Oyster Run started in 1981. Late that summer a few friends decided to ride from Marysville to Edison and then enjoy oyster cocktails*. In just a few years, the event grew to 200 motorcycle riders. Eventually, the event grew so large, the festivities ended in Anacortes, where the Oyster Run is still held today.
Today, Oyster Run has no official starting point, time, or schedule. Just pick your own route to Anacortes and plan to stop at a few “Biker Friendly” places along the way; check this list of biker friendly stops. Come early and stay all day, street vendors are setup in Anacortes from 9AM-5PM. If you want to make a weekend out of it, there’s also a suggested list of lodging. Depending on the weather, estimates range from 10,000 to 20,000 motorcycles in recent years. No one cares what you ride or even if you ride. So drive, walk, crawl, sail, or swim into Anacortes and enjoy the fun.
*A classic oyster cocktail, aka oyster shooter, is to place an oyster with it’s liquor in a shot glass and top with an ounce of cold vodka, a dash of hot sauce, and a squeeze of lemon. Toss it back! Some say give the oyster a couple chews, others eschew the chew. There’s no right or wrong way to eat an oyster.