Here Come the Lobster Fests

Long Beach kicks off the September's butteriest trio of events.

Long Beach Lobster Festival

September may summon the turning of the maple leaves in other parts of the world, but in Los Angeles it means another red-hued sight: lobster. Lots of lobster, and lobster festivals, and people sporting lobster-bedecked bibs, and people wielding giant foam claws, and diners rocking giant, lobster-shaped hats.

It's lobster festival season, in short, and Southern California boasts a string of buttery gatherings all in a row. The first up? It's The Original Lobster Festival in Long Beach, and it melts the butter and lines up the dinner rolls from Friday afternoon, Sept. 7 through Sunday, Sept. 9 at Rainbow Lagoon.

Admission is ticketed separately from the lobster deals, so you'll need to peruse and see what you want. We did see the words "lobster on a stick" though the lobster feast is pretty classic: a Maine lobster, dinner roll, watermelon, coleslaw, and butter-dipping sauce.

Lobster rolls are available, too; we have a sneaking theory that even those eaters who claim to have a mayonnaise block warm to the particularly moist New England favorite.

The Original Lobster Festival also brings with it tunes, kid entertainment, and a beach bar. Plus? This is the fest that produces all of the wacky photos of friends in over-sized sunglasses and lobster hats. Things are downright convivial, if you're posing for one of those.

Now, who is next on the lobster roster? San Pedro starts up next weekend -- that's the mondo Port of Los Angeles lobster party -- and Redondo follows the weekend after. Happy butter dipping, lobster lovers.

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