On Saturday, August 19th, Milford’s most spectacular event of the season is here! From 10AM until 6PM, you can find live music, food vendors + a wine garden. See the lineup below!
Preferred parking is $10 and will be on a first-come, first serve basis, so get your spots early. No coolers or backpacks will be allowed in, and please leave your furry friends at home as well. Visit milfordoysterfestival.com for more information. Admission is free!
The Milford Oyster Festival is an annual event in Milford, Connecticut, known as “Oysterfest.” It has become a popular food and music festival in the New England area since its inception in 1975. Originally lasting two days, it now spans a single day and is organized by the Annual Milford Oyster Festival, Inc. (AMOF), a non-profit run by volunteers. The festival is sponsored by local and national businesses, government entities, and non-profits.
Aside from the delicious food, attendees can enjoy diverse activities such as oyster shucking, amusement rides, arts and crafts, and sports. Each year, the festival features musical performances, with past headliners including Blackberry Smoke, Gin Blossoms, and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts. Drawing in numerous tourists, the Milford Oyster Festival consistently ranks among Connecticut’s top events, holding cultural significance for both residents and visitors. Its picturesque location near Long Island Sound adds to its appeal, providing a scenic backdrop for this culinary celebration.
Headliner: Lou Gramm
Lou Gramm, one of the greatest singers in rock music, will be the main stage headliner at this year’s Milford Oyster Festival on August 19, 2023.
Lou Gramm is one of the founding members of Foreigner and is known for his unique vocals. Foreigner had 16 Billboard Top 40 Hits and is one of Billboard’s Top 100 Artists of All Time in hit songs history.
Jay Pinto, President of The Milford Oyster Festival, said “Lou Gramm is a legend. Hearing all his hit songs on the Main Stage is going to make for a very special Festival. We look forward to seeing you there.”
Gramm was the lead vocalist on all of Foreigner’s hit songs, including “Feels Like the First Time”, “Cold as Ice”, “Long, Long Way from Home”, “Hot Blooded”, “Double Vision”, “Blue Morning, Blue Day”, “Head Games”, “Dirty White Boy”, “Urgent”, “Juke Box Hero”, “Break It Up” and “Say You Will”. He co-wrote most of the songs for the band, which achieved two of its biggest hits with the ballads “Waiting for a Girl Like You”, which spent ten weeks at #2 on the 1981-82 American Hot 100, and “I Want to Know What Love Is”, which was a #1 hit internationally (US & UK) in 1985. Their first 8 singles cracked the Billboard Top 20,(4 went Top 10) making them the first group since the Beatles to achieve this in 1980.
About the Milford Oyster Festival: The Milford Oyster Festival will have 30,000 oysters! All oysters harvested in Milford waters by Briarpatch Enterprises, Inc. Try the sweet taste of Milford oysters and enjoy them with a craft beer or premium wine.