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 (formerly Rockland District Middle School): 30 Broadway, Rockland, ME 04841

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 limited 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

7:00 to 10:00 am

Pancake Breakfast (in the Food Tent)

10:00 am

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

Shuttle will be delayed before, during, and after the parade.

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 2:00 pm

Bards of Gungywamp, Main Stage

Playing traditional Irish polkas, jigs, reels and originals.

2:00 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.

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.

5:30 to 7:00 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.

7:00 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!