Autumn and winter in South Carolina welcome steaming buckets of oysters and camaraderie with friends – the perfect remedy for chilly weather along the Carolina coast. With oyster roasting season upon us, we’ve compiled a list for 5 of the best annual oyster roasts in Charleston.
5 of the Best Annual Oyster Roasts in Charleston, SC
1. Charleston Habitat for Humanity Oyster Roast | November
Charleston Habitat’s 5th Annual Oyster Roast will be held on Sunday, November 5, 2023, from 1 pm-5 pm at Freehouse Brewery (2895 Pringle St B, North Charleston). Live music by Two 3 Ways. All proceeds benefit Charleston Habitat for Humanity’s mission to provide affordable housing to deserving families in the Lowcountry.
General Admission Tickets $60. Children 6 and under are free with a paying adult. Tickets for children ages. Tickets include all-you-can-eat oysters, BBQ, and 2 drink tickets (beer or soda). Additional drink tickets will be available for purchase.
2. The Drayton Hall Oyster Roast | December
Drayton Hall hosts one of the most popular oyster roasts in Charleston. This event is sure to sell out so get your tickets early. The Drayton Hall Oyster Roast will be on December 3, 2023, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Come early and tour the exhibits. All-you-can-eat oysters, a chili bar, and beverages are available. Pets and coolers are not permitted at this outdoor event.
3. The Lowcountry Oyster Festival at Boone Hall | January
With 80,000 pounds of oysters, The Lowcountry Oyster Festival at Boone Hall is the largest oyster festival in the world. It’s also one of the most anticipated social gatherings in Charleston. There are oyster shucking and oyster eating contests, live music, wine and beer, and a “food court” showcasing cuisine from local Charleston restaurants.
4. Oysters on the Point | December, January, February, & March
This popular monthly series of oyster roasts is held each winter at the beautiful Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina in Mount Pleasant. Oysters on the Point offers locally steamed oysters, live music, a Bloody Mary bar, and a wide selection of craft beer from local microbreweries.
5. Bowens Island Restaurant
If you are searching for the best-kept secret in Charleston, look no further than Bowens Island Restaurant. This restaurant is a local favorite, and visitors may enjoy oysters from the Carolina coast year-round. They are open Tuesday through Saturday from 5:00 to 9:30 p.m. We recommend arriving early to watch the spectacular sunset over the marsh. Bowens Island is also the perfect location to host your own oyster roast! Whether you are planning your next family gathering, an outing with friends, or a rehearsal dinner, it’s an excellent choice for any occasion.
Where to Eat Oysters in Charleston, SC
When you and your crew are looking for some savory goodness check out these popular restaurants for oysters in Charleston SC.
115 Calhoun Street
Yummy Oysters Delaney with caviar, cream, and champagne is a house favorite. Don't miss the seasonally dressed oysters with prickly pear
698 King Street
Our #1 favorite oyster dish in Charleston is the char-grilled oysters with lemon, parsley, butter, and parmesan cheese. If you don't fancy oysters try the fried oyster roll with avocado, comeback sauce, and chives. The fried chicken and sides are also super tasty.
513 King Street
Happy hour from 4-7 pm means $1 oysters! Wash down your plate of bivalves with a delicious craft cocktail!
193 King Street
A great selection of oysters from different regions, sizes, and salinity levels. Clams, shrimp, and oyster platters are available in sampler sizes too!
Oyster Roasts on Kiawah Island
Seabrook Island and Kiawah Island visitors and residents may attend the weekly oyster roasts at Mingo Point on Kiawah Island! It's a Lowcountry celebration not to be missed.
The Mingo Point at Kiawah oyster roasts take place on summer Mondays and certain fall dates. Check the current schedule here.
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