The Best Summer Festivals: Maine Lobster Festival

Rockland, Maine; August 1-5

Maine Lobster Festival

Eat me.     Photo: Maine Lobster Festival

This 65-year-old festival serves up 20,000 pounds of steaming hot lobster, most of it dripping with Cabot butter. There are also clams, crab cakes, mussels, shrimp, haddock, and calamari, served in every variation imaginable. Whip up a better lobster étouffée or seared scallop and possibly win the $200 first prize in the cooking contest.

To burn off the food, run the 10k foot race on Sunday morning or try the oddly popular lobster crate race: The person who runs back and forth over a string of 50 partially submerged lobster crates before falling into the Atlantic, wins. The record: 4,000 crates crossed.

Where to Stay: The Inn at Ocean’s Edge sits on seven acres and looks like a rich uncle’s oceanside getaway, complete with infinity pool and Adirondack chairs on green grass overlooking the ocean. Doubles from $295.

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