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Halifax Oyster Festival VIPearl Weekend Experience

Downtown Halifax
9 hours
$260.83 CAD Per Person
Oct 4-5

About This Experience

For the true lover of all things bivalve or the person who just wants to take their time, we give you one ticket to access to ALL THREE OYSTER FEST SESSIONS! 

Get exclusive access to the VIP tent with everything that goes along with it: Private shucking demos, VIP only bar, washroom, food & drink samples and get in 45 minutes early!!

Celebrating its 5th year in 2019, the internationally recognized Halifax Oyster Festival presents an all-you-can sample raw bar over the course of three tasting sessions each fall on the Halifax waterfront. The festival highlights the best in Nova Scotia and Maritime oyster culture and farming.

Hosting 2,500 attendees, Halifax Oyster Festival offers an unique experience to meet and learn from the oyster farmer and their families, learning about the waters and history around local oysters. With 20+ individual farms, as well as Nova Scotian wine, beer, spirit and cider and the Nova Scotia Shucking Championship, the festival works to support local businesses while promoting Nova Scotian food and drink communities.

What is Provided

All-you-can sample oyster bar
Nova Scotian wine, beer, spirit and cider
Nova Scotia Shucking Championship

FOOD AND DRINK ON SITE: Oysters at the festival are unlimited. Other food and drink items are available too. Try a traditional east coast lobster roll, chowder or one of our non-seafood sliders. Pair it with a NS Spirit Co. product at our full service bar. These additional items can be purchased on site with food/drink tickets. Items run 5-10 tickets each. Ticket costs $1.

Things you should know

AccessibilityWe are happy to offer a festival experience that is inclusive and accessible for all.
Daily Availability:Friday - Saturday
Meetup LocationSalter Block parking lot, corner of Salter Street + Lower Water Street
HoursFri, Oct 4, 7pm-10pm // Sat, Oct 5, 12pm-3pm + 7pm-10pm
Ticket TipPre-purchase in packs of 20 when you buy your festival pass to skip the lines. Individual tickets available on site.
WeatherEnd of September, early October is the start of the oyster season, when the water temperature drops and the oysters fatten up. This also means the festival can be held on the warmest night of the fall or the stormiest. The festival takes place rain or shine, so if it rains, grab you sou-wester and rubber boots and prepare for a REAL Maritime night!
DressThe dress code is MARITIME—Think LLBean Signature mixed with a little Frenchy's thrown in. The event happens rain or shine so we recommend getting cozy in your favourite fisherman's sweater, big scarf and wellies. But don't forget your pearls.
Top 10 in 2019Halifax Oyster Festival is one of the TOP 10 REASONS TO VISIT HALIFAX IN 2019 - this is one SHELL of an event!
PassesPlease note that when you purchase this experience you will be emailed 3 separate VIPearl EXPERIENCE PASSES for each of the tasting sessions
Cancellation Policy

No refunds.


No outside food or drink on site. Water bottles are allowed to be used at the Halifax Water refillable water station. Participating farmers are subject to change, see for the most up to date line-up. No smoking, vaping or cannabis on site. The closest designated smoking area is across the street, 70m south of the intersection of Lower Water St and Salter St. Children under the age of 19 can attend the Saturday afternoon session only, accompanied by an adult. Friday and Saturday evening 19+. Re-entry to the festival during your session is allowed but you need to have a wristband in order to re-enter. Ticket issues can be directed to Amateur shucking competitions are on Friday night and Saturday afternoon tasting sessions. The top shuckers will compete during the Saturday evening tasting session. If you would like to apply as a competitor you can sign up here. NOTE: Virgin/very novice shuckers are not allowed to compete, you must have a working knowledge of how to safely open an oyster. If you want to participate in shucking school you can sign up here.

$260.83 CAD Per Person
Downtown Halifax
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