Connecticut’s Seafood Festivals 2017 Last Updated 7/17

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 19, 2017
The festival has one of the largest variety of oysters at any festival in the country. Entertainment this year includes Blackberry Smoke in a free performance on Saturday. Also performing is Artimus Pyle and DizzyFish on the Main Stage. In Lisman Landing on Friday ($5 cover) and on Saturday, see classic Stones live featuring The Glimmer Twins.


New England Clambake Middlefield

August 27, 2017
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 8-10, 2017
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 9, 2017
Get your fill of lobster, steak, live music and much more at this annual festival in Chester.


Mystic River Oyster Festival 

September 30, 2017
With live music and fun for the entire family, the museum opens its grounds to growers, restaurants, educational and advocacy organizations, and others with an interest in the cultivation, conservation, heritage, or cooking of oysters.


New England Chowdafest, Westport

October 1, 2017
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 7-9, 2017
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.