February is Oyster Month in Atlanta. While folklore says you should only eat oysters in months that contain an “r”, it is safe to eat oysters all year long, but some months are better than others. Oysters have been a staple in the southern part of the country for years and Southerners eat them by the ton. February is the perfect month to honor the oysters and those who love to eat them with various parties and deals all over town all month long.

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Park Tavern Oysterfest

Date: February 11, 2012
Hours: 12 p.m. – Close
Price: $10 – $30

Kicking off the month of February’s first Oysterfest is the Park Tavern. Located at one of Atlanta’s most beautiful and accessible spots, Piedmont Park, Park Tavern will construct an 8,000 square foot heated tent, so that festivities will be in full swing, rain or shine. Rock the day and night away with local band “The Issues” and a host of other great musical acts. Oysterfest sounds like a typical rock and roll festival in a park until you add one key ingredient, oysters. According to Park Tavern owner, Paul Smith, the restaurant ships in 4,000 lbs of fresh oysters from Connecticut, Prince Edward Island and Texas. With gallons and gallons of beer to wash down all those oysters, the only thing event organizers worry about running out of is space. They advise you to get your tickets in advance and come early as it gets crowded. Around 6 p.m. the block dance party takes over with an 80s cover band that can’t be beat. If you come, they guarantee you will get your full and of course have a lot of fun.

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Steamhouse Lounge 29th Annual Oysterfest

Date: Feb 25th and 26th
Hours: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Price: Tickets required $20 for a two-day pass; $10 for Sunday-only

This is a block party that celebrates everything oysters. Live bands, drink specials and hanging out with your friends are the rules of the day at the Steamhouse Lounge. Yes, of course there are also oysters galore. The Steamhouse Lounge located in Midtown celebrates their biggest event of the year on February 25th and 26th. Get your tickets early as this event will sellout, especially on Saturday. Last year multiple bands played hour-long sets while partiers kept asking for more. Atlantan’s love oysters and an excuse to party, Oysterfest satisfies both of those desires. When you get thirsty, just ask the bartender for a Goombay Smash. It doesn’t matter if you like your oysters raw, fried, broiled or steamed, the Steamhouse Lounge will have you covered for Oysterfest 2012.

Where else do you plan to head for Oysterfest?

Rick Limpert is a freelance writer/photographer in Atlanta. His work can be found at Examiner.com.

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