2019 Baton Rouge Oyster Festival: What to Know

We're celebrating the oyster in Downtown Baton Rouge.

The 2nd annual Baton Rouge Oyster Fest will be happening Saturday May 18th in downtown! It will be from 2-11 PM at Galvez Plaza and is free and open to the public.

Fried, Chargrilled, Rockefeller, Bienville (if you fancy), Raw (if you nasty) - however you like your oysters, let's do that.

Spend a few days in historic downtown Baton Rouge celebrating the mother of mollusks - the oyster. Oysters take center stage this weekend - we'll be shucking, cooking, and eating dozens of the briny, meaty little mothershuckers.


Oysters, Oysters, Oysters!


You better not eat for days leading up to the Baton Rouge Oyster Festival. It’s a collection of the best seafood restaurants the city has to offer. Who could ask for anything more? Bars and food at 2 PM.

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Jam and enjoy!

There will be lots of bands jamming out this Saturday at the fest. Make sure to check out the schedule to see when your favorites are playing.


Toad the Wet Sprocket


Soul Rebels Brass Band

Adam Dale

J & The Causeways

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World Oyster Eating Contest

An Oyster Eating Competition will be held at the festival as well. The competition will be sponsored by Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Lt. Governor Speech. 

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Oyster Shucking Competition

Oyster Shucker’s transcend the lore of Louisiana food culture!  Shucking oysters is truly an art. The festival will also celebrate the incredible talents of these Oystermen who share their skills at oyster bars throughout the city with this competition. Whole will take home the winning title? 

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Oyster Cook-Off

The festival winds down with an Oyster Cook-Off highlighting delicious dishes celebrating the almighty oyster. The winner will be announced at 6 PM.

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Be a VIP at the Oyster Fest

One VIP ticket includes:

* Exclusive front stage viewing to Toad The Wet Sprocket, The Soul Rebels Brass Band, Meriwether, J & The Causeways, & food competitions

* Tented areas with cooling fans

* 4 drink tickets

* 2 food tickets

* Private bathroom

* Private cash bars

* Access to after party (details coming soon)

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