Long Beach Original Lobster Festival

September 9-11, 2022

Friday 5-10PM | Sat./Sun. 12-10PM

Times are subject to change without notice. Children 12 and under are FREE (food, drinks, and VIP Lounge are not included).

LOBSTERS ARE COMING TO Southern California!

Welcome to the official website of the the Long Beach Original Lobster Festival. Held at the picturesque Rainbow Lagoon in Long Beach. For many years the Original Lobster Festival has become a tradition to over thousands of festival goers annually.

The 2022 Original Lobster Festival will be held September 9-11 at the Rainbow Lagoon in Long Beach, California on grass with accenting trees and a seawater lagoon.

The Long Beach Original Lobster Festival returns for its 26th year of providing Fresh Live Maine Lobster, prepared to mouth-watering perfection in the World’s Largest Cooker. You can dance away the calories to a variety of popular artists throughout the day on the dance floor, enjoy tasty eats in the food court, kick back in the VIP Lounge, take a Free Souvenir E-Photo, check out the Arts & Crafts booths, catch some sports action at the Live Sports Tent, sip on adult beverages (beer, wine, specialty drinks — infamous Signature drink "Screaming Lobster" and Margaritas), and sing a tune at the Karaoke Lounge with a Live Band (Fri. & Sat. night). There is something for everyone, including kids, Magic Show, BalloonTwisting, Face Painting, Games and Inflatable Bounces.


Fast Times-Ultimate 80’s Tribute

Southern California’s biggest 80’s show. Playing all your favorites from the 80’s Depeche Mode, The Cure, Guns N Roses, Journey, Bon Jovi, Metallica and many many more.PLAYING FRIDAY.


A high-energy Rock N Roll party band. The band plays all the hits from every decade and are guaranteed to rock the party and make you move your feet! PLAYING SATURDAY.

Decades Dance Band

Playing the hits of the 70s and 80s — a hits dance party! Let’s PARTY!


Performs (true to the artist) modern Top 40 hits straight off the charts, mixed in with some classic favorites.PLAYING SUNDAY.

What is Best? Steamed or Boiled Lobster

We serve up the most delicious lobster by steaming (not boiling) Fresh Live Maine Lobster in the world’s largest cooker which steams 1000 pounds of lobster at a time to mouth-watering perfection.

There is no better way to enjoy lobster than to steam it. Here’s why: steaming is a more gentle process of cooking the meat and it preserves more flavor and tenderness than washing it away if you boil it. For true lobster lovers, steaming is the way to go. It is the only way to bring out that flavorful sweetness that is so heavingly delicious.
Rainbow Lagoon

Original Lobster Festival
held at the picturesque Rainbow Lagoon

The event is on grass, with accenting trees. The lagoon is filled with seawater, and maintained at park level, above sea level, through pumps. You can leisurely stroll along the water. Rainbow Lagoon is across from Shoreline Village and a short walk to the amusement zone The Pike.

A.J. Gibbs - Mr. 1 Man Show

REGULARLY THROUGHOUT THE DAY AND NIGHT. You are guaranteed to have fun. You will learn the basics and how to add freestyle moves to your dancing style.

Karoke Lounge with Live Band

Karoke Lounge (Fri. & Sat.) — SING WITH A LIVE BAND!

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT 7-10PM on the Second Stage. Included in general admission.

Join us center stage and become the lead singer of a rocking live band! Live band karaoke features a live band and custom scrolling karaoke tracks for you and your friends to sing along with the band. Choose from a wide selection of songs. Every song is presented with high-quality scrolling lyrics displayed on video backgrounds and stage props are included to dress up in. Everybody should be a rockstar once in their life so come join us and experience a new twist on karaoke.

FREE Souvenir E-Photo

FREE Souvenir E-Photo included with General Admission. We have quite the array of props from hats, leis, lobster claws, funny sunglasses, and it keeps going… When in the photo cabana, just hang loose and have fun. On a first-come, first-served basis.

Capture the moment adorning fun props in front of a themed backdrop. Share your souvenir ePhotos with family and friends.

The VIP Experience

Experience The Long Beach Original Lobster Festival in a whole different way. The VIP Lounge is an area within the festival exclusive to only a few. It features superb stage sightlines, front line privileges for Meal line, beverage of choice, all-day unlimited access to enjoy all the festivities and shade to keep you cool.

The exclusive VIP Seating Scenic Area is under a large canopy tent to keep you cool surrounded by a white picket fence accented with ambient light and trees, front stage with an exclusive VIP Entrance and Exit with access to the dance floor, Private VIP Restroom Facilities (ADA-compliant), access to a VIP Bar and assigned seating.

Come for the Feast and Make a Day of it. Fun! Fun! Fun!

U.S. Active Military Personnel FREE ADMISSION

Receive FREE General Admission with valid United States active military ID. Check-in at Will Call (at Main Gate 1 Entrance). Does not include food, drinks or VIP Lounge. TO GUARANTEE A LOBSTER FEAST, PLEASE PURCHASE A LA CARTE LOBSTER MEAL ON THE TICKETS PAGE!

International Food Court

Lobster rolls, sliders and even lobster-on-a-stick, there'll be a food court serving up all kinds of tasty eats, including non-seafood related items BBQ, Mexican, American, Chinese, Thai and other international foods and desserts, adult beverages (beer, wine, specialty drinks— infamous Signature drink "Screaming Lobster" and Margaritas) and of course, LOBSTER. Lots and lots of Fresh Live Maine Lobster steamed in the World's Largest Cooker.

Activities For All Ages

Live entertainment and activities for all ages. From live music, dance floor and lessons, free souvenir e-photo, live sports tent, magic show, karaoke lounge with live band, arts and crafts booths, inflatable bounces, face painting, games, VIP Lounge and more for you to explore at the scenic Rainbow Lagoon — our guests are guaranteed to have a good time.

WE GOT GAME — Live Sports Tent

Watch your favorite sporting event on our TV Wall while you dine and drink at the Long Beach Original Lobster Festival! Experience firsthand the highest-quality picture and heart-pounding college/professional sports action like never before. SPONSORED BY DIRECTV™

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Had a great time!

The music was bumping and the crowd was great! People dancing and eating! They had bouncy houses for the kids and even a live reptile display. Kids had a great time. The lobster was fresh and tasted amazing! Definitely will be back next year! — Mary T.


Went to the fest today with the family and had plans to just be there for a little while because it was too hot, but we were having such a great time we were there all day. The food was good and lots of variety, the music was great, all genres which everyone enjoyed, a play area of various jumpers, games, and face painting for the kids. I will definitely be returning. — Regina B.T.

This event was amazing!

The location was perfect and the grounds were easy to get around. Watching the custom built steamers cook hundred of lobsters at once is a show in itself, but having the staff crack the shell and serve it with all the fixings was really why we went. The entertainment was great and we danced all night. Great job! — Leon S.

We went on Friday!

Had a great time (plus we saw a bunch of old friends from all over the Southland).

We opted for the vendor food since we've heard first-hand rave reviews... and the reviews were spot on. Amazing Lobster fried rice, deep fried lobster tail on a stick, etc, etc. We were stuffed and the food quality was XLNT. The live band was super talented and hilarious on the mic. The live DJ was on the money too. Tip: Don't miss this event when it comes to town! — Randy C.

It's no secret...

I looooove lobster! And with ample parking, lots of tables and chairs to sit and eat at and some great bands, this festival was an easy choice!

The rainbow lagoon is such a great spot, the lagoon makes for a nice backdrop in the evening while the bands are on stage entertaining me all while I stuff my face with a whole Maine lobster! The VIP section is a total splurge but well worth it! The entertainment was great! There was a band on one stage and karaoke on another! Also, there was a photo booth with lots of lobster themed props! We had a great time at this event! The food was tasty and the staff was friendly. I'd definitely recommend attending! — Ada J.

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Thank You To Our Sponsors

The support we receive from our sponsors every year is tremendous. It allows The Long Beach Original Lobster Festival to continue in its quest to not only provide our attendees to the Festival with a fun and exciting time, but to continue giving back to our local community.