The Maine Lobster Festival serves up more than 20,000 pounds of lobster and five days of fun every summer. Held in the Mid-Coast Maine community of Rockland, the festival happens in early August, one of the best times to visit Maine beaches and lighthouses. The weather is typically spectacular during this time of year.
Maine Lobster Festival History and Facts
Since no visit to Maine is complete without trying lobster, a lobster festival was a natural for Rockland. On the calendar of events and holidays, seafood lovers look forward to the Maine Lobster Fest 2016, as do the army of volunteers who work to make the festival a success. Since the inaugural festival in 1947, the event has grown bigger and bigger every year. Today, visitors to Rockland's Harbor Park will find plenty of good eats, live music, cooking contests, and five days of memorable activities.
Tickets to the Maine Lobster Fest
Admission charges depend on the day. On Wednesday, everyone is invited to enjoy the Maine Lobster Fest for free. On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, tickets are required to visit the grounds, with discounts for kids ages 6 to 11. Kids ages 5 and under always can enjoy the festival for free. On Sunday, admission discounts are available for adults and kids. If you'd like to save even more money, consider purchasing four-day passes to the Maine Lobster Fest.
Directions to the Maine Lobster Festival
Harbor Park is located a four-hour drive from Boston and less than two from Portland. From Boston, about 200 miles away, take Interstate 95 north into Maine until you reach Interstate 295, which is exit 44, in Portland. Continue north until exit 28, U.S. Highway 1. Follow U.S. 1 to Rockland and Harbor Park for the Maine Lobster Fest.
Parking is not available at the festival grounds, so the Maine Lobster Fest runs shuttles from several locations throughout town where more parking is located, including the local high school. Shuttles are free and run all throughout the festival.
While most festival goers drive to Rockland, other people take alternative transportation. The Rockland Harbor has a large marina, while the Maine Eastern Railroad and Amtrak also bring people to the Maine Lobster Festival.
Lodging near the Maine Lobster Fest
As a small, walkable New England town, many of the accommodations are located within minutes of Harbor Park. As is typical for Maine, Rockland offers a mix of bed and breakfasts, beach resorts, and standard motels and hotels.
The Samoset Resort, overlooking the Penobscot Bay, is nestled on 230 scenic acres with a luxury hotel, championship golf course, and a host of amenities. The guestrooms, 178 in total, offer wireless Internet, private balconies or terraces, as well as in-room coffee. Guests also can upgrade to one of the suites or the ocean-side cottage.
The Berry Manor Inn, another one of the welcoming Maine B&Bs, is small in size but big on style. Once home to one of Rockland's most prosperous families, the inn has a dozen air-conditioned rooms, many with whirlpool tubs. Guests are treated to a hearty breakfast every morning, perfect for fueling up for a day of fun at the Maine Lobster Festival 2016.
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