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LIRR Adds Trains, Discounted Tickets for 34th Annual Oyster Festival

 34th Annual Oyster Festival
34th Annual Oyster Festival

Oyster Bay Village will once again host the East Coast’s largest waterfront fete on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 14-15, and the Long Island Rail Road wants to help you be one of the more than 200,000 people to enjoy the fun.

The festival at Theodore Roosevelt Park in Oyster Bay Village -- going 34 years strong – boasts an abundance of oysters and seafood selections served up by a variety of locals, including firefighters, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, high school athletes, Rotary, Kiwanis and Lions clubs members. Watch the legendary oyster shucking and eating contests, get your fill of oyster po’ boy sandwiches, lobster dinners, scallops, crab cakes, fish tacos, brats, gyros, empanadas, steak sandwiches and an international array of desserts, shop the 150 arts and crafts tables, soak in the live entertainment, pirate shows, and more. Profits from food sales will help to support local charities within the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Central School District.

Additional details on the festival can be found at: theoysterfestival.org.

Revelers can avoid traffic and parking lines by taking one of the many trains the LIRR will be running to Oyster Bay Station that weekend – dropping festivalgoers off in the middle of the fairgrounds – including three extra eastbound and westbound trains to get there and back for the family-friendly event running from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. The LIRR has added the following trains to its regular weekend schedule to provide hourly service during peak festival travel times:

Eastbound

  • A 9:52 a.m. train from Jamaica Station arriving in Oyster Bay at 10:46 a.m.
  • An 11:52 a.m. train from Jamaica Station arriving in Oyster Bay at 12:46 p.m.
  • A 1:52 p.m. train from Jamaica due Oyster Bay at 2:46 p.m.

Westbound

  • A 1:19 p.m. train from Oyster Bay arriving at Jamaica at 2:13 p.m.
  • A 3:19 p.m. train from Oyster Bay arriving at Jamaica at 4:13 p.m.
  • A 7:19 p.m. train from Oyster Bay arriving at Jamaica at 8:13 p.m.

Coming from points east?

  • Take the Port Jefferson Branch to the Syosset station, where shuttle buses provided by the Festival will provide transportation to the fair grounds.

Visit http://web.mta.info/lirr/getaways/longisland/oysterfestival.htm for details on how to purchase discounted LIRR tickets to/from the Oyster Bay Station for the Oyster Festival!