Monday, July 30, 2018

71st Annual Maine Lobster Festival Kicks Off In 3 Days

Rockland, Maine - Maine Lobster Festival will kick off their 71st year in 3 days, Wednesday August 1st through Sunday August 5th, 2017 in Rockland, Maine.

There's a lot you can do during the festival from riding rides, crate race, road races, enjoy live music, food and so much more.

It is a special time for the people behind Maine Lobster Festival as they will be celebrating their 71st year. For volunteers who spend their time volunteering from eating tent to ticket taker at the gates. Volunteers is what keeps the festival going.

Highlights of this year's festival are coronation, where one young lady will win Maine Sea Goddess title, seafood cooking contest, marine tent, children's events, entertainment and touring Navy ship.

Wednesday

12:00 p.m.
71ST ANNUAL MAINE LOBSTER FESTIVAL OPENS

Festival officially opens at noon, along with exhibition tents, booths, vendors, carnival rides, and games. This is our $1 day!

King Neptune and his court, along with Haylie Dawn Witham, the 2017 Maine Sea Goddess, arrive on the main dock from the briny deep courtesy of the USCG to raise the flag and officially open the 2018 Maine Lobster Festival. Flag raising ceremony will take place next to the flagpole by the Harbor Master’s building.

Lobster Serving Begins at the Food Tent (Noon-8 p.m.)

Visit our Food Tent for our famous steamed lobster dinners, shore dinners, lobster bisque, lobster mac-n-cheese and fried seafood offerings and our Lobster Café for lobster rolls, lobster wraps, and lobster caesar salad.

Smokey’s Greater Shows - Old Fashioned Dollar Day - $1 tickets all day!

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
CORONATION REHEARSAL
Entertainment

Main Stage

12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
MIKE PRESTON
Food

Eating Tent

A country artist with a voice that will melt away your worries.

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
POSTER SIGNING - ARTIST MEGAN ROGERS
Entertainment

North Entertainment Tent

Meet our 2017 & 2018 poster artist Megan Rogers and learn more about how she creates her work.
Posters will be available for purchase and signing!

2:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
PADDY MILLS
Food

Eating Tent

An award-winning folk singer/songwriter whose songs are as salty as the Maine coast he calls home.

4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
TOM ULICHNY
Food

Eating Tent

A talented performer and Executive Director of Midcoast Music Academy. Tom’s music is equal parts warm soul and audio science.

8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
THE 71ST MAINE SEA GODDESS CORONATION
Entertainment

Main Stage

Come see the coronation of the 71st Maine Lobster Festival Sea Goddess! Festivities begin at 8 p.m. with music and the introduction of the Sea Princesses.

The winner receives a cash prize and the title of The Maine Lobster Festival Sea Goddess with a lovely crown. She reigns at many events throughout the year, culminating with the start of the 2019 Lobster Festival. Also crowned is the Crown Princess and Miss Congeniality.

Thursday

7:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST - MAIN EATING TENT
Food

All-the-pancakes-you-can-eat breakfast in the Food Tent featuring blueberry pancakes, juice, coffee and milk. Cost: $6 for adults, $3 for children; offered through Sunday.

9:00 a.m.
GATES OPEN
Other

Steins & Vines tickets available for purchase at Main and Park Street gates (21 years or older - ID required)

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
USCG TOURS
Other

Aug 2 - 10am, 1pm, 3pm

The Coast Guard Base is located at 54 Tillson Ave. Minors must be accompanied by a parent/guardian, please. NO pets or backpacks/luggage and no open-toed shoes are allowed.

11:00 a.m.
COOKING DEMONSTRATION WITH CHEF STEFANO CORVUCCI
Food

North Entertainment Tent

Owner of the Culinary Institute of Bologna Italy prepares locally sourced, Italian influenced lobster and seafood pasta dishes using FIORE Italian olive oils and vinegar.  True passion and infectious commitment to putting the food first – taste, texture, aroma, and seasonality pervades his-state-of the art approach to cooking.

11:00 a.m.
LOBSTER SERVING BEGINS
Food

Visit our Food Tent for our famous steamed lobster dinners, shore dinners, lobster bisque, lobster mac-n-cheese and fried seafood offerings and our Lobster Café for lobster rolls, lobster wraps, and lobster caesar salad.

All Food Vendors open at 11 am

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
PRESTON & CURRY COUNTRY
Entertainment

Maine Stage

This duo brings their classic country sound to the Maine Lobster Festival.

12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
SMOKEY’S GREATER SHOWS BRACELET DAY!
Entertainment

1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
ALTER IGOR
Entertainment

Maine Stage

Come check out their mix of rock, power pop, and British invasion tunes.

2:00 p.m.
COOKING DEMONSTRATION WITH CHRIS OLIVER
Food

North Entertainment Tent

Festival Cooking Contest Judge demonstrates how you can make Lobster Scampi.

3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
STESHA CANO
Entertainment

Eating Tent

Whether she’s singing jazz standards, R&B or modern pop, she’s easy to listen to and hard to define.

4:00 p.m.
WORLD’S FASTEST KNITTER
Entertainment

North Entertainment Tent

Hosted by MIM BIRD, prizes and bragging rights await with this fun event!

4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
NEW SHADES OF BLUE
Entertainment

Maine Stage

Playing cool jazz for this hot event.

4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
STEINS & VINES TASTING EVENT
Entertainment

Celebrate our 5th Annual event showcasing Maine brewers and vintners. Additional charge for admittance to this event includes gate, age 21 or older, photo ID is required.

6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
SMOKEY’S GREATER SHOWS BRACELET DAY!
Entertainment

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
MALLETT BROTHERS BAND
Entertainment

Maine Stage


Nationally known with a style that can range from alt-country to Americana, country, jam and roots rock, theirs is a musical melting pot.

Friday

7:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST - MAIN EATING TENT
Food

All-the-pancakes-you-can-eat breakfast in the Food Tent featuring blueberry pancakes, juice, coffee and milk. Cost: $6 for adults, $3 for children; offered through Sunday.

9:00 a.m.
AMATEUR SEAFOOD COOKING CONTEST
Food

North Entertainment Tent

Amateur chefs will compete in this fan favorite annual Maine Lobster Festival Seafood Cooking Contest.

9:00 a.m.
GATES OPEN

Grounds are open at 7AM for the Pancake Breakfast, gates open for tickets at 9AM.

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
USCG TOURS
Other

Aug 3 - 10am, 1pm, 3pm

The Coast Guard Base is located at 54 Tillson Ave. Minors must be accompanied by a parent/guardian, please. NO pets or backpacks/luggage and no open-toed shoes are allowed.

11:00 a.m.
LOBSTER SERVING BEGINS
Food

Visit our Food Tent for our famous steamed lobster dinners, shore dinners, lobster bisque, lobster mac-n-cheese and fried seafood offerings and our Lobster Café for lobster rolls, lobster wraps, and lobster caesar salad.

All Food Vendors open at 11 am

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
JUD CASWELL
Entertainment

Maine Stage

A bit like a one-man folk festival mixing banjo picking, Irish drinking songs and award winning original sounds.

12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
SMOKEY’S GREATER SHOWS BRACELET DAY!
Entertainment

1:00 p.m.
COOKING DEMONSTRATION WITH CHRIS OLIVER
Food

North Entertainment Tent

This 3-time Chili & Chowder Contest champ shows how to make his award-winning Seafood Chowder.

1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
HARBOR CATS
Entertainment

Maine Stage

Presenting MCMA’s new house band here to rock the stage.

3:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
HURRICANE MOUNTAIN
Entertainment

Maine Stage

Mixes traditional country roots along with swing and boogie-woogie making them one of Maine’s premier country bands!

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
ERICA BROWN AND THE BLUEGRASS CONNECTION
Entertainment

Maine Stage

The name says it all for this award-winning fiddler and her band.

6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
SMOKEY’S GREATER SHOWS BRACELET DAY!
Entertainment

7:45 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
HELLO NEWMAN
Entertainment

Maine Stage

They give their audience a great show with great tunes and a great time – and that means lots of dancing!

Saturday

All Day
HAPPY 228TH BIRTHDAY TO THE U.S. COAST GUARD!
Other

Happy 228th Birthday To The U.S. Coast Guard! To recognize active duty Coast Guard members on this special day, we would like to offer FREE admission to their dependents today. Thank you for your service to our city and our country.

7:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST - MAIN EATING TENT
Food

All-the-pancakes-you-can-eat breakfast in the Food Tent featuring blueberry pancakes, juice, coffee and milk. Cost: $6 for adults, $3 for children; offered through Sunday.

10:00 a.m.
THE BIG PARADE, ROCKLAND MAIN STREET
Entertainment

“Kids, Laughter & Lobster”

Parade: Jen Chapman - 1-800-576-7512
parade@mainelobsterfestival.com
Parade Application Form(PDF)

11:00 a.m.
LOBSTER SERVING BEGINS
Food

Visit our Food Tent for our famous steamed lobster dinners, shore dinners, lobster bisque, lobster mac-n-cheese and fried seafood offerings and our Lobster Café for lobster rolls, lobster wraps, and lobster caesar salad.

All Food Vendors open at 11 am

12:30 p.m.
"THE BAND" MARCHING UNIT DEMONSTRATION
Entertainment

Maine Stage

12:30 p.m.
MAINE CABIN MASTERS
Entertainment

North Entertainment Tent



Meet the DYI Network Stars and wicked cool Mainah’s and ask them the tough questions like “can you actually get there from here?”

1:00 p.m.
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS CHEERLEADERS PHOTO OP & AUTOGRAPHS
Other

New England Patriots Cheerleaders Photo Op & Autographs. Maine Stage.

2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
MONDAY NIGHT JAZZ ORCHESTRA
Entertainment

Maine Stage

A big band is hitting the big stage with a variety of Latin, jazz, funk, and blues.

3:00 p.m.
MAD SCIENCE - FIRE AND ICE SHOW
Entertainment

North Entertainment Tent

Join us for scientific fun with fire and ice! Kids will explore and learn about the amazing properties of fire and combustion. Witness the “Swoosh, Whoosh, Aaah” experiment along with the “Big Burp”, the “Sizzling Scissors” and the famous “Mad Science Shower”. Mad Science provides live, interactive and compelling educational experiences that make learning a blast!

4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
UKES ROCK
Entertainment

Maine Stage

A popular local ukulele group.

4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
PRE-REGISTRATION FOR THE 10K ROAD RACE AND 5K WALK

Last chance to pre-register for the 10K Road Race and 5K Run/Walk. If you've already registered online, you can pick up your packet at this time so you can head straight to the start line in the morning. Come to the tent at the bottom of the hill inside the Main Gate.

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
STEELIN’ THUNDER
Entertainment

Maine Stage

Don’t miss Midcoast Maine’s steel drum sensations – Hawaiian shirts strongly encouraged.

8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
PAT COLWELL AND THE SOUL SENSATIONS
Entertainment

Maine Stage

A Powerful mix of Motown and Memphis soul guaranteed to bring down the house.

Sunday

7:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST - MAIN EATING TENT
Food

All-the-pancakes-you-can-eat breakfast in the Food Tent featuring blueberry pancakes, juice, coffee and milk. Cost: $6 for adults, $3 for children; offered through Sunday.

8:00 a.m.
10K ROAD RACE AND 5K WALK/RUN
Entertainment

Start your Sunday morning with a timed run or walk around the beautiful town of Rockland. 8:00 am, near the main gate

8:30 a.m.
1 MILE KIDS’ FUN RUN, NEAR THE MAIN GATE
Children

9:00 a.m.
FUN RUN, 5K AND 10K AWARD PRESENTATION - MAIN STAGE AREA

Awards will be presented near the Main Stage

10:00 a.m.
CHILDREN'S PARADE
Children

Sign up at the far end of the Eating Tent at 9 a.m.

10:00 a.m.
USCG TOURS SUN
Other

Tours of the United States Coast Guard Station schedule:

Thursday August 2 - Times 10:00AM, 1:00PM, 3:00PM

Friday August 3 - Times 10:00AM, 1:00PM, 3:00PM

Sunday August 5 - Times 10:00AM, 1:00PM, 3:00PM

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
USCG TOURS
Other

Aug 5 - 10am, 1pm, 3pm

The Coast Guard Base is located at 54 Tillson Ave. Minors must be accompanied by a parent/guardian, please. NO pets or backpacks/luggage and no open-toed shoes are allowed.

11:00 a.m.
LOBSTER SERVING BEGINS
Food

Visit our Food Tent for our famous steamed lobster dinners, shore dinners, lobster bisque, lobster mac-n-cheese and fried seafood offerings and our Lobster Café for lobster rolls, lobster wraps, and lobster caesar salad.

All Food Vendors open at 11 am

11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
SMOKEY’S GREATER SHOWS - BRACELET DAY!
Children

11:30 a.m.
COD FISH CARRY AND LOBSTER EATING CONTEST
Food

Maine Stage

12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
KATHLEEN FOX SIGNING 2019 COASTAL MAINE CALENDARS
Other

Kathleen Fox Singing 2019 Coastal Maine Calendars. Marine Tent.

12:30 p.m.
LITTLE LOBSTER DIAPER DERBY - MAIN STAGE
Children

Maine Stage

1:00 p.m.
JOJO THOREAU - CHILDREN’S AUTHOR
Entertainment

North Entertainment Tent

JoJo started formulating stories when she was seven years old and published her first book Bendy Wendy in 2014 at age 9 and her second book Buckaroo Bobbie Sue in 2015. She lives in rural Maine and loves to spend time at libraries discovering new authors as well as old favorites.  She is a member of the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance (MWPA), Western Writers of America (WWA) and Women Writing the West (WWW).

2:00 p.m.
INTERNATIONAL GREAT LOBSTER CRATE RACE BEGINS AT ROCKLAND HARBOR
Entertainment

Registration starts at 7AM at the Information Tent. The race is at the Waterfront and begins at 2pm

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
THE LOWDOWN BAND
Entertainment

Maine Stage

An entertaining folk group.

5:00 p.m.
WREATH CEREMONY
Entertainment

King Neptune and the 2018 Sea Goddess will lead a wreath ceremony for fishermen lost at sea, held at the public pier.

6:00 p.m.
71ST MAINE LOBSTER FESTIVAL CLOSES
Other

See you at the 72nd annual Maine Lobster Festival, July 31 - August 4, 2019!

As in previous years, tours of the Navy ship will be available during festival week. Tours are currently scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 2, and Friday, Aug. 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. These dates and times are subject to change.

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