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ROBERT MILLS HISTORIC HOUSE AND GARDENS • 1616 BLANDING ST. COLUMBIA, SC 29201
Tickets $6 in advance or $10 at the Founders FCU gates the day of the festival
As always, we feature steamed oysters for sale by the bucket provided by Pearlz Oyster Bar Columbia. Oyster shooters, fried oysters, and oyster gumbo will also be available for purchase inside the festival.
Ready for some Shucking?
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 23rd 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.
A: $6 advance, $10 gate Children 16 & under free. (Ticket price does not include food and beverages)
Q: Ya'll got beer and wine?
A: Man do we. Our beverage sponsors will offer a wide menu of adult beverage selections.
Q: Does the admission price include oysters?
A: Unfortunately, no. The high cost of oysters and the low cost of a ticket just don't match.
Q: How much are oysters?
A: PEARLZ Oyster bar will be selling buckets of steamed oysters for $12. 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.
Q: Do I need my own oyster knife?
A: If you have one, bring it! If you don't there will be tools available for you to purchase.
Q: What does my admission cost cover?
A: Entry to the historic grounds, fabulous live music on 2 stages all day, access to dozens of arts, crafts, and business vendors, as well as discounted historic house museum tours!
Q: Can I bring blankets and lawn chairs?
A: Yes, guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and strollers!
Q: Can I bring a cooler?
A: No, but not to worry, there are plenty of food & beverage vendors with all tastes in mind.
Q: Can I bring my pet?
A: Sorry, no pets are allowed. Just think how happy they will be to see you when you get home!
Q: What if it rains?
A: This is a rain or shine event.
Q: Can I take pictures during the festival?
A: YES! Take all the pictures you'd like... we encourage you to share them on social media and tag them #scoysterfest. We'll be looking for you!
Q: What should I bring?
A: Cash, an ID, chairs, blankets, oyster knives and a great attitude.
Q: What should I leave at home?
A: Pets, guns, food, drinks, fireworks, lame family members, and drama.
Q: Can I leave and come back in?
A: We can make arrangements for you if you need to leave and return later.
Q: Were do I park?
A: 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 St or Pickens St.
Q: What if I don't eat oysters?
A: 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.
Q: Is this a family friendly festival?
A: Yes indeed. We have a special children's area with face painting and amusements available at nominal fees.
Q: I would like to tour the historic homes?
A: Great - Historic Columbia will offer discounted $2 tours from 2:00 - 4:00.