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What are the Festival dates?

The first weekend of May is always Festival weekend!

In 2023, festival dates are the evening of Friday, May 5 and all day Saturday, May 6.

What about kids?

Children aged 16 and under have free entry when accompanied by a paying adult. Children aged three and under can travel free on ticketed coach services and the local shuttle bus is free for everyone.

Where can I park?

Festival parking is in Barker Parade, at the Field Street end. Consider leaving the car at home and catching the shuttle bus, or a coach if you are coming from north or south of Narooma.

Where can I stay?

There is high demand for accommodation in Narooma for three nights over the festival weekend. We recommend festival partner Whale Coast Realty for all your accommodation needs. Festival accommodation sponsors Apollo Holiday Units, Amooran Oceanside, The Farnboro, Horizon Holiday Apartments, and Easts Holiday Parks are also happy to assist you. There will be a shuttle bus in operation around the township.

More accommodation is available a little further afield at places like Batemans Bay, Tilba, Bodalla and Moruya and coach services will travel from Batemans Bay.

Is there public transport to the Festival?

A free festival shuttle bus around Narooma will run on Friday evening and all day Saturday. Chartered services will operate from Pambula, Merimbula, Bega, Bermagui, Cobargo and Bateman’s Bay on Saturday.

What other foods will be available?

We’ve been known to eat 70,000 fresh and cooked oysters in one festival, but we also ensure other quality foods are available. There will be 30 to 50 food and beverage market stallholders selling a range of wonderful dishes including vegetarian, meat, seafood and dairy options.


Guide dogs are most welcome, but animals and pets are not permitted.

Can I use my my NSW Parents and Stay Vouchers?

Please check current information at Services NSW.

Stay NSW Vouchers can be used at participating accommodation providers before October 9.

Stallholder & musician enquiries

Stallholders interested in attending the festival on May 5 & 6, 2023 can submit a simple Expression of Interest now. Please see information for stallholders to find out more about the festival.

Can I busk?

We’d love to hear from you! We have a special area for buskers that is always popular. Please submit an Expression of Interest to receive more information in the lead up to the festival.

How can I keep track of my tickets?

At checkout you can choose to add the Festival to your calendar, this will include a link to your tickets, keeping them nice and handy. Your tickets and invoice will also be emailed to you at the time of purchase and will come from

You will also receive a reminder email on the day of the event with a link to your tickets.


The festival site is at Quota Park, Narooma on the shores of Wagonga Inlet. The flat grounds are a combination of well maintained lawn and bitumen road. Marquees have a variety of grass or hard floors. Assisted parking will be available close to the front gate for those with a Mobility Parking Pass. An accessible toilet is located in the amenities block at the southern end of Quota Park, however this does not include an adult change station.

If you are planning to visit us and would like more information please email, we would love to hear from you.

Where can I buy tickets?

Tickets will be available from our website in early 2023. Subscribe to our newsletter to be among the first to know when sale dates are set.

Will tickets be available at the gate?

Depending on sales and capacity, tickets may be available at the gates, however we urge you to pre-purchase tickets to avoid disappointment.

Is the festival Covid Safe?

The festival and our stallholders are legally required to comply with any government regulations. Check the current NSW Government advice here. Please note festival events are cashless to reduce handling, stallholders may accept cash at their discretion.

How do I enter the festival?

The main entrance is located on the northern side of Quota Park on Riverside Drive. There is a secondary, smaller entrance at the southern end of the festival for pedestrian traffic, there is little parking available here and it will fill quickly. A site map and parking information will be published prior to the festival on the program page. When you get to the gate, please have your printed ticket(s) ready for our treasured volunteers to scan.

Will there be a bar?

There will be a festival bar in operation during festival hours and premium experiences include matched beer, wine and champagne. There is NO BYO.  The Narooma Oyster Festival takes the responsible service of alcohol seriously and is bound by the NSW Liquor Act 2007. You won’t miss a thing if you pace yourself and drink responsibly, drink plenty of water and take advantage of buses and shuttle to get home. More information can be found at

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