Not Here But Near: Norwalk’s Oyster Festival This Weekend!
Don’t forget to swing by Veteran’s Park on Seaview Avenue in Norwalk this weekend. It’s the 35th Norwalk Seaport Association Oyster Festival with food and fun for the whole family.
Try the Pirates Coast Adventure where kids can meet real life pirates, look for booty in treasure hunts, hear storytelling and join in other fun-filled activities. The Kids' Cove includes games, rides and entertainment including Animal Adventures with Nick Jacintio and The Seaport Magical Circus. In addition to all the other heart-pounding activities planned for the weekend, things are kept lively with an action-packed performance by Marvel Super Heroes. Sunday is Family Day with special family and children’s packages for entrance, rides and meals.
I’ve taken my own kids for the last several years. The rides and games keep them occupied until they get hungry. Fortunately, there is plenty to choose from. And even better, the culinary fare is prepared by dozens of local nonprofit organizations allowing them to raise funds for their charitable causes.
If nothing else, it’s a great place to introduce the kiddies to shellfish. At the Oyster Pavilion, they can learn about Norwalk’s oystering history while cheering for your favorites at the slurping and shucking contests.
Not fond of oysters? No worries! There is a range of different foods for them to try. From soups and salads to Philly cheese steaks and pizza to clam chowder and lobster rolls, they’ve got it all!
After you’ve had your fill, try these on for size. Two new shows this year are the Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show and Fast Action Motorsports Entertainment. To see some fierce competition, stop by the Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show for some logrolling, axe throwing, crosscut sawing, quick chainsaw carving and wood chopping. For the thrill-seekers, Fast Action Motorsports Entertainment is the attraction to see – those brave of heart will want to try out the racetrack and racecar simulators. For slower-paced enjoyment, the Arts and Crafts Pavilion hosts dozens of fine artists and crafters displaying creative and practical items that appeal to all tastes, budgets and ages.
And if you’re exhausted from all of the food and activities, hang out and listen to some cool tunes. Visitors can also rock to the sounds of the well-loved group, Village People on Saturday, and keep to the beat with singing sensation Lou Gramm, formerly of Foreigner, on Sunday along with dozens of other regional and local bands.
But don’t forget the bug spray if you’re heading over in the evening. Last year, my kids nearly got eaten alive. Situated right on the Norwalk Harbor, the bugs are sometimes hard to avoid.
The Norwalk Seaport Association sponsors the event every year. It was founded in 1978 as a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation, education and public awareness of Norwalk’s maritime environment and heritage.
The festival runs from Friday, September 7th through Sunday September 9th. Admission is $5 per person on Friday and $12 on Saturday and Sunday. Seniors are $10 with kids five to 12 years old at $5. Active military are free with I.D. For more information or to download their event flyer, visit www.seaport.org.