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OystoberFest returns to St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church in Ginter Park this Saturday

Enjoy fried, steamed, and raw oysters, along with brats, beer, wine, and live music throughout the day.

Trevor Dickerson



OystoberFest returns this weekend to historic Ginter Park. The benefit event, put on by St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church to support its outreach missions, features oysters, beer, brats, desserts, wine, bands, and a kids zone.

As far as oyster offerings, you’ll find them fried, steamed and raw, along with po’ boys with homemade remoulade. Brats and hot dogs round out the food offerings. New this year is a falafel pita for a vegetarian offering.

Wine, beer, cider and hard seltzer will be available. A day full of live music a Kids’ Zone, managed by the Northside YMCA “Y Teen” program, it will have moon-bounces, face painting and other activities (there is an all-day pass to purchase).

The festival is free to attend with a $2 donation suggested. Food, drinks, and the kids’ zone are charged separately.

All the events oyster shells will be collected by the Oyster Shell Recycling Program, run by the VCU Rice River Center. The shells will be used to help restore oyster bed habitats in Virginia waterways. Rice Rivers Center will be on hand to answers questions about their programs.

Attendees choosing to bike to the event will find a secure bike valet area and will earn the rider $2 in food or drink tickets.

It all takes place Saturday, October 15th from noon until 6:00 PM. The event is rain or shine. St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church is located at 3602 Hawthorne Avenue in the Ginter Park neighborhood of Northside.

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Trevor Dickerson is the Editor and Co-Founder of RVAHub.