What's Happening at the
2016 Oyster Festival?
Main Stage / Hampton Preston Mansion:
12:00 – 12:45pm – Bull Moose Party
1:15 – 2:00pm – Dave Britt
2:30 – 3:30pm – Reggie Sullivan
4:00 – 5:00pm – Blue Pickups
Side Stage / Robert Mills House
12:00pm – ACX Twisters Dance Team
1:00 – 2:00pm – Chris Compton
2:30 – 3:30pm – The Prairie Willows
4:00 – 5:00pm – Tough Mama
Steamed oysters will be for sale by the bucket and brought to you by
PEARLZ Oyster Bar.
You’ll also be able to enjoy oyster shooters, fried oysters, and oyster gumbo! All of these delicious dishes will be available for purchase once inside the festival. If oysters are not your thing, choose from several other food vendors and ice cold beer for sale.
Bring your chairs, your blankets, your oyster knives, and your appetite!
Arts & Crafts
Arts and Crafts vendors will be on hand displaying their unique creations.
This will be a great time to get that one of a kind gift for someone special!
Children, under the age of 12, are admitted FREE! There is a nominal fee to enjoy the amusements and games.
A great, fun filled day for the entire family!
Columbia, SC's largest outdoor oyster roast featuring steamed oysters for sell by the bucket brought to you by PEARLZ Oyster Bar. Also enjoy oyster shooters, fried oysters, and oyster gumbo for purchase once inside the festival.
If oysters are not your thing, choose from several other food vendors and ice cold beer for sale. Bring your chairs, blankets, oyster knives, and appetite to the 21st annual event. Enjoy the historic grounds of two of Columbia's most beautiful house museums.
Admission fee includes entry to the grounds and live music all day on 2 stages. Arts and Crafts vendors will be on hand displaying their creations. Children under 12 are admitted free and can pay a nominal fee to enjoy amusements and games making for great day for the family. Don't miss our wine garden and reduced rates on museum home tours.
Admission price does NOT include Oysters.
Tickets are ONLY $5 in advance and $10 the day of the festival. Children 12 and under are free. Tickets include admission to festival featuring two stages of live entertainment all day and access to the grounds of Columbia's premier historic house museums. Arts and Craft vendors will be on hand displaying their talents and creations.
Does the admission price include oysters?
Unfortunately the high cost of oysters and the low cost of a ticket just dont match.
How much are oysters?
PEARLZ Oyster Bar will be selling buckets of steamed oysters for $10. Other vendors will sell oysters prepared in various ways at different price points. Oyster prices fluctuate from week to week and our vendors have to price based on costs the week of the festival.
What should I bring?
Cash, an ID, chairs, blankets, oyster knives and a great attitude.
What should I leave at home?
Pets, guns, food, drinks, fireworks, lame family members, and drama.
Can I leave and come back in?
We can make arrangements for you if you need to leave and return later.
I purchased a groupon / living social / on-line ticket. Where do I redeem my voucher?
SImply print your voucher and present at the gate for admission.
Where do I park?
There is ample parking in the blocks surrounding Robert Mills House and Hampton-Preston Mansion. We will have golf cart shuttles patrolling the area. Entry is on Blanding Street from Henderson Street or Pickens Street.
What if I dont eat oysters?
Well, you should try them. But if you have and don't like them, we have SEVERAL other food vendors with delicious choices available for purchase.
Is this a family friendly festival?
Yes indeed. We have a special childrens area with face painting and amusements available at nominal fees.
I would like to tour the historic homes?
Great - Historic Columbia will offer discounted $2 tours from 2:00 - 4:00.
Ya'll got beer and wine?
Man do we. Budweiser of Columbia and Rex Goliath wines are our featured beverage sponsors and will offer a wide menu of adult beverage selections.