The 34th annual Oyster Festival on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 14 and 15, on the waterfront at Theodore Roosevelt Park, Oyster Bay, is from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. Free admission. Oyster Festival is alcohol-free and pet-free (service animals welcome). There will be a 50/50 raffle; purchase tickets for $10 each. More than 200,000 people are expected to attend the festival over the course of the weekend.
Take the free shuttle buses into the village or taking the LIRR. The train stop is conveniently located at the entrance to the festival. Limited handicapped parking will be available and handicapped shuttle buses are available. Information hotline: 516-628-1625. Redeem your LIRR pass for three raw oysters or a ride down the giant slide.
The Long Island Rail Road serves as a major Oyster Festival sponsor. Redeem your LIRR pass for three raw oysters or a ride down the giant slide. Long Island Railroad train service drops you off right in the festival, with expanded service from the Port Jefferson and Oyster Bay branches.
Oyster Bay Branch
Park & Ride at: East Williston, Albertson, Roslyn, Greenvale, Glen Head, Sea Cliff, Glen Street, Glen Cove or Locust Valley
• Eastbound service (goes to the festival). See the MTA Special Schedule for the Oyster Bay Line Oct. 14 and 15.
• Westbound service (returning from the festival) is available with departures approximately every hour.
Port Jefferson Branch
Park & Ride at: Port Jefferson, Stony Brook, St. James, Smithtown, Kings Park, Northport, Greenlawn, Huntington or Cold Spring Harbor
• Passengers on the Port Jefferson line can take the LIRR to the Syosset station where they will be greeted with free shuttle buses to take them to the festival. Check the LIRR time schedule for specific departure times from your station.
• Eastbound service (returning from the festival) from the Syosset station is available with departures throughout the day.
For details on specific train times at all Oyster Bay and Port Jefferson stations, consult the Special Oyster Bay Branch timetable and the Weekend Port Jefferson timetable, or go to www.mta.info/lirr/getaways/LongIsland/OysterFestival.htm.
Take advantage of free parking and free shuttle bus service, as parking in the village of Oyster Bay is very limited. Park in officially designated parking lots for free shuttle bus service to the festival (listed below).
Festival organizers suggest using any of the five free satellite parking lots with free shuttle bus service into the festival listed below.
Shuttle buses run from 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m.-6:30p.m. Sunday. Shuttle buses run from 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Sunday
Free parking and free shuttle bus service available from:
• Syosset Train Station (no parking permits required) – Syosset (Oyster Bay Road — also known as Jackson Avenue) and Underhill Boulevard, one mile North of Jericho Turnpike (Route 25)
• Vernon School – Rt. 106 in East Norwich
• Mill Max Mfg Parking Lot – Rt. 106 in Oyster Bay*
• Oyster Bay Jewish Center – Berry Hill Rd.
• The Equestrian Center – Rte. 106 between Rte. 25A and Muttontown Rd.
Neighborhood Bus Stops And Handicap Bus Stops
• Oyster Bay Boys and Girls Club, Berry Hill Road
• St. Dominic’s Church (church area)
• High school parking lot area
• Spring and West Main (only handicapped bus) – Handicap parking area
When you arrive in Oyster Bay Harbor call ahead to OB Marine Center 516-624-2400 = VHF 71 or Sagamore Yacht Club 516-922-0555 = VHF 78A and reserve mooring or for further assistance.