Kickoff Reception for Arcata Oyster Festival

The 2017 Arcata Main Street Oyster Festival Kick-Off Reception is scheduled for May 18, 5:30-7:30, in the Plaza View Room (next to the Plaza Grill). Stay tuned for more details.


Arcata Main Street Oyster Festival is hosting our second-annual oyster fest kick-off reception Thursday, May 26, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, in Jacoby Storehouse's PLAZA VIEW ROOM - the north side of Plaza Grill.

Oyster farmers from Humboldt Bay will be shucking oysters on the half shell, along with non-oyster appetizers from Plaza Grill and a no-host bar. Marine Applied Research & Exploration (MARE), who supports healthy oceans, will present photos and video of their deep-sea research.

Oyster Fest poster designs from Humboldt State University’s 2016 Advanced Illustration students will be on display along with vintage Oyster Fest and Plaza artwork.

Proceeds from the event will be donated to the new Plaza Watershed Program founded by Arcata Main Street. $10 per person tickets are available at Arcata Main Street’s office at 761 8th St., and at the door. Non-oyster appetizers are included, and there will be a no-host bar.

Oysters will be donated, shucked and presented by Coast Seafood, Humboldt Bay Oyster Co., Aqua-Rodeo Farms, North Bay Shellfish and Hog Island Oyster Co.

Pacific Seafoods is our generous co-sponsor.

Arcata Main Street’s Plaza Watershed Program will be introduced, with information about our initial projects -  tree planting along Jolly Giant Creek, and helping keep our Plaza streets and storm drains clean.

“The magic of this event is the chance to meet the farmers and learn more about the benefits of shellfish farming in Humboldt Bay,” said Nancy Stephenson, event organizer.  Arcata Main Street has been cultivating local culture through Oyster Fest for over 25 years. The evening will focus on what makes Humboldt Bay unique, and how the Arcata Bay Oyster Festival became the largest one-day festival in Humboldt County. “I am also particularly excited to introduce the work of (MARE) Marine Applied Research & Exploration that collects information on deep-sea ecosystems using remote controlled robotic technology.”

Arcata Main Street’s Arcata Bay Oyster Festival will be on Saturday, June 18th, celebrating North Coast culture with chefs, merchants, volunteers, and guests reveling in award-winning oysters and other tasty non-oyster delicacies, local beverages, live local music, and art. Other highlights include Oyster Calling and Shuck-n-Swallow Contests, a larger OysterFest merchandise booth, Playhouse giant puppets, and kinetic sculptures traversing a new layout with an expanded Art Market, FLUPSY Zone for kids and adults, and much more. 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Local wines, beer, and hard cider will be poured from 11am until 4:30pm, along with a variety of non-alcoholic drinks. Plenty of off-site shuttles and parking throughout the day between both Arcata High and H.S.U., at 14th St.  No dogs, coolers, or glass bottles allowed in the festival.


2015 Kickoff Reception in the Plaza View Room

2015 Kickoff Reception in the Plaza View Room