Always the last weekend of August, the Long Island Seafood Festival will take place this year on Saturday and Sunday, August 27th-28th. This year, the festival turns 25 as it’s held on the grounds of the Long Island Maritime Museum in West Sayville. Everywhere you look, there will be vendors, live music, arts & crafts, games, and all the fresh seafood that you could ever dream of. Bring your friends, bring your family, bring anyone you know and head on out to the Long Island Seafood Festival the last weekend in August.
What to Expect at the Long Island Seafood Festival
The event runs all day from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on both dates. General admission tickets can be purchased at the gate and will cost $10.00 per person. Kids under 12 get in free! If you buy tickets online ahead of time, they are only $8.00 and can be purchased here. Every vendor, food, and drink stand is cash only, so leave those credit cards at home.
Also, keep in mind that there is no on-site parking for the entire event. In fact, it’s nearly impossible. The whole town is usually in gridlock and the only lot available is several miles away, so you would need to take a shuttle. We suggest finding alternate transportation for the day.
The event proceeds go to funding the Long Island Maritime Museum as they continue their mission of showcasing Long Island’s storied nautical history.
All Kinds of Fun Activities
The Long Island Seafood Festival is perfect for all age groups. There’s activities, games, vendors, and more.
Check out some of the best local country, rock, and tribute bands like Mountain Jam Orchestra, Sir Cadian Rhythm, and That 70’s Band.
There’s plenty of eclectic vendors where you can get anything from homemade jewelry to airbrushed tattoos. For kids and families, they have pony rides, live pirate shows, arts & crafts, and games galore.
One of the coolest things you can do at the festival is set sail and take a ride on the museum’s historic Oyster Sloop Priscilla. The vessel which dates all the way back to 1888 has even been marked as a National Historic Landmark.
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry
Among all the other seafood options and sponsors, the festival’s two biggest contributors are the Blue Island Oyster Company and Claws Seafood Market. They’re what gives the festival its name and purpose.
Blue Island supplies the world’s only Genuine Blue Point Oysters straight from their farm in the Great South Bay. Claws has risen to local fame due to their unsurpassable crabs and loaded lobster rolls. Aside from these two restaurants providing their tasty goods, there are tons of other local delicious eateries that contribute to the event.
After all that salty seafood, you’re inevitably going to need a good beverage to wash it down with. For these purposes, two other sponsors for the event are Sweetwater Brewing Company and Manhattan Beer Distributors. Besides those, there will also be plenty of other non-alcoholic beverage options on hand.
The Long Island Seafood Festival remains as one of the area’s most sacred yearly events. Whether you’re an annual attendee or have never been, you should make it your duty to stop by and check out this year’s festivities.