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It's time for our annual roundup of the best in Connecticut dining,featuring both our readers' choices and our experts' picks in more than 30 cuisine categories, from American to vegetarian.

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Harney & Sons Tea Shop & Café a Delicious Day Trip (and Connecticut Story)

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Arts & Entertainment

Weekend Best: Memorial Day Parades, Robin Hood Fair, Mystic Seaport Salute to Summer …

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Style & Shopping

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Connecticut Home of Bob Avian of ‘Dreamgirls,’ ‘Miss Saigon,’ For Sale

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Vintage-Inspired Fashion Show May 9 at Connecticut Historical Society Marries Designs of Past and Present

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Health & Wellness

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History

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Norwalk Seaport Association 36th Annual Oyster Festival

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Sep 6, 2013 to Sep 8, 2013

This event occurs daily, every 1 day(s).

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Norwalk Seaport Association 36th Annual Oyster Festival

The 36th annual Norwalk Seaport Association Oyster Festival will once again welcome summer’s end.  The first weekend after Labor Day in September marks the annual celebration held in Norwalk, Connecticut.  Presenting sponsor for the third consecutive year is First County Bank.  This year’s event will run Friday, September 6 through Sunday, September 8.  The Festival offers a wide variety of activities the whole family will enjoy, including an Arts & Crafts Pavilion, the Kid’s Cove, with rides, games and child-centered entertainment, a food court with everything from Italian favorites to seafood.  And, not to be missed, the popular Oyster Slurping and Oyster Shucking contests.  New this year for the adults is the Craft Beer Tasting Tent with beer to sample and brewers to meet.

            The festival also offers continuous entertainment by local musicians and national acts.  One of many acts on the entertainment line-up, Friday night, the stage comes alive with the sounds of Max Creek bringing together generations of music lovers with their mix of rock, country, reggae, soul, and calypso.  On Saturday night, fans who missed the Village People last year due to inclement weather can catch their favorite band of neighborhood guys performing.   Sunday’s headliner will be a nightclub favorite, The Zoo, winner of MTV’s Ultimate Cover Band contest.

For the Kids

The Norwalk Seaport Association’s Oyster Festival offers entertainment choices for the kid in all of us.  Attractions include Pirates Coast Adventure where kids can meet real life pirates, look for booty in treasure hunts, hear storytelling and join in other fun-filled activities.  The Kids' Cove includes games, rides and entertainment in two circus tents, with circuses, as well as world-class jugglers, amazing magicians, daredevils and hilarious clowns and comedians as well as puppet parades.  Sunday is Family Day with a special presentation of “The Rejuvenary River Circus” by Arm-of-the-Sea Theater with special family and children’s packages for entrance, rides and meals.

For the Whole Family

Returning this year for an encore presentation, is the popular Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show featuring logrolling, axe throwing, tree climbing, dragster chain sawing and more.  Joining them on the schedule is Eastern Action Sports Team providing visitors with action-packed BMX shows.  For slower-paced enjoyment, the Arts and Crafts Pavilion hosts fine artists and crafters displaying creative and practical items that appeal to all tastes, budgets and ages. 

Other Highlights

At the Oyster Pavilion, learn about Norwalk’s oystering history while cheering for your favorite competitors at the slurping and shucking contests.  Something good is always cooking at the festival.  Taste-test some of the Festival’s culinary delights such as barbeque, oysters, mussels and clams, and other great food selections available at the Food Court.  This culinary fare is prepared by dozens of local nonprofit organizations allowing them to raise funds for their charitable causes.

The event is held at Veteran’s Park, adjacent to Norwalk Harbor on Seaview Avenue in Norwalk, CT.  Admission for adults is $10 on Friday, $12 on Saturday and Sunday.  Children 5-12 years old are $5.  U.S. military personnel on active duty are free.   All entertainment is included in ticket prices.  Tickets can be purchased at www.seaport.org.

About First County Bank

First County Bank, headquartered in Stamford, Conn. for more than 160 years, is an independent mutual community bank with 15 branches in Stamford, Greenwich, Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk and Westport offering deposit products, mortgages, trust and investment services, business banking services and online banking. First County Bank has more than 220 employees and assets in excess of $1.3 billion. For additional information, please visit www.firstcountybank.com.

About the Norwalk Seaport Association

The Norwalk Seaport Association was founded in 1978 as a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation, education and public awareness of Norwalk’s maritime environment and heritage.  The Seaport Association and its volunteers are solely responsible for organizing and financing the Oyster Festival.  In addition to the Oyster Festival, the Norwalk Seaport Association owns Sheffield Lighthouse and its volunteers maintain the lighthouse and grounds as a museum and nature preserve.  The organization also offers harbor cruises, special events, maritime education programs and habitat restoration projects with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  For more information, visit www.seaport.org. or call (203) 838-9444.

Cost $12 Adults, $5 Children
Location

Norwalk Veteran Park
Seaview Avenue
Norwalk, CT
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Additional Information
SponsorNorwalk Seaport Association
Phone203-838-9444
Contact nameOffice
Contact emailinfo@seaport.org
Websitehttp://www.seaport.org

We make every effort to ensure the accuracy of this information. However, you should always call ahead to confirm dates, times, location, and other information.

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