Frequently Asked Questions

When is the Seafood Festival?
The Seafood Festival is always the last weekend in August. The 2016 dates are:
Saturday, August 27th – 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sunday, August 28th – 10:00 am – 7:00 pm

Where is the festival held?
The festival is held on the grounds of the Long Island Maritime Museum located at 88 West Avenue in West Sayville, NY 11796. There is NO public parking on the festival grounds.

What is the entry fee and what is included?
The entry fee includes free off-site parking, shuttle buses to and from the festival and all entertainment.
General Admission (Tickets purchased at the gate): $10.00 per person
Children younger than 12: Free

Advance Tickets Available for a discounted rate Online: $8.00 per person 
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Do you accept credit cards at the gate?
No, the Seafood Festival is a cash only affair.

Can I park on-site?
No. Due to space limitations, only handicap and limited vendor parking with proper credentials will be available on site. Furthermore, heavy congestion is predicted for much of South Sayville and the surrounding areas so take advantage of our free parking and shuttle buses and avoid delays!

Where can I park?
We have secured a parking lot for you to park and take our free shuttle directly to and from the festival.
Click here for parking and directions.
You can also take the LIRR to the Sayville station and hop on our free shuttle from the station to and from the Festival. For those taking the LIRR, Shuttles will run to and from the Sayville Station based on the train schedule.

What type of entertainment is included?
We have several notable acts performing on our main stage.
Click here for the performance schedule. The cost of the entertainment is included in the festival admission price.

Can I reserve seats for any of the shows?
No, all entertainment is included with your admission. Main stage performances are standing room only and space is on a first-come, first-served basis.

What else is there to do at the festival?
EAT! We’ll have plenty of food and drink options for Seafood lovers and landlubbers alike.

Take a sail on the museum's 1888 Oyster Sloop Priscilla, a National Historic Landmark.

Sponsor Exhibits
Our amazing sponsors will be on hand to offer exciting product demonstrations and useful information.

Arts & Crafts Fair
Oodles of creative and practical items that appeal to all tastes and budgets will be on hand from artisans throughout the east coast.

Children’s Entertainment & Games
We will have face painting, sand art designing and other fun activities for the little ones.

Do I need ID to purchase alcoholic beverages?
Yes, purchase and consumption of alcoholic beverages requires valid photo identification.

Can I bring my own food and drink?
No, outside food and beverages will not be allowed into the event.

Can I bring a cooler?
No, coolers, bottles, cans, or any outside food will not be allowed into the event.

Can I bring my pet?
No. Dogs or other pets are not allowed on the festival property or into the event.

Any suggestions for Festival attendees?
The Seafood Festival is an outdoor event which occurs during what is typically a very warm weekend on Long Island. We have several shaded and protected areas however, those attending should be prepared for warm weather and are reminded that staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water is key. The site is a park and comfortable shoes are recommended Be prepared to have fun!

Where do the Festival proceeds go?
The Seafood Festival is the Long Island Maritime Museum’s premier annual fundraiser. The museum, a 501-C-3 not-for profit, relies on proceeds from our annual fundraisers to allow us to continue our mission of educating the public on Long Island’s rich maritime history.

How can I become a festival exhibitor or sponsor?
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or vendor please contact the Seafood Festival Producer, Kathleen Prokesch at  631.664.1159 or email her directly at

How do I get a press pass?
Media representatives should contact Kathleen Prokesch at
at least one week prior to the event.