This is how to throw a lobster feast.
Sure, you could be all proper. Sure, you could hand everyone five different tiny forks. Sure, everyone could wear pearls and ballgowns and act charmingly snooty.
Or you could just round up some lobster-shaped chapeaus and funny glasses and some lobsters from Maine and some butter dipping sauce and you could book Rainbow Lagoon and let people make their own fun, fancy forks not required. And that's exactly what the organizers behind the annual Original Long Beach Lobster Festival do each and every year.
Thank you, lobster people. Thank you.
The 15th outing of the claws-and-bib bash will happen from Friday, Sept. 9 through Sunday, Sept. 11. A one-day general is $13 in advance and $15 at the gate. The lobster feast is not, that's not, included in that price, but there are other tickets that include food.
Music and other goings-on will be going on.
We'll also note that the Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival is happening the following weekend in San Pedro. The dates are Friday, Sept. 16 through Sunday, Sept. 18. Can we all agree that there will be seafood fans hitting both parties, one after the other? We can agree. And can we all agree that, really, there's nothing wrong with fancy tiny forks? Nothing wrong with 'em at all. But sometimes we just want to wear a lobster hat and get a bit messier. There's room for both things in this big world.