Maine Lobster Festival

Lobster brought us to Maine. My job was to locate and shuttle my wife and mother-in-law around Maine lobster shacks capped by a stop at the Maine Lobster Festival, held the first weekend in August in Rockland.

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The festival is essentially the typical small town summer festival with music, midway, shopping, unhealthy food, etc. Then a ton of lobster is tossed on top in a huge food tent. There are seafood-themed activities such as a lobster crate race over the water and exhibitions at the Marine Tent, of which we would have enjoyed even more. When we visited on the Saturday afternoon we did not time it well with big activities with the parade, so we mainly enjoyed the food and strolled a bit.

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Hotels in the area are limited so we stopped en route from Acadia National Park to Portland, ME. Rockland and surrounds is tremendously scenic with many lobster shacks and scenic spots along the water.

A fun slice of Americana, Maine-style.

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  • Bruce

    I recently googled “Maine lobster season” and found it lasted thru November. I booked a short weekend excursion from Philly to Portland for the first weekend of November only to find out after booking flights that almost all the lobster shacks are closed by October. Any suggestions on where to get good lobster in early November?

  • Rapid Travel Chai

    @Bruce – the best bets I think will be in Portland itself. You might check if Portland Lobster Co is still open that weekend. Portland has a vibrant hipster dining and nightlife scene, you won’t have a shortage of good things to eat and I imagine plenty of restaurants, while not lobster shacks, will have lobster on the menu. Food & Wine magazine just did a profile on Portland that will help with ideas.

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  • Bruce

    Thanks for the info. Still looking forward to Portland. I’m sure there are no shortage of good places to eat.

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