Call it an orgy of oyster eating. A bonanza of beer. Call it anything you want, but get your butt to the financial district for The Stone Street Oyster Festival.
This annual shindig takes place outside of beloved downtown bar Ulysses. On their charming, cobbled street you'll find a crowd of up to 5,000 chowing down on over 20,000 shellfish. The scale of the event brings up an important question: who has to shuck all those suckers? If you care to fashion a medal out of an empty oyster shell, be sure to give it to that brave soul.
Brew and oysters are actually a traditional pair. Pub owners in old England use to wade into the river and gather up some tasty morsels. They oysters were a great snack for their patrons, especially because of the low overhead expenses (wading didn't cost very much those days). At the Stone Street Fest, the oysters promise to be better than the ones plucked from The Thames. Some delicious Blue Points to be precise.
The party starts at 11AM and lasts all day, with some oyster-eating music beginning at 3. You can get more information on Ulysses' website. Call yourself exited.