Lobsterfest at Newport Beach

Butter, bibs, and sunshine? Here comes crustacean season.

CLAWS UP: If you've lived in Southern California for more than a year, and you like your seafood, you know one true thing: September belongs to lobster festivals. If it is a weekend in September you can likely find some outdoor, water-close area handing out the colorful plastic bibs. So when a party comes along a wee bit ahead of that busy, buttery stretch, we like to make mention, especially since it heralds a time many crustacean enthusiasts look forward to with relish (or, umm, butter). Lobsterfest is up first, on Saturday, Aug. 11, and the spot is the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort. It's held to raise money for charity -- Make-A-Wish Foundation and Leadership Tomorrow are two beneficiaries -- and to give lobster lovers a chance to celebrate a wee bit ahead of September.

THE DETAILS: You'll need to purchase your ticket ahead of the party; you can do so online. A ticket is $55 and that nets you a whole Maine lobster and lots of other additions, like shrimp, mussels, corn on the cob, and red potatoes, plus more. Mmm. Reggae tunes from We The People are also part of the wave-adjacent evening. If you're going to make a day of it in the Newport Beach area, organizers suggest looking into kayaks or bikes for rent in the Back Bay area. Good stuff.

MORE TO COME: And the September festivals? They kick off the weekend of Sept. 7-9 in Long Beach. San Pedro is up the next weekend, and Redondo Beach rounds it out the weekend after that. Better hang onto that bib, dear eater.

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