It’s never too early to start planning a visit to Maine for one of the state’s famous seafood-related festivals. Join the thousands of visitors who flock to the picturesque villages on Maine’s coastline to take part in multi-day celebrations honoring the state’s tasty trappings—clams and lobster.
Yarmouth Clam Festival, Yarmouth
The beloved Yarmouth Clam Festival, held the third weekend in July, is attended by more than 80,000 Maine residents, visitors, and groups who come to this charming harbor town to enjoy a parade, fireworks, live music, and fresh seafood. Over the course of the two-day festival, attendees devour more than 6,000 pounds of clams and 6,000 lobster rolls. As an extra reason to attend, all food booths at the festival are run by Yarmouth-based nonprofits that fund school groups, churches, and civic organizations.
Maine Lobster Festival, Rockland
Taking place the first weekend of August every year since 1947, the Maine Lobster Festival celebrates the state’s most well-known crustacean with seafood cooking contests, the Great International Lobster Crate Race, a parade, road racing, and, of course, unforgettable lobster feasts. Over the five-day event, 30,000 people visit Rockland for a hearty helping of fresh seafood—including 20,000 pounds of the world-famous lobster—as well as to see renowned entertainers and local artisans.
Top photo: Parade during the Yarmouth Clam Festival
Photo by Visit Maine
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