DC on the Half Shell

DC on the Half Shell header with 2019 logo

5:30-9:00 p.m.
Dock 5 at Union Market   (Map)
1309 5th Street, NE
Washington, District of Columbia 20002

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Please join us to celebrate the Chesapeake Bay and its beloved oyster at DC on the Half Shell. This one-of-a-kind event is a unique experience featuring local Chesapeake Bay watermen and their oysters. Enjoy music, gourmet cuisine, cocktails, and the company of the region’s top philanthropists, legislative decision makers, and corporate and community leaders.

Together we will raise vital funds for CBF's education and restoration efforts. With your support, we will put nearly three million oysters on sanctuary reefs.

CBF is proud to honor Kaiser Permanente with the 2019 Conservationist of the Year Award for their commitment to environmental stewardship and their success in making healthy communities a reality. 

Sponsorship opportunities are currently available. Download our sponsor packet or contact Taryn at tdwan@cbf.org or call 443-482-2111 for more information.

2018 Event Recap

What a night! Our 3rd Annual DC on the Half Shell was a smashing success. Thank you to our generous sponsors, host Committee, honorary committee, event co-chairs Wendy and Larry Culp and Kay and David Kaufman, as well as all our guests for your support. More than 600 guests joined us to celebrate the Chesapeake Bay and honor Washington College and Virginia Wesleyan University for their extraordinary leadership and commitment to educating the next generation of Chesapeake Bay leaders. Check below to see photos from the event.

The 2018 DC on the Half Shell raised more than $500,000 of vital funding that will help restore and protect our Chesapeake Bay and its rivers and streams. Thanks to your support, this year CBF will:

  • Plant 30 million juvenile oysters on sanctuary reefs in Maryland and Virginia—once mature, each will filter up to 50 gallons of water a day!
  • Inspire over 35,000 students and teachers through CBF’s award-winning environmental education programs.
  • Advocate for science-based management of the Bay's fisheries, including oysters, menhaden, and blue crabs.
  • Plant more than 20,000 trees across the watershed.

All 11,200 oyster shells shucked at the event were brought back to CBF's Maryland Oyster Restoration Center to be used on sanctuary reefs in the Bay.

The health of the Chesapeake Bay's oyster population is critical for a restored Bay. In an exciting effort with a broad array of partners, CBF has set a collective goal of 10 billion new oysters in the Bay by 2025. Learn more about the Chesapeake Oyster Alliance.


2018 DC on the Half Shell Photo Album

DC on the Half Shell 2018

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