The Oyster Festival Waterfront at the Urbanna Town Marina Since its days as a crucial colonial port, Urbanna's waterfront has always been an essential part of the town's life. In its recent past, its docks were filled with Chesapeake buy boats and deadrises as watermen bought and sold oysters and crabs that they had harvested.
At the Urbanna Town Marina at Upton's Point, the Oyster Festival Waterfront will showcase the area's varied history and emphasize the heritage and conservation of the bay with boats and exhibits. Visitors can dance to music from the concert stage throughout the weekend, board traditional vessels, and learn about the traditions of the watermen and the oyster industry, and the preservation of the Chesapeake Bay.
The Thursday before the Festival, October 31st in cooperation with the Marine Science Legacy Program, when the waterfront is closed to the general public so that area schools have the opportunity to visit the exhibits and attend special programs. The waterfront will be open to the public during the festival on Friday and Saturday, November 1 & 2.
At the Town Docks:
F.D. Crockett, Deltaville Maritime Museum.
Propwash (formerly Agnes Sterling), Dumfries, VA.
Peggy, Mathews Maritime Foundation
Nellie Crockett, Georgetown, MD
Explorer, Deltaville Maritime Museum
Pyxis, Oyster Company of Virginia
For the Children: Model boat building and sailing by Seaworthy Small Ships.
Featured Education Day Programs: Buyboats – Hauling the Bay's Harvest
F.D. Crockett from the Deltaville Maritime Museum, Peggy from the Mathews
Maritime Foundation, Pyxis from the Oyster Company of Virginia
Marine Science Legacy Program Exhibitors
Education Day and Festival:
Yorktown Watermen's Museum Captain John Smith National Historic Trail
Christchurch School Chesapeake Bay Governor's School
Ready Reef, Inc. Tidewater Oyster Gardener's Association
Oyster Company of Virginia VA Tech. College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Education Day only:
Virginia Gamefish Tagging Program
Tidewater Soil, Water and Natural Resources Conservation District
Shores & Ruark / Middlesex Museum
USCG Auxiliary, Flotilla 62
Friends of the Rappahannock
Middlesex Elementary School
Virginia Marine Resources Commission – Fisheries Management Division
Additional Festival Exhibitors on Friday and Saturday:
The Mariner's Museum Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Reedville Fishermen's Museum
The dinghy dock is available for use during the festival. No water taxis will be running.