DC on the Half Shell

24 DCHS Hero


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


We are proudly honoring Senator Ben Cardin with the Clean Water Legacy Award.


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DC's biggest night for the Bay is back, and you're invited!

At the 2024 DC on the Half Shell, guests will spend the night listening to live music, enjoying gourmet cuisine, sampling local oysters, and most importantly, celebrating the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Clean Water Legacy Award recipient.

On March 18, 600+ of the region's top philanthropists, legislative decision makers, and community leaders will join us as we recognize Senator Ben Cardin with the Clean Water Legacy Award. Together we will celebrate his extraordinary efforts to restore and protect the Chesapeake Bay.

Not only is this a celebration of the honoree but a celebration of the Bay’s most critical natural filter: the oyster. CBF invites oyster farmers from across the Chesapeake to serve an assortment of the finest (and sustainable!) oysters the Bay and its rivers have to offer. In addition to our oyster stations, we offer a full buffet dinner, passed hors d'oeuvres, and dessert buffet. DC on the Half Shell is a celebration of Chesapeake Bay flavors!

This event has helped CBF expand within the D.C. community, raise awareness of the importance of oysters, and raise more than $3.6 million toward saving the Bay. We hope you will join us for the 2024 DC on the Half Shell!

By supporting DC on the Half Shell and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, you are helping to accomplish amazing feats like adding millions of baby oysters to our waterways. With the vital funding DC on the Half Shell raises—and with you by our side—we can finish the job.

Sponsorship and Ticket Information

Sponsorship opportunities are currently available. Download our Sponsorship Packet and contact Taryn Dwan, 443-482-2111 for more information.

A limited number of individual tickets are available.

Can't attend DC on the Half Shell? Donate today to help raise invaluable funding to further our mission to save the Bay.

See what it's like to attend DC on the Half Shell. Watch our short video of the 2022 event and check out our photo gallery below.

2022 DC on the Half Shell Photo Gallery

The Bay Needs You

The State of the Bay Report makes it clear that the Bay needs our support now more than ever. Your donation helps the Chesapeake Bay Foundation maintain our momentum toward a restored Bay, rivers, and streams for today and generations to come.

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