Seafood Festival hits West Sayville this weekend: Here’s what you need to know


Now that you’ve caught your breath from Sayville Summerfest, here comes the famous Long Island Maritime Museum Seafood Festival in West Sayville.

Featuring fresh and delicious local seafood, live music, craft vendors and plenty of fun family activities, the 27th annual Seafood Festival is this weekend, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 24 and 25.

Here’s what you need to know before you go:

What’s on the menu? A seemingly endless supply of shellfish. Blue Island Oysters and Claws Seafood Market — both based in West Sayville — will be shucking and serving throughout the event, offering up oysters, clams, fried shrimp, lobster rolls and other tasty treats from the sea. And not to worry landlubbers, plenty of food trucks will be on hand offering other options.

Where is the Long Island Maritime Museum? On 14 acres of property overlooking the Great South Bay — 88 West Ave. in West Sayville.

How much does it cost? Tickets purchased at the event are $10. Click here to buy them in advance for $9. Kids under 12 get in for free. Credit cards are not accepted at the gate.

Where can you park? Other than handicap and limited parking for vendors, there is NO PARKING at the event site. Free parking and shuttle buses are available at the Baymen Soccer Field, located at the corner of Cherry Avenue and Tariff Street in West Sayville. Shuttles will also run to and from Sayville’s Long Island Rail Road train station, based on the train schedule.

What kind of music will be playing? Rock, country, blues and tribute bands will be playing throughout both days.

What can the kids do? The festival will provide face painting, sand art and pirate performers.

Here’s what you can’t bring to the festival? Your dog (or any other pet), coolers and outside food.

There’s a beer tent! And you guessed it, it’s sponsored by Blue Point Brewing Co.