Some seafoodians might glance at the calendar around Labor Day, making a note to change it from August to September, and then bingo-bango: They remember that Southern California's every-week-for-three-weeks run of lobster-filled festivals is just ahead, and they better text their lobster-lovin' relatives and chums at once.
But other seafoodians? They know, already. Boy howdy, do they; they're so serious they've been practically sleeping in their plastic bib for much of the summer, in eat-happy anticipation.
They know that Long Beach is up first, then Port of Los Angeles follows, and Redondo rounds it out, one, two, three weekends in a row.
Ready to enter the crustacean zone, People of the Claw?
LBC is your place to be -- take that slogan, Long Beach, if you like it -- from Friday, Sept. 5 through Sunday, Sept. 7. This is the one with allllll the festival goers in the lobster hats and beads. Due this year? A Queen tribute band, zydeco-flavored dance, blues, country, get-up-and-move music.
Plus: the food. Fresh Maine lobster is the star, along with coleslaw, watermelon, lemons, and butter dipping sauce. Oh, and a roll, which you'll completely soak in the butter dipping sauce, once you've made short work of your lobster.
We know that's how it goes.
There's also a lobster knick knack store, in addition to other vendors. Our thought? You should buy a crustacean statuette for your shelf, so you remember that September is LA's lobster-iest month of the year. No surprises when Labor Day Weekend rolls around: You've made your plans.
Then, soon, you too will keep the bib handy, maybe even donning it for special occasions outside of the late-summer lobster festivals.