster growers on the east coast. From salty to sweet, eat one or eat a coupla' dozen. Many of the growers will be at the Festival with their oysters so you can ask them how they do it and why their oysters are the best.


Visit our two locations:

Fowler Field Food Court behind the Milford Library (Saturday only)
Milford Lisman Landing at the Harbor Stage and Festival Car Show (Friday night at Oyster Eve and all day Saturday)

Oyster Eating Competitions

oystereatingThe invitation-only oyster-eating competition brings some of Milford’s famous and not-so-famous to the Oyster Stage to test their skills in downing a dozen oysters in record time.

Location:  Oyster Stage next to the Oyster Tent, behind the Milford Library

Time:  2:00 p.m.


Oyster Shucking Contest

The oyster shucking contest at this year's Milford Oyster Festival is shaping up to be a battle of the giants. Some of the world's fastest oyster shuckers will be there and the premier oyster houses of America will be competing for the title of "Greatest Shucking Oyster House".

The competition will be in three heats at 10:30 a.m. & 12:00 p.m. & 1:30 p.m using international rules. The contestants are timed shucking 24 oysters. The oysters are judged for shucking time, oyster presentation on the plate, and for how cleanly they have been opened. Competitors are rewarded for presentation and their scores docked for poorly shucked oysters. The judges are all oyster experts. Winners will be announced immediately after the Oyster Eating Competition. This year the cash prizes are $1000 for first place, $500 for second and $250 for third.


Sponsored by
Jeff Merriam's Key Hyundai

42nd Annual Milford Oyster Festival

Saturday, August 20, 2016
10am - 6pm

Free Admission

Oyster Eve 2014

A pre-festival tradition!

Friday, August 19, 2016
6:00pm - 10:00pm

Lisman Landing and Downtown Shops

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