OYSTER ROAST: Everything you need to know!

It’s going to be quite the event! This year’s tickets to the Oyster Roast sold out in record time — if you missed that window, and you’d like to be put on our waiting list for tickets, please call our Washington office at 252-946-7211.

Meanwhile, here’s everything you need to know about Oyster Roast 2022!

Note: We have made some slight changes to the layout of the event this year. Please see the ticket-holders and the silent auction sections below!


On the grounds of the Washington Civic Center, 108 Gladden St., Washington.


5 p.m. VIP section opens

6 p.m. Oyster Roast opens for all other ticket-holders

7 p.m. Live music starts

8:30 p.m. Silent auction closes


VIP ticket-holders

Check in is at the VIP tables set up outside at 5 p.m. Pick up your Sound Rivers tote bag, oyster knife and Sound Rivers wine tumbler! Pairing wines will be served by Mary of Wine & Words & Gourmet, who will be set up at a table nearby.

All other ticket-holders

Check in starts at 6 p.m. and is being held in a different place this year — in the Civic Center meeting room! There will be a clearly marked entrance to the meeting room on the parking-lot side of the Civic Center; the line will extend from this entrance, down the walkway toward West Second Street. Entry will NOT be in the gallery of the Civic Center — that’s where we’ll have silent auction items on display! Ticket-holders will check in and receive their wrist bands in the meeting room, then grab their complimentary cup and coozy at a table just outside the meeting room door, in the gallery. Check in, take a stroll through the auction, then head outside to eat oysters under the stars!

Chili and Chowder

Ground beef chili, vegetarian chili and seafood chowder, along with rice and condiments, will be available inside the Civic Center at the back of the ballroom.

Butter and Cocktail Sauce

Melted butter and cocktail sauce for oyster-dipping will be available outside, right next to the tables.


Sodas and water will be located at a TBD location. But we will have them!

Beer will be located on the grounds, just outside the gallery entrance to the Civic Center (between the parking lot and the oyster tables. Beer is being donated by Tarboro Brewing Company, Duck Rabbit and Two Rivers Alehouse (Thank you!). 

Live Music

Adam Decker Trio starts at 7 p.m. in the ballroom. This trio rocked the house at our last Oyster Roast, and we’re glad to have them back!

Silent Auction

This year’s auction is VIRTUAL (as we have held it for the past two years!). On Oyster Roast night, we will have auction items on display in the gallery of the Civic Center (NOT upstairs, where they have traditionally been displayed). Visit the auction site, register and bid HERE. Bidding is now OPEN and will continue until  8:30 p.m. on the night of the Oyster Roast, Nov. 12.

If you think you might bid on silent auction items, but first want to see them in person at the Oyster Roast, we recommend registering to bid before the day of the event. Just follow the link to register HERE.

At the Oyster Roast, each auction item will have a QR code that will link to that item on the auction website. All you have to do is open the camera on your smartphone, allow the camera to focus on the QR code, then touch the link that appears on the screen — that will take you right to the item on the auction website. OR you can download the Auctria mobile app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.

For the more tech-savvy, the auction site has a cool feature: you can bid, get notifications on whether you’ve been outbid, and more, through texts. Learn how HERE.


No worries — we have you covered! If you do not have a smartphone, we will have a couple of laptops available at the Oyster Roast for your use. We will also have staff and volunteers on hand who can walk you through the process of bidding via smartphone and QR code. Please register to bid before the Oyster Roast and, on the night of the event, make sure you have the password you created when registering OR have the access code you received via email from the auction site when you registered.

**We want to make sure everyone has a safe and happy Oyster Roast this year. If you are not feeling well or have been exposed to someone with COVID, please consider staying home. If you are concerned about the number of people attending this year’s Oyster Roast, please feel free to mask up!