2021 marks the 40th anniversary of the North Carolina Oyster Festival. Come celebrate everything Oyster with a variety of foods, crafts, contests, children's activities and musical performances at Mulberry Park in Shallotte. Signature Festival events include the Oyster Shucking Contest, Oyster Eating Contest, and Oyster Stew Cook-off. There will be plenty of oyster dishes to sample as well as food of all types. Bring a chair to sit back and enjoy live music featuring a variety of genres. Bands include Jim Quick & Coastline; Ace Party Band; Darrell Harwood; Gary Lowder & Smokin’ Hot; and Terry Douglas Band. Dancing is encouraged!