LA Lobster Festival will rock the docks at USS Iowa this weekend

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Welcome to the home of the world’s largest lobster festival, The Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival, winner of four Guinness World Records.  If features fresh discount Maine lobster meals flown in fresh daily and cooked on the spot, and plenty of free entertainment.

The fun begins 5-11 p.m. Friday (July 14) and continues 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday (July 15, 16).

Lobster lovers can tour the USS IOWA or just marvel the grand drama of America’s largest port. After feasting on our world famous discount Maine lobster meals, lobster rolls, lobster mac & cheese, lobster quesadillas and more.

Guests enjoy dancing, street performers, tall ships berthed nearby, shopping for arts and crafts, and musical performances by some of today’s best up-and-coming acts.

It just got tastier with the addition of a second stage. With main stage headliners like Parade of Lights on Friday, Milo Greene on Saturday and WATERS on Sunday supported by acts like the Dark Crystal Wolf Kids, Transviolet and Yoke Lore there were so many great bands who wanted to perform that the festival added a smaller acoustic stage to make sure everyone got a chance to play and be heard.

The new stage will bring music to the back center area of the festival where nearly 2,000 diners can enjoy live music while eating their meals.

Also on the main stage bill are Johnzo West, Rachel Goodrich, the TaikoProject, Honey County, Banta, Los Angeles Police Department, Avid Dancer, Safety Orange, Groves, Rare Monk and more. Off stage entertainment will include magic and other street performers.

Lobster Mobsters will have a tough time choosing where to start this year as the 2017 menu has grown. The Guinness World Record winning famous steamed Maine lobster meals will be back of course, but it’s going to be tough deciding what else to add to your plate.

The Kings of Fi$h aka San Pedro Fish Market will be offering lobster rolls, lobster on a stick, lobster bisque, and their own tempting version of lobster grilled cheese sandwiches. Rumor has it they might have a few more lobster goodies yet to be announced.

Other vendors will be offering mouth watering taste treats such as lobster fries, lobster chowder, lobster quesadilla, and lobster mac & cheese.

For variety you might want to want to add oysters on the half shell, cajun shrimp, shrimp scampi and perhaps a crab roll.

It’s easy to find at the end of the 110 Harbor Freeway in San Pedro, California Only 20 minutes south of downtown Los Angeles. Free parking and shuttles at our remote lots!

Very limited paid parking within walking distance of the festival entrance at the Cruise Ship Terminal if you use the Swinford St entrance. We strongly recommend that you park at our remote lots and shuttle in. Traffic on Harbor Blvd. can be very, very bad..

Admission is $12 for adults, kids under 12 are admitted free. ADMISSION DOES NOT INCLUDE A LOBSTER MEAL. There is no need to purchase admission or meal tickets in advance, and unlike other lobster festivals we do not charge more for purchases at the festival.

The online sales of First Class Tickets are selling faster than ever before. The popular option includes a two-lobster meal with fresh made Cole slaw, fresh made spicy potatoes, fresh made salmon seafood salad, butter, roll, lemon wedges, dessert, and a beer or wine if you are 21 or older.

Other perks includes a special area to pick up your meal and a gated seating tent with a private no-host bar. Admission for all three days is included.

Guests with e-tickets need to check-in at the First Class reception booth at the entrance where they will get a special wristband, their drink ticket and other perks before entering the festival site. For more information, click here:

Credit cards area accepted at the front ticket office. CASH ONLY AT THE BAR. Active military, retired military and veterans with a VA card are admitted free. This discount only applies to the service member, not spouses or other family members or their guests.

No, the price of the meal is not included in the admission. And, no it’s not “all you can eat”. And, yes, it is an incredible bargain. We serve fresh Maine lobsters flown in fresh daily because local lobsters are out of season.

San Pedro Fish Markets’ lobster meal price is $25 for a 1.25 pound (average precooked weight) steamed Maine Lobster Meal with cole slaw, sweet bread roll and real butter topping and spiced potatoes.

To assure top quality, meals are prepared and sold by the seafood experts at San Pedro Fish Markets. You can still add an extra lobster for only $15. For this year at least, some good things never change.

The children’s area has increased in size and tickets for the rides and games may be purchased from the individual vendors. Kids under 12 are admitted free so there is no way that the games and rides can be included in the price of admission.

The rides and games vendors do not accept credit cards, but there are several ATM machines inside the festival grounds and two at the entrance.

First Class Ticket with DOUBLE LOBSTER MEAL $65 and WEEKEND ADMISSION (an $88 value)

First Class Tickets Include:

  • One 2-On-a-Plate Maine Lobster meal. 2.5 lbs of fresh steamed Maine lobster with special dessert and extra sides.
  • Front line privileges for Meal line and private bar all weekend
  • Admission for all three days (a $36.00 value)
  • One beverage (21+ for Alcohol) with your meal
  • VIP Dining Area
  • Collectible Poster (while supplies last)


Parking and shuttle service from the remote lots is free. Parking in the World Cruise Ship terminal costs $2 per hour and the first hour is free. This is adjacent to the festival site and is a designated park and walk location.

The busiest day is Sunday. Since we cannot anticipate demand in advance, there is a remote chance that lobster supplies may run low beginning late Sunday afternoon. Our advice is to arrive early.

Gates close and no one will be admitted one hour before the festival ends each day. That is 10 pm on Friday and Saturday and 6 pm on Sunday.

If San Pedro Fish Markets runs out of live Maine lobsters they will do their best to provide an equivalent dinner of either frozen Maine or Pacific lobsters. Kids do not eat for free. (You would not believe how many times we get asked that question.)

No extra charge to enjoy the music or other performers.

Dining is family style in large eating tents and at other tables around the venue. We will have over 3,000 places at the tables in the site to eat. After enjoying your meal please think of the next person and dump your tray in one of the nearby trash containers.

There are lots of other things to eat besides lobster. After eating, enjoy the free entertainment in the stage area. Bring a parasol or sun hat, shade is at a premium.

Think of it as an “authentic Coachella experience” if Coachella had a 900’ battleship as a backdrop. We’ve done our best to make this event friendly for challenged guests.

There are handicapped restrooms and 100 parking places reserved close to the entrance for those who need extra help and an ADA van for those who park in the remote lot. The festival cannot supply wheelchairs.



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