SoCal’s Tastiest Beach Party, The 2013 Original Lobster Festival

Whether you’re a frequenter of your local beach dive restaurant or a self-proclaimed connoisseur of sophisticated seafood, the 17th Annual 2013 Original Lobster Festival will be an essential summer event for you to experience Sept. 6-8 at the Rainbow Lagoon in Long Beach!

Boasting acclaim as the largest lobster festival outside of Maine, this three-day lobster extravaganza will give attendees a chance to feast on fresh Maine lobster, steamed in the "World’s Largest Cooker" (something you need to see to believe!) and served immediately for absolute freshness. Thousands of seafood lovers will flock to the beach to get a taste of the best lobsters in the world. In addition, the festival boasts a food court featuring many other food genres for those who may not be seafood fans. 

Depending on your level of commitment to the lobster eating challenge, the Long Beach Lobster Festival has several ticket options. For the lobster newbies, one can buy a general admission ticket for $13 and sample foods in the festival a la carte. For the more serious lobster consumers, packages including festival admission, and varying levels of food start at about $28. Click here for package options and coupons!

Of course, it wouldn’t be a festival without live entertainment. Guests can enjoy local bands playing an eclectic mix of swing, salsa, R&B and dance music as they party throughout the night on two dance floors or at the festival’s two beach bars. For the lobster and football fans out there, the festival will also include a live sports tent so no one will miss a minute of the college and professional football kickoff weekend.

Of course, no one is too young to love lobster, so the festival will definitely offer kid areas with plenty of activities. Plus, children under 12 are admitted for free!

Sure to be one of the summer’s biggest beach parties, the Original Lobster Festival is a can’t miss event to end your summer right. Break out your stretchy pants and prepare yourself to feast on the nation’s best lobster dinner, right here in SoCal!

The 17th Annual 2013 Original Lobster Festival takes place Sept 6-8 at Rainbow Lagoon in Long Beach at 300 Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, Calif, 90802. Tickets start at $13 and can be purchased only online until Sept. 5. After Sept.5, tickets can be purchased at the box office. For all the info and to purchase tickets, visit