Picture this: A summertime visit to Maine — one of the most photographic states in the country — for the fun and exciting Maine Lobster Festival July 31-Aug. 4 in Rockland! Your memories will stay with you long after you’ve gone back home. So how to make the most of those photographic moments? Whether you’ve got a smartphone or a high-end camera, here is your guide to snapping the best pics at MLF, how to tag them on social media, and how that might even get yours featured as Photo of the Week.

Here are the top pic-snapping spots to hit while you’re at the Festival:

Let’s start with the ultimate lobster selfie. Rocky The Lobster is one of the most photographed highlights of the Festival. You can’t miss him. This lovable, oversized lobster travels all around the Festival and even goes to various fairs and festivals throughout New England, raising awareness for the Festival and Maine’s lobstering industry. You’ll also want to stand next to the World’s Largest Lobster Cooker (which can cook 1,600 pounds of lobster at one time!) located at the entrance to the north end of the festival grounds.

Selfie with a real lobster and a bib. That’s what you’re coming for, right? There’s no way you can leave the Festival without one of those selfies, wearing the plastic bib and either holding the delicious lobster in your hands or making an ecstatic “I’m about to eat this!” face while it’s on your plate. Once you check out our menu, you will get all sorts of ideas on how to incorporate those delicious food photos during your visit to the Festival. (Pro tip: These are the most common “Photo of the Week” shots we post, so don’t forget to tag us.)

King Neptune and the Delegates — it sounds like an awesome undersea rock band, but in fact, the King is a local volunteer with a big white beard and a trident who represents the ocean during the Festival as he walks around entertaining people. And the Delegates, as highlighted in our recent blog, are also ambassadors of the Festival, Maine, and the lobster industry. When you see them walking around, don’t be shy! They’ll be more than happy to pose with you.

And you can’t miss these events that get crazy views on social media and local news. The International Great Crate Race is a test of balance and endurance across a string of 50 lobster storage crates stretching across a section of Rockland’s inner harbor — while the public cheers on. Be sure to get a good spot on Sunday, Aug. 4, 2024. The other one is the most popular event at the Maine Lobster Festival: The Big Parade on Aug. 3, 2024.

Make sure to grab a selfie at any one of these locations and tag us on social media or use #MaineLobsterFestival.

The 2024 Maine Lobster Festival is once again FREE! Join us July 31-Aug. 4 at Rockland’s Harbor Park. Find out more at www.mainelobsterfestival.com.