Sunday, August 4

7 AM – 6 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 limited due to the parade.

All Day

Art Show 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

Kids Events

  • Children’s Parade
  • Cod Fish Carry
  • Lobster Eating Contest
  • Little Lobster Diaper Derby

7:00 am

Registration for the International Great Crate Race Opens, Information Booth

The line starts forming at 5:00 am and the limited number of slots fill in minutes. There is a fee of $15 for contestants 12 and older and $10 for children 11 and younger.

7:00 to 10:00 am

Pancake Breakfast (in the Food Tent)

8:00 am

5k & 10k Road Race begins near the main gate.

8:30 am

Kids Fun Run begins near the main gate.

Noon to 6:00 pm

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

10:00 am

Children’s Parade (Sign up far end of the Food Tent)

11:30 am

Cod Fish Carry, on the Main Stage


Lobster Eating Contest (Main Stage at Harbor Park)

12:30 pm

Little Lobster Diaper Derby (Main Stage)
Little Lobster Diaper Derby begins at the Main Stage. Sign up at the far end of the Food Tent.

2:00 pm

International Great Crate Race begins in Rockland Harbor. Sign up begins at 7am on the far end of the Food Tent, but spots fill up quickly, so we recommend getting in line a few hours early.

5:00 pm

Wreath Laying Ceremony (held at the public pier) King Neptune and the 2024 Maine Lobster Festival Delegate lead a wreath ceremony for fishermen lost at sea.