1521 Lower Water Street
(Salter Block parking lot,
corner of Salter Street +
Lower Water Street)
Halifax, Nova Scotia

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A Briny Pass ticket includes festival entrance and approximately 32 oysters. A VIPearl Pass includes festival entrance, 32 oysters and access to the VIP Tent where private shucking, bar and extra appetizers will be served.



Oysters are included with a festival pass ticket but other food items and drinks are available to purchase on site. We try to keep each menu cost to under $10 for items such as chowder, lobster rolls and cooked oyster po’boys. Nova Scotia sparkling wine, beer, RTDs, cocktails and non-alchoholic beverages will be available to purchase. While we try to mitigate lineups, sometimes everyone wants a chowder all at once so we recommend pre-purchasing food and drink tickets ahead of time. If you wish to wait until the menu is published, you can make a separate food and drink ticket purchase closer to the event time. Pre-purchased food and drink tickets can be redeemed when entering the festival. Ticket sellers will be walking around and there will be a food and drink ticket booth onsite if more tickets are needed 😉



The main gate for the event is located on Lower Water Street to the north of the Waterfront Warehouse. Note this is a new location for the festival in 2022. This is also where our on-site box office and information booth is located. You can ask questions, buy day-of tickets for the event (while quantities last) and is also where you will be scanned in for the event. There is a secondary egress gate from the Salt Yard, on the boardwalk side. 

Gates open up to general ticket holders as the session begins. Guests are invited to line up at the gate so we can get you pre-scanned in and ready for shucking! We invite general ticket holders to arrive at the gates around 20-15 minutes before your session begins. There is no need to arrive any earlier. We will try to pre-scan and get people in the gates pretty quickly! 

There is an expedited entry line for exclusive use by VIPearl ticket holders. VIPearl ticket holders are allowed entry to the event 45 minutes before anyone else. 

If you have a VIPearl ticket, please arrive 45 minutes before the session begins to take advantage of this perk! 

Inside the festival grounds you will be able to purchase drink/food tickets to use on site. Please note that these line ups can get long. We encourage you to pre-purchase drink tickets in advance when you buy your ticket. You can add these to your order at checkout and they will be given to you when we scan you in to the event.




The festival does not provide any parking for festival attendees. There are no sanctioned parking lots for public use that are associated with the festival. There are pay-and display lots nearby along the waterfront or the Indigo parking garage around the block. Parking can be an issue in the immediate vicinity so we recommend leaving a bit early if you are choosing to drive.



There are many buses that go along Barrington that would be convenient to take to the event.  Depending on where you are departing from, the 61, 1, 9A, 81, 41 and 7 would all drop you off just a few short blocks from the festival site. Check Halifax Transit (https://www.halifax.ca/transportation/halifax-transit) for more details



Living in a harbour city offers us the unique opportunity to travel by boat! The Alderney and Woodside ferries from Dartmouth drop you off at the Halifax Ferry Terminal which is about a 5 minute walk from the festival site. Check Halifax Transit (https://www.halifax.ca/transportation/halifax-transit) for more details on ferry service and schedule. 



We are happy to partner with Cycle Halifax to bring you the Bike Valet again this year! Just ride your bike to the site and park it for free with the bike valet!



End of September is the start of the oyster season, when the water temperature drops and the oysters fatten up. This also means the festival can be held on the warmest night of the fall or the stormiest. The festival takes place rain or shine, so if it rains, grab you sou-wester and rubber boots and prepare for a REAL Maritime night!



Halifax Oyster Festival is a welcoming food and culture event! As a festival guest, you have a role in making this an accepting and inclusive environment for your fellow oyster lovers! All Coast hosted events have a zero-tolerance policy for harassment of discrimination of any kind. If you see something happening that shouldn’t be happening, please inform a festival staff member or volunteer. If you feel unsafe at any moment, please tell someone. There are festival volunteers and staff on site who are here to help you. Any individuals found in violation of our anti-oppression and zero-tolerance policy for harassment or discrimination may be removed from the festival grounds with no refund.

It should go without saying, but be kind to those around you, including those shucking and serving you oysters, don’t bite the hand that feeds you! We are all here to celebrate what makes us unique in Atlantic Canada and sharing in a world class seafood product, we look forward to spending a shucking-good time with you all!



We are happy to offer a festival experience that is inclusive and accessible for all. All aspects of the festival are on level ground and can be enjoyed by all ability levels

There is a space near the stage for wheelchair accessibly viewing of the Nova Scotia Shucking Competition, if you require assistance or space for equipment to make your festival experience more comfortable please let us know beforehand to we can accommodate your needs. We also have a seated area outside the tent where those needing to take a break can sit and eat some prepared food on site with friends and family. There are accessible, gender neutral, washrooms on site. We are proud to present a festival with zero barriers for you to enjoy! If you have difficulty navigating the festival, please let us know of your experience so we can make the event better in the future. You can contact us at events@thecoast.ca.



The majority of the oysters for consumption are the product of aquaculture, or more specifically, mariculture. But unlike many farmed fish, these shellfish have very little negative impact on their surrounding environment. The farming of oysters requires no chemical treatment and therefore farming practices are not harmful to the surrounding water or environment. 

More than this though, oysters actually CLEAN THE OCEAN! Oysters are filter feeders, consuming phytoplankton (free-swimming algae) and improving water quality while they filter their food from the water. As generations of oysters settle on top of each other and grow, they form reefs that provide structured habitat for many sea species. A mature oyster can filter up to 50 gallons of water per day.

At the festival, we do our best to commit to a zero waste (or little waste) experience

Where possible we have made decisions to provide you with choices that help keep our oceans clean and allow oysters to grow and flourish in Atlantic Canada and around the world for years to come. Oyster shells are actually great for gardens and even great for the ocean. The shells left over from our festival are collected in compost receptacles on site. We work with local partners, gardeners, artists and more to distribute these shells after the event is over. If you would like to use some of the shells in your own garden, let us know and we can organize a collection opportunity.

We use compostable cups and napkins so please use the labeled compost bins on site to dispose of these as well. Pay attention to the labels on all waste receptacles to make sure you are using the correct bin for the correct item. Lowering our environmental footprint has been part of the story of Halifax Oyster Festival since the beginning. We are committed to bringing you as sustainable experience as possible but we need your help as well!



The dress code is MARITIME.

Think LLBean Signature mixed with a little Frenchy's thrown in. The event happens rain or shine so we recommend getting cozy in your favourite fisherman's sweater, big scarf and wellies. But don't forget your pearls.



No outside food or drink on site. Water bottles are allowed to be used at the Halifax Water refillable water station.

Participating farmers are subject to change, see oysterfest.ca for the most up to date line-up. 

No smoking, vaping or cannabis on site.

Children under the age of 19 can attend the full Saturday afternoon session, accompanied by an adult. Friday and Saturday evenings are 19+. Children over 12 must purchase a ticket. 

Re-entry to the festival during your session is allowed but you need to have a wristband in order to re-enter.

Ticket issues can be directed to tickethalifax@thecoast.ca

Amateur shucking competitions are on Friday night and Saturday afternoon tasting sessions.. The top shuckers will compete during the Saturday evening tasting session. 

If you would like to apply as a competitor you can sign up here. NOTE: Virgin/very novice shuckers are not allowed to compete, you must have a working knowledge of how to safely open an oyster. 



You can reach the team behind Halifax Oyster Festival in care of The Coast, 2309 Maynard Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, B3K3T8. Phone 902-422-6278, events@thecoast.ca.



Volunteers help at all Oyster Fest sessions. If you want to explore food service, see how a big event runs or just be part of something awesome, get involved by filling out this handy form.