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2018 Schedule

August 1, 2018



All Day

Art Show at Main Street branch of Camden National Bank

Art Show at Main Street branch of Camden National Bank (300 Main Street).

All Day

Free Shuttle Bus

The festival provides free shuttle services to and from the festival grounds from the following locations. A bus arrives at each location approximately every 30 minutes.

  • South Elementary School (formerly Rockland District Middle School)

Check days for detailed schedule:

  • Wednesday, Aug. 1: Bus starts at noon and ends at 10 p.m.
  • Thursday, Aug. 2, and Friday, Aug. 3: Bus starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 11 p.m.
  • Saturday, Aug. 4: Limited service 9 a.m. to noon. Full service starts after parade (noon) and ends at 11 p.m.
  • Sunday, Aug. 5: Bus starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 6 p.m.

Bus arrives at each location approximately every 20 minutes.

12:00 p.m.

71st annual Maine Lobster Festival opens

Festival officially opens at noon, along with exhibition tents, booths, vendors, carnival rides, and games. This is our $1 day! 

King Neptune and his court, along with Haylie Dawn Witham, the 2017 Maine Sea Goddess, arrive on the main dock from the briny deep courtesy of the USCG to raise the flag and officially open the 2018 Maine Lobster Festival. Flag raising ceremony will take place next to the flagpole by the Harbor Master’s building.

Lobster Serving Begins at the Food Tent (Noon-8 p.m.)

Visit our Food Tent for our famous steamed lobster dinners, shore dinners, lobster bisque, lobster mac-n-cheese and fried seafood offerings and our Lobster Café for lobster rolls, lobster wraps, and lobster caesar salad.

Smokey’s Greater Shows - Old Fashioned Dollar Day - $1 tickets all day!

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Coronation Rehearsal


Main Stage

12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Mike Preston


Eating Tent

A country artist with a voice that will melt away your worries.

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Poster Signing - Artist Megan Rogers


North Entertainment Tent

Meet our 2017 & 2018 poster artist Megan Rogers and learn more about how she creates her work. Posters will be available for purchase and signing!

2:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Paddy Mills


Eating Tent

An award-winning folk singer/songwriter whose songs are as salty as the Maine coast he calls home.

4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Tom Ulichny


Eating Tent

A talented performer and Executive Director of Midcoast Music Academy. Tom’s music is equal parts warm soul and audio science.

8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

The 71st Maine Sea Goddess Coronation


Main Stage

Come see the coronation of the 71st Maine Lobster Festival Sea Goddess! Festivities begin at 8 p.m. with music and the introduction of the Sea Princesses.

The winner receives a cash prize and the title of The Maine Lobster Festival Sea Goddess with a lovely crown. She reigns at many events throughout the year, culminating with the start of the 2019 Lobster Festival. Also crowned is the Crown Princess and Miss Congeniality.