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42nd Annual Oyster Festival kicks off Saturday

(Norwalk Seaport Association)

Updated, 6:20 p.m. Friday: Oyster Festival has been cancelled for Friday and is expected to open Saturday.

NORWALK, Conn. – Get ready for some music, crafts, circus acts, magic shows, games, rides and, of course – food that includes an international food court AND oysters fresh off the boat.

Hosted by the Norwalk Seaport Association, they Oysterfest is back again this weekend: Saturday, Sept. 7 (11 a.m. – 11 p.m.) and Sunday, Sept. 8 (11 a.m. – 8 p.m.)

(Norwalk Seaport Association)

“Our mission has always been to preserve and share our maritime heritage, to help with the environment of Long Island Sound, and to have children experience our 151-year-old Lighthouse and Light Keepers Cottage. The funds raised from the Norwalk Oyster Festival helps us accomplish our mission,” said Mike Reilly, President of the Seaport Association.

The festival was expected to open Friday.

“Ah oh… because Mother Nature isn’t cooperating we are NOT opening the festival tonight, Friday, September 6th,” the Seaport Association states on its website. “We always have the comfort and safety of our loyal Festival Guests in mind! The #NorwalkOysterFestival will be open Saturday, Sept. 7 from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. and Sunday, September 8 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and we are expecting fantastic weather!”

On Saturday, bands include Ripchord, the Official Band of the Connecticut National Guard; rock and country band Alex Shillo and headliner Mike DelGuidice and BigShot, who has taken the night off from touring with Billy Joel. Sunday bands include The Commanders, with Big Band era music; and Jimmy Kenny and the Pirate Beach Band, singing the best of Jimmy Buffet and other tropical classics. The grand finale begins at 5 p.m. with Brian Howe, former lead singer of Bad Company from 1986-1994.

(Norwalk Seaport Association)

In addition to the music, the Seaport Circus Spectacular will include national acts from Circus Circus in Las Vegas and star performers from Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus.

The perennial favorites will all be there: Kid’s Cove, the fairgrounds, and more than 100 vendors in the Arts & Crafts. The International Food Court and the Seaport Tent, and the craft beer tent will also be part of the festivities.

The OysterFest is held at Veteran’s Park, adjacent to Norwalk Harbor on Seaview Avenue in Norwalk, CT. For those that want to take the train, Metro North is offering a discount package with free shuttle service from the train station to the Oyster Festival. Free parking and shuttle service available from Calf Pasture Beach and Norwalk City Hall. Ample parking right over the bridge in the Maritime Parking Garage and other lots.

Admission for adults is $10 on Friday, $12 on Saturday and Sunday. Senior tickets are $10 all days. Children 5-12 year’s old are $5. Children under 5 and U.S. military personnel on active duty are free. Tickets can be purchased online at www.seaport.org.

(Norwalk Seaport Association)

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