LONG BEACH — The largest lobster festival held outside the state of Maine — the Original Lobster Festival at Rainbow Lagoon — will return Sept. 5-7, with fresh-cooked lobster flown in nightly from Maine, live music and a variety of activities for the whole family.
Attendees are expected to consume tons of lobsters, cooked on site in what are billed as the world’s largest lobster steamers.
Along with the main attraction, festival-goers will find The Lobster Shack (serving up lobster rolls, lobster tacos, lobster sliders and lobster-on-a-stick), an international food court, arts and crafts booths, beer and wine gardens, free souvenir e-photos and a live sports tent with four flat-screen televisions, courtesy of DirecTV. Storytellers, magicians and inflatable bounces are planned for children.
Musicians scheduled to entertain this year include Queen Nation, dance instruction by A.J. Gibbs, “the Mydeco Dance King,” the 1970s-1980s dance band Decades, Long John Hunter, Grand Junction, Men In Crisis, Upstream, and Bonne Musique Zydeco. At the Children’s Stage, variety entertainers Terrell and Takako will tell stories, unicycle and show off their magical talents.
Ticket prices are $13 in advance, $15 on site for one-day general admission, without food. Regular one-day admission that includes a 1.25-pound lobster feast is $30 in advance, $42 at the gate; admission with a 2.25-pound lobster feast is $58 in advance, $62 at the gate.
Festival hours are 5-11 p.m. Sept. 5, noon-11 p.m. Sept. 6 and noon-10 p.m. Sept. 7 at Rainbow Lagoon, 400-403 Shoreline Village Drive.
For online tickets and more information, visit originallobsterfestival.com.