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Rockland, Maine Lobster Festival 2014

Surely you won't want to miss out on the 67th Annual Maine Lobster Festival, in Rockland, Maine, a historic harbor town along Maine's Midcoast.

When is the 2014 festival? This year's festival, officially opens on Wednesday, July 30th and runs through Sunday, August 3rd, 2014.

When is the festival in 2015, 2016? The Penobscot Bay Chamber of Commerce says it's easy to figure out...

...the festival always runs Wednesday to Sunday and begins the Wednesday before the first full weekend in August.

So, that means that the Rockland Lobster Festival 2015 will run from July 29th through August 2nd, and the Lobster Festival 2016 (by my calculation, but be sure to confirm) will run from August 3rd through August 7th.

Where is the festival located? Downtown Rockland, Maine, in Harbor Park, which overlooks Penobscot Bay along Maine's Midcoast region.

Why go to the festival? For starters, how does 20,000 pounds of fresh Maine lobster sound?

Lobster Claws Add to that...

...what is acclaimed to be the world's largest lobster cooker, great live entertainment, the Big Parade - featuring a variety of bands, floats, marching units, and a newly crowned Sea Goddess and her Sea Princesses...

...various arts and crafts vendors, U.S. Coast Guard Station tours, road races...

...carnival rides, seafood cooking contests, games and activities for the kids, and usually a visit from (and tours of) a United States Navy Ship.

And, all of that atop an all you can eat blueberry pancake breakfast!

How to get to the Rockland, Maine Lobster Festival...

Rockland, Maine, located in the Midcoast, is an easy drive from many locales - a four hour drive from Boston, Massachusetts and a two hour drive from Portland, Maine.

Rockland parking is limited, but there is FREE shuttle service...

...between parking lots at the Rockland District High School (400 Broadway, US Rt 1A), Rockland District Middle School (30 Broadway), and festival fairgrounds.

For handicap parking at the Maine lobster fest...

...on the northbound lane of South Main Street, directly adjacent to the Main Gate, there are approximately 8 handicap parking spaces...

...and on Myrtle Street, across from the Main Gate, are around 14 handicap parking spots. Additionally, festival volunteers will be available to assist with passenger loading and unloading at the Main Gate, while a driver parks the car.

Driving directions to Maine Lobster Festival...

  • From Boston: Approximately 185 miles. Take I-95 into Maine. Follow I-95 North to I-295, Exit 44, South Portland/Downtown Portland. Take I-295 North to Exit 28, which is U.S. Route 1 North (Coastal Route) Brunswick/Bath. Follow U.S. Route 1 to Thomaston. Rockland is another four miles on Coastal Route 1.
  • From Portland: Approximately 82 miles. Take I-295 North to Exit 28, which is U.S. Route 1 North (Coastal Route) Brunswick/Bath. Follow U.S. Route 1 to Thomaston. Rockland is another four miles on Coastal Route 1.
  • From Quebec, Canada: Approximately 251 miles. Take 73 South to 173 South. At the U.S. border 173 South becomes 201 South. Exit 95 South, continue to the City of Augusta. In Augusta, take 17 East to Rockland.
  • Alternative route from the South: So as to avoid heavy summer traffic on U.S. Route 1 - take I-95 to Exit 109 Augusta and follow Route 17 East into Rockland.

You can also get to Rockland by train...

The Maine Eastern Railroad travels from Brunswick to Rockland. You can check their summer 2014 schedule at: www.maineeasternrailroad.com.

Or, fly into a Maine airport for the Lobster Festival.

If you will be traveling a long distance, or wish to make a short trip even shorter, you may be interested in my response to a woman who asked about airports in Maine near Rockland lobster Festival. In a nutshell...

...the closest airport to the lobster fest is Knox County Regional Airport in Owls Head Maine, and further away are the Portland, Maine airport and the Bangor Maine airport, each with rental cars available..

In addition to you, someone else was wondering about directions to Rockland Maine Lobster Fest...

How to volunteer at Maine Lobster Festival... Being a volunteer (whether you are a local or from away) is a great way to meet Maine visitors AND mingle with many of the great people who call Maine home. Read about volunteering at the Lobster Fest, and perks that come with it!

Additional information about the Rockland Lobster Festival can be obtained from the Rockland, Maine Chamber of Commerce (Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce):

P.O. Box 552
Rockland, ME 04841
207-596-0376
800-562-2529
info@mainelobsterfestival.com

B&B's, Inns, Motels, Hotels Rockland Maine

There is no shortage of Rockland, Maine lodging. A good thing, since thousands of tourists vacation to this scenic town annually to enjoy the beauty of its waterfront, and its many arts and crafts shops, boutiques, restaurants and museums.

Lobster Bouys Rockland is home to many special events and festivals, including not only the Maine Lobster Festival...

...but also the North Atlantic Blues Festival, Down East Pirate Days, the Maine Windjammer Parade...

...the Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show, and many other fun things to do, for you and your family.

You will have your choice of quaint country inns, secluded bed and breakfasts, mom-and-pop motels...

...summer cottages, your own tent pitched at one of several Midcoast Maine campgrounds, or one of many Maine oceanfront vacations rentals.

But keep in mind - whatever type of Rockland, ME lodging accommodations you choose, book early! The Maine Lobster Festival is a BIG event and rooms often fill quickly.

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