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Arcata Main Street is excited to confirm that the 32nd Arcata Bay Oyster Festival is happening June 23-25, 2022. After two years in a virtual or modified format, we are ready to announce a return of many favorite Oyster Festival elements. While it’s smaller than it has been in the past, and designed with resiliency and flexibility in mind, Oyster Festival: Unleashed will showcase  oysters, locally made food and beverages, and music filling the air!

This years’ event is a three day celebration of aquaculture, local beverages, and culinary artistry in Humboldt County!

Best Oysters? Yes! Local chefs are now being invited to sign up for the prestigious Best Oyster Contest. Chefs will bring their best oysters Thursday, June 23 to the Inn at 2nd & C in Eureka and to Septentrio Winery in Arcata. Categories for 2022 will be: Best Cold Oyster, Best Hot Oyster, Most Creative, and the Dave Griswald Award for Best Overall Oyster.

Friday, June 24 will feature an evening Kick-off Event under the Big Top Tent in the Creamery Field in Arcata with oysters, beverages, presentations, an expo of local and regional food products and the announcements of the winners from the Best Oyster Contest. Admission is $20 for this event.

Saturday, June 25 will feature a full day of music, food vendors, beer, wine, and local artists from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in a fun festival at the Creamery Field, just a few blocks from downtown Arcata. Saturday Admission is $15 (includes a cup). Kids under 12 are free. Popular community contests will return, and all will be live-streamed via the Arcata Main Street YouTube channel.

As Arcata Main Street’s largest fundraiser, Oyster Festival helps us fulfill our mission to promote a vibrant downtown Arcata for our businesses and community. We hope you will join us!

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