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 our Native American and colonial heritage, the traditions of the watermen and the oyster industry, and the preservation of the Chesapeake Bay.  

The Thursday before the Festival, November 2nd, is Oyster Festival Education Day, presented 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.  The waterfront will be open to the public during the festival on Friday and Saturday, November 3 & 4.

At the Town Docks:  
The Lynx
Claud Somers

Thanks to the Marine Science Legacy Program through the Sponsorship of Chesapeake Bay Oyster Company, Christchurch School and Oyster Co. Of Va./Oysters For Life.

In addition to the fun, hands-on, family friendly exhibits, Arts in the Middle will sponsor a fun take-home, arts-related activity for children of all ages.  Three different sailboat kits will be available for purchase.  Children can build, decorate, and sail their new sailboats in a small pond.

The dinghy dock is available for use during the festival.