Connecticut’s Seafood Festivals 2016 Last Updated 9/16

New England is known for mouthwateringly fresh seafood, and Connecticut is right in the heart of it. Late summer and early fall bring annual seafood festivals and events to towns statewide, not just along the shoreline. Here are a few of the largest.

Milford Oyster Festival, Milford

August 20, 2016 
The Milford Oyster Festival not only features 19 varieties of oysters, but this year their headliners will be Blue Oyster Cult and The Marshall Tucker Band. One of Connecticut’s summer highlights, the festival offers a treat for seafood lovers, families and music fans too.


New England Clambake, Middlefield

August 27, 2016 
The old-fashioned New England tradition continues at Lyman Orchards, with clam chowder, steamed clams and mussel, lobster and all the fixings.


Norwalk Oyster Festival, Norwalk

September 10-11, 2016
Held at Veteran's Park on scenic Norwalk Harbor. Music, amusement rides, arts and crafts, food court, demonstrations, harbor tours, an oyster pavilion and much more.


Chester Lobster Festival, Chester 

September 10, 2016
Get your fill of lobster, steak, live music and much more at this annual festival in Chester.


New England Chowdafest, Westport

October 2, 2016
Grab a spoon, ballot and pencil, and sample chowders and soups from 40 award-winning restaurants. This popular and delicious fundraiser supports causes in the fight against hunger.


Mystic Seaport Chowder Days

October 8-10, 2016
Visit Mystic Seaport Columbus Day Weekend for all kids of chowders, bisques, and other seafood favorites. Special event activities include live music, horse and carriage rides, games, a scarecrow activity, face painting, and arts and crafts in the Children’s Museum.