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The Original Long Beach Lobster Festival starts September 10th


Tired of eating lobster in a quiet restaurant?  Feel that lobster tastes better when consumed in large quantities and surrounded by like-minded devotees, while listening to live music?  Luckily your prayers will be answered in Long Beach, at The Original Long Beach Lobster Festival, which gets underway Friday, September 10th, and wraps up on Sunday, September 12th.

A lobster feast at the Lobster Festival.

Kick things off at The Original Long Beach Lobster Festival with an evening music and feast party, sponsored by 95.5 KLOS, from 5pm until 11pm with Peace Frog, a Jim Morrison and The Doors tribute band.  Also appearing is Kofi Baker, a Cream tribute, and Blackout, a tribute to The Scorpions.

Saturday has a full schedule of musical entertainment, including Bonne Musique Zydeco, Michael John and The Bottom Line, the Blues Box Bayou Band, and Nathan Owens Motown and Soul Revue.  Festivities get underway at noon, and the party goes until 11pm.

Come back on Sunday to catch Bennie & The Swamp Gators, Upstream, the Chris Anderson Group, and Decades 70s/80s Dance Band.

Open all 3 days is the large food court; tickets can be purchased online for $13, a $2 discount, until noon on September 10th.  After that tickets may be purchased on site at the box office for $15 per person.  You can also purchase your lobster feast online; $25 buys your ticket, 1 1/4 lbs of lobster, side dishes, and a souvenir e-photo.  $50 pays for your ticket, 2 1/4 lbs of lobster, side dishes, and the souvenir e-photo.  Tickets are for one-day admission.

Also available only on Saturday and Sunday is the Children’s Stage, featuring Terrell and Takako, international variety entertainers.  Kids can also have fun jumping on those ubiquitous bouncers, or listening to music or storytellers.

The Original Long Beach Lobster Festival will be located near the Long Beach Convention Center.  Parking at the Convention Center will be $10.  Parking near the Convention Center, especially on Ocean Blvd, which is metered, so carpooling to save costs is a good idea.  Travelers can also take the Metro, which stops very close to where the Lobster Festival will take place.  Bring an empty stomach and get ready for a full afternoon!