Long Beach Lobster Festival: A Seafood Extravaganza Like No Other!

Are you a seafood lover? Do you enjoy indulging in fresh, succulent lobster? If so, mark your calendars and get ready for an unforgettable experience at the Long Beach Lobster Festival. From Friday, September 8 to Sunday, September 10, 2023, the Original Lobster Festival will take place at Fountain Valley Sports Park in Fountain Valley, CA, just next door to Huntington Beach.

Festival Dates & Hours

The festival promises three days of gastronomic delight, starting on Friday from 5PM to 11PM, Saturday from 12NOON to 11PM, and Sunday from 12NOON to 8PM. Please note that the festival hours are subject to change without notice, so make sure to stay updated.

Box Office Location & Hours

When you arrive at the festival, head to the Main Gate 1 Entrance where you’ll find the Box Office. On Friday, it opens at 5PM and closes by 9PM. On Saturday, it opens at 12NOON and closes by 9PM, and on Sunday, it opens at 12NOON and closes by 7PM. Remember, these times are subject to change, so plan accordingly.


As we prioritize your health and safety, we want to assure you that we’ve taken all necessary precautions. While vaccination is not required, face masks will be mandatory according to state, county, and city guidelines. The festival is classified as an outdoor event, but it’s important to practice social distancing to keep everyone safe.

We understand that exposure to COVID-19 is a concern, but we cannot guarantee that you will not be exposed during your visit. As such, we strongly encourage you to assess your own risk and make an informed decision about attending the festival. Rest assured, we have implemented strict cleaning and sanitizing procedures to maintain a safe environment.

Re-Entry and Handicap Accessibility

If you need to leave the festival and return on the same day, simply have your hand stamped at the front gate for easy re-entry. Additionally, we are committed to providing a handicap-accessible venue, including accessible bathrooms, to ensure that everyone can enjoy the festival comfortably.

Bring the Kids!

The Long Beach Lobster Festival is a family-friendly event that welcomes visitors of all ages, including children. On Saturday and Sunday, we have a designated children’s area where kids can enjoy the Cool Critter Show, Critter Close-up Encounter, Face Painting, carnival rides, and games. The children’s stage opens at 12NOON and closes at 6PM, offering family-friendly entertainment. Don’t forget to capture these precious moments at our FREE Souvenir E-Photo booth!

Children aged 12 and younger can enter the festival for free when accompanied by a ticket-holding adult. Please note that this free admission does not include carnival rides and games, food, drinks, or access to the VIP Lounge.

Food Court Delights

Prepare your taste buds for a culinary adventure at our food court, where you’ll find an array of mouthwatering options. Feast on lobster rolls, lobster sliders, lobster-on-a-stick, and a variety of non-seafood items like BBQ, Mexican, American, Chinese, Thai, and other international cuisines. From beer and wine to specialty drinks like the infamous “Screaming Lobster” and Margaritas, we have something to satisfy every craving. And of course, there will be plenty of fresh live Maine lobster, flown in daily and steamed in the World’s Largest Cooker. Please note that the selection may vary each year, adding to the excitement and surprise.

Tickets and Payment Options

To gain entry to this extraordinary event, you can purchase tickets in advance or at the box office on the day of the festival. We recommend purchasing ahead of time to secure your spot and enjoy discounted prices. Some vendors accept credit cards, including the festival’s box office, but we also have ATMs available on-site if you prefer to use cash.

What’s Allowed and Prohibited

To ensure the safety and enjoyment of all attendees, we conduct bag searches upon entry or re-entry. Folding chairs are permitted in designated areas, but tents, lawn chairs, hammocks, and canopies are not allowed. You may bring one unopened bottle of water per person, backpacks, binoculars, blankets, sheets, towels, and basic point and shoot consumer-grade cameras.

On the other hand, we have a list of prohibited items to maintain a secure environment. Please leave your pets at home, as only service animals are allowed on the festival grounds. Outside food and drinks are not permitted, except for one unopened bottle of water per person. Glass containers, wagons, portable tables, firearms, explosives, illegal substances, skateboards, scooters, bicycles, and unauthorized vendors are strictly prohibited. The complete list of prohibited items can be found on the festival’s website.

Security Screening & Entry

As part of our commitment to the safety of all festival-goers, we conduct thorough security screenings before entry. All bags will be searched, and we kindly ask for your cooperation. By purchasing a ticket, you agree to submit to a search before entry. Patrons who refuse to comply with the search policy will not be allowed into the event.

Traveling to the Festival

The Long Beach Lobster Festival will be held at Fountain Valley Sports Park, located at 16400 Brookhurst Street, Fountain Valley, CA 92780. The entrance is at Brookhurst Street and Heil Avenue. For directions, click here.

Where to Stay

If you’re visiting from out of town and looking for nearby accommodations, we recommend checking out the hotels nearest to the Original Lobster Festival. You can find more information on our website.

Ticket Options and Purchase

We offer a variety of ticket options to suit your preferences. You can choose from 1-Day General Admission Tickets, which grant access to specific artists and festivities on your chosen day, or upgrade to a VIP Experience Ticket for enhanced access and perks. For those who want to savor the lobster feast, we have options like the Signature Lobster Feast and Jumbo Lobster Feast. To purchase tickets or learn more about each ticket type, visit our TICKET PAGE.

Get Your Tickets in Advance

While tickets can be purchased at the box office on the day of the event, we encourage you to buy them in advance. Pre-sale tickets not only save you money but also ensure a smoother entry process. Additionally, don’t forget to take advantage of our $2 discount coupon, applicable for on-site purchases only.

Group Sales and Assistance

If you’re planning a group outing to the Original Lobster Festival, we’ve made it easier for you. When purchasing six or more general admission tickets, you’ll receive a 10% discount automatically applied to your order. For larger groups or additional inquiries, please contact our ticketing department via email or phone. Details can be found on our website.

Questions, Concerns, and Further Assistance

We understand that you may have questions or concerns, and we’re here to help. Our dedicated staff is available via email to assist you before, during, and after the festival. For answers to frequently asked questions, visit our FAQs page. Feel free to CONTACT US for any further inquiries or clarification. Rest assured, we monitor our email constantly, and someone will get in touch with you promptly.

The Long Beach Lobster Festival promises an unforgettable experience filled with delectable lobster, exciting entertainment, and a vibrant atmosphere. Don’t miss out on this seafood extravaganza! Get your tickets today and join us at the Original Lobster Festival for a weekend of fun, food, and unforgettable memories. We can’t wait to see you there!

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