New Hampshire OysterFest
On the 2nd Saturday of every August Newmarket’s revamped Downtown transforms into a vibrant festival that’s all about live music, craft beer, great local products… and Great Bay oysters.
-Lamprey Healthcare 5k Race
-Live Music on two stages: Main St Bandstand and Waterfront at Schanda Park
-Oyster Tent + Beer Garden: Waterfront at Schanda Park
-FIREWORKS! over the Lamprey River @ Dusk
Saturday, August 11, 2012. Events and Music all day, from 8:00 am to 11:00 pm. Rain or Shine.
Main Street + Water Street, Newmarket, NH
(Accessible from Rt. 4 through Durham or Rt. 33 from Exeter)
Free Parking in the Municipal lot adjacent to the Public Library, 1 Elm Street, Newmarket, NH
Located about twenty minutes from Portsmouth, Newmarket is an old mill town situated on the Lamprey River, a tributary of the Great Bay. Refreshingly, even defiantly, down-to-earth it is both well-grounded and artsy in an appealingly unpretentious way. The Olde Home Day and Oyster Festival is a toast to Newmarket’s roots and rejuvenation of its Downtown Village and Waterfront.
The Nature Conservancy of New Hampshire is leading local efforts, along with partners at the University of New Hampshire, Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership and others, to restore native oyster populations in the Great Bay Estuary. Oysters are not only good to eat, they provide important benefits to the estuary for filtering pollutants and creating habitat for fish. We have lost more than 90% of our oysters but efforts to rebuild local reefs, one acre at a time using recycled shell, are helping to turn the tide!
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