Saturday, August 5

7 AM – 11 PM

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: 30 Broadway, Rockland, ME
  • Oceanside High School: 400 Broadway, Rockland, ME

Check days for detailed schedule:

  • Wednesday: 11AM – 10PM
  • Thursday, Friday, and Saturday*: 8:30 AM – 11:30 PM
  • Sunday: 8:30 AM – 6:30 PM

Bus arrives at each location approximately every 20 minutes.

*Saturday morning shuttle service will be not be available from 9 a.m. – noon due to the parade.

All Day

Art Show at North Tent

Maine Authors & Publishers (in North Tent)

“Heritage, History, and Ancestry” (at the Maine Heritage Tent at Middle Pier)

Listen for music and festival announcements in the PA booth.

Art & Crafts at the Art Tent, Buoy Park

Touch Tank, Books, & Demonstrations of the Maritime Industry in the Marine Tent, on Middle Pier

Donation stations are available at the Festival gates for the Save Maine Lobstermen campaign. Opportunities to donate online can be found throughout the Festival grounds.

7:00 to 10:00 am

Pancake Breakfast (in the Food Tent)

9:00 to 11:00 am

Navy Ship Tour, Rockland Harbor

Tour the USS Gunston Hall. Minors must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. No pets or backpacks are allowed.

10:00 am

THE BIG PARADE, Rockland Main Street “The Spirit of 76”

Shuttle will not be running from approximately 9 a.m. – noon.

Noon to 8:00 pm

The food tent opens to serve fresh Maine lobsters and other seafood. Menu

Noon to 6:00 pm

Paddy Mills, Food Tent

Paddy Mills is an award-winning folk singer/songwriter whose songs are as salty as the Maine coast he calls home.


King Neptune & his Court, 2023 Maine Lobster Festival Delegate, and Black Beard visit the festival.

12:30 to 1:45 pm

Bards of Gungywamp, Main Stage

Playing traditional Irish polkas, jigs, reels and originals.

1:00 to 3:00 pm

Navy Ship Tour, Rockland Harbor

Tour the USS Gunston Hall. Minors must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. No pets or backpacks are allowed.

2:15 to 3:30 pm

Stream Reggae, Main Stage

Stream Reggae is Maine’s premier reggae band offering 100% authentic Reggae music from the heart and soul of the Caribbean. Combining deep roots reggae, soca, dancehall and zouk styles, Stream Reggae will be bringing a fun time.

3:00 to 4:00 pm

Piracy 101, Buoy Park

Everything one needs to know to be a pirate.

4:00 to 5:00 pm

Pirate Weapons Demonstrations, Buoy Park

A demonstration of the piratical arts.

4:00 to 5:15 pm

Jim Gibson, Main Stage

Jim Gibson blends his roots of Blues, Rock, Gospel and Country. Whether he’s performing on stage at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, or at the Lionel Hampton Blues and Jazz Club in Paris, France, his versatility surges before a live audience.

5:00 pm

Cannon Fire, Buoy Park

The pirates will be firing cannons.

5:30 to 7:30 pm

Defern, Main Stage

Self-describing their sound as “modern nostalgia”, Defern is an indie rock band based in Nashville, TN. Heather and Michael Defern’s music has a rich blend of influences from pop, rock, blues, and a dash of punk thrown in for spice. Heather is a native of Augusta, ME.

8:00 to 9:30 pm

Damn The Torpedoes, Main Stage

This Tom Petty Tribute Band has been mesmerizing audiences since 2007 and brings viewers the ultimate Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers experience!