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Oyster Roast

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Saturday, November 13, 2021

Time: 3-6 pm (Museum closing at 2 pm)

The award-winning 2021 “Green Event of the Year” is THE event for oyster and seafood lovers on the Peninsula. All-you-can-eat so come hungry!

Come out of your shell to support conservation education! 

New this year an exclusive “pod” option! Purchase a pod for your group of 6 or 8, and enjoy the festivities in your uniquely reserved space. Purchase your individual or pod ticket today as quantities are limited this year. Oyster and seafood lovers, do not wait! 

The Oyster Roast Festivities include:

  • All you can eat fresh Virginia oysters, fried seafood, chowder, a decadent assortment of desserts, craft beers, wine, and bar, a 2021 commemorative pint glass, two complimentary beverage tickets, and 1 VLM admission ticket for future use ($20 value; no expiration date).
  •  No guest will leave hungry!
  • Distance naturally in the spacious outdoor Conservation Garden and grounds.

All proceeds benefit the Museum’s Conservation, education, and animal welfare programs.


Individual Tickets: $65 (price increases to $75 on Monday. November 8, 2021).

Pod Tickets: Sold Out! A pod of 6 is $600 and a pod of 8 is $800. Price includes a uniquely reserved space/table seating. Pod quantities are limited. Pod tickets include admission to the event, additional drink tickets, and Museum admission passes.

Ages: 21+ only

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*Tickets are non-refundable

*Tickets are non-refundable

Food and Drink

Food provided by Phillips Energy and Sam Rust Seafood. Sip on a glass or two of wine from Breakthru Beverage, beer from M. Price Distributing Company, or try St. George’s Brewing Co. Oyster Stout. Food provided by Phillips Energy and Sam Rust Seafood. Desserts are provided by Culinary Institute of Virginia students led by Chef Charles Delargy. 


  • Live Music by Phil Poteat and Colonial DJs
  • Live appearances from Museum Animal Ambassadors!


Virginia Green logoThe VLM Oyster Roast is an official Green Festival.  As guests enjoy fresh Virginia oysters, over 38 bushels of shells (approximately 3,000 pounds) will be collected during the event. These shells will be shipped to the VCU Rice Rivers Center in Richmond, VA and will age in storage for nearly a year before being placed in seeding tanks. After seeding, baby oysters will attach to the shells. Each shell may contain 10-15 spat, which would result in approximately 300,000 oysters being returned to the Chesapeake Bay. Due to this and other environmentally responsible efforts, the VLM’s annual Oyster Roast has been certified as a Virginia Green event.


A mystery raffle will be hosted by the following companies:

  • Club Pilates
  • Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum
  • Rappahannock Oyster Co.
  • Anne Companion Photography
  • Norfolk Admirals
  • Escape Room Virginia Beach
  • The Destruction Room
  • Rover Cruises
  • Go Ape!

*** The event is held rain or shine. Tickets are nonrefundable

*** Tickets are limited this year to ensure the safety of our guests and to make the experience enjoyable

*** 21+ event  



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For sponsorship opportunities contact Sarah Wilson at 757-534-7481.