First Annual Rockaway Oyster and Music Festival

The premier New York Irish film and music event, the Craic Festival, will expand into the Rockaways for the first time this year. The first annual Rockaway Oyster and Music Fest, presented by Stella Artois, will take place on September 19th for one night only. As a neighborhood with heavily Irish roots, the community could not be more thrilled to be hosting this celebration of food, music, and culture.

Attendees from Arverne By The Sea can expect to enjoy Irish bands performing live, including Brothers Yee, the Narrowbacks, JahStix Band, and the Lost Tribe of Donegal. Local foodies will be well aware that the Rockaway Oyster Festival is a part of New York Oyster Week, and are eagerly awaiting the delicious gourmet delicacies that will be served at the Empire Oysters raw bar during the event. As the co-founder of NYOW and OysterHood, Master Mermmelier Kevin Joseph will be at the helm. The palette can certainly expect great things from his tastings, happening at the beer and oyster tent (116th Street lot) between 2pm and 7:30pm.

Held in NYC since 1999, this year Craic Fest producer Terence Mulligan says that the strong Irish connection and the enthusiasm with which locals embrace this annual festival are the main reasons they have decided to branch out and bring the enjoyment a little closer to home here in the Rockaways. This is the perfect way to celebrate the final days of summer while spending time with friends and family. The Billion Oyster Project and Harbor School are even onboard with the festivities, collecting the shells to be reused for the reef.


General admission tickets are available for this event ($20). VIP tickets were already sold out at the time of writing. Guests will be able to order beer and oysters on the day at festive prices.

More Information

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