September has been lobster month in Southern California for a number of years, celebrated with three major Lobster Festivals, but the Port of LA Festival has moved to July this year. Although most of the lobster is coming from Maine, Southern Californians make the event their own.
Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival
Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival and Music Weekend at Ports O' Call Village in San Pedro.
It is billed as the largest Lobster Festival in the world, and includes three days of music and dancing with up and coming local bands and favorite tribute bands. There's a Pirate Camp with daily treasure hunts for kids, as well as plenty of magic. They're the multi-record holder for the Guinness World Record for most lobsters cooked at one event.
When: July 14-16, 2017, Fri 5-11 pm, Sat 11 am - 11 pm, Sun 11 am - 7 pm
Where: Ports O' Call Village, San Pedro
Cost: (2017 prices TBA) $12 festival admission, kids under 12 free, $65 First Class Ticket including double lobster meal and beverage. Lobster dinners ($25) and ride tickets are additional. Weekend passes are also available. $1 Off Adult Admission Coupons available on the website.
Parking: Free at the Los Angeles Cruise Ship Terminal. There's also a free shuttle from the parking lot at 22nd and Miner St.
Discounts: $1 off coupons on all flyers, ads and on the website.
Info: www.lobsterfest.com, (310) 798-7478
Note: No credit cards. There is an ATM inside. Sunday is the busiest day and they may run out of lobster by later in the afternoon.
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Long Beach Lobster Festival
Long Beach Lobster Festival takes place at Rainbow Lagoon.
The same folks who put on the Long Beach Crawfish Festival will be dishing up Maine lobster out of the giant steamers and bringing music from Cajun to Latin Jazz, magicians and more food and vendors.
When: Sept 9-11, 2016, Fri 5-10 pm, Sat - Sun noon - 10 pm
Where: Rainbow Lagoon at Pine Ave and Shoreline Drive, Long Beach 90802
Cost: $13 advance general admission, $15 at the gate. Advance special add ons $17 ($28 at event) for 1 1/4 lb lobster dinner, $45 ($50 at gate) for 2 1/4 lb lobster feast. Additional VIP options available. Children 12 and under Free with adult. Under 16 must be accompanied by an adult after 8 pm. Active US military with ID get in Free. Check Goldstar.com or LivingSocial for discount tickets.
Parking: For a fee at Marina Green, LB Convention Center, and the Pike
Note: Lobsters sell out
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Redondo Beach Lobster Festival
The Redondo Beach Lobster Festival welcomes crowds for surf & turf specials. Live music, mechanical bull rides, and family activities for all.
When: Sept 23-25, 2016, Fri 5-11 pm, Sat noon-11 pm, Sun noon-8 pm
Where: Seaside Lagoon, 200 Portofino Way, Redondo Beach, 90277
Cost: $20 Festival admission, $5 children 6-12 (children's play area is free once you're inside), under 6 free, lobster and steak dinner is additional.
$25-$45. Discounts for advance online purchase. VIP lounge and3-day passes also available. Check Goldstar.com for discount tickets. Military and Seniors $10 at the gate.
Parking: Free shuttle parking is available Saturday and Sunday. Street and paid lot parking are also available. Check the website for locations.
Info: www.lobsterfestival.com, (310) 937-5555
Note: Save by prepurchasing admission and dinner tickets online.
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