"Voted One of the Top 100 Events in North America "

-American Bus Association

1996-2001-2003-2006-2007-2009-2010-2011-2012-2013

 

 

 

 

 

THE HAMPTON BEACH SEAFOOD FESTIVAL CELEBRATES 25 YEARS

OF WORLD-FAMOUS SEAFOOD AT NEW ENGLAND’S LARGEST SEASIDE FESTIVAL!

Join us for our extraordinary anniversary party!

 

Hampton Beach Seafood Festival History and Mission

 

In May of 1988 a small group of the Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce business owners and merchants assembled at the State Park on the southern tip of Hampton Beach to put on the 1st Annual Seafood Festival as a way to promote Hampton’s local restaurants and offer samplings of their seafood specialties.   While the weather did not cooperate and held crowds at bay, the spirit of the organizers was not dampened. 

 

In 1990 the Hampton Beach Seafood Festival changed location & date to where it is presently held at the center of Hampton Beach, the weekend after Labor Day.  The move necessitated the closing of Ocean Boulevard from H St. to the Memorial Statue and with it brought a dramatic impact to the Festival.  With Ocean Boulevard closed to vehicular traffic, a safe and enjoyable seaside pedestrian promenade was formed.

 

Now, 25 years later, with over 150,000 attendees annually, the Hampton Beach Seafood Festival has become the largest event held in the great State of New Hampshire and has been acclaimed as “One of the Top 100 Events in North America” for the last 13 years by the American Bus association.

 

Festivities include: Over 60 of the Seacoast’s top restaurants serving an abundance of mouthwatering seafood delicacies; 80 Arts & Crafts vendors promoting locally made products; hundreds of Ocean Boulevard merchants offering end-of-the-season sidewalk sales; a Kiddie Land with ongoing entertainment and games presented by Radio Disney; continuous culinary chef demonstrations produced by Pat Whitley; and two stages of continuous entertainment featuring top regional bands.  There are three “don’t miss” main events planned throughout the weekend the must-see  Lobster Roll Eating Competition and spectacular fireworks display on Saturday and on Sunday spectators will view an amazing Sky Diving extravaganza by Sky Dive New England.

 

Free parking and shuttle service is offered at over 13 in-town satellite parking lots.  The shuttle service has proved to be the fastest, safest, and most cost effective way to get to the Festival. With no cost and less aggravation, it has become the most popular way to attend and enjoy the festival for families and our volunteers.

 

Although the Hampton Beach Seafood Festival continues to grow and evolve; our mission remains the same.  For the past 25 years, the Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce and Seafood Festival Committee have helped put New Hampshire on the map as a vacation destination.  The Hampton Beach Seafood Festival has a profound effect on seacoast businesses, our community, and the overall economy of the area.  Restaurants, lodging, shops, and businesses in general depend on the Seafood Festival as the primary contributor to their bottom line.  Many business owners say it is even bigger than the “4th of July” in sales volume!  Dozens of non-profit organizations also earn a major portion of their income through revenues earned at the Festival, allowing them to continue to support their causes that benefit the citizens of New Hampshire.  The Festival, held the weekend after Labor Day, is also instrumental in extending the summer season.  The Seafood Festival adds to the quality of life of our business people, the community, the town, the State of New Hampshire and for Tourism in general.  But most of all, it is a fun-filled weekend in which all of our business colleagues, the community, 600 volunteers, and our friends pull together to put on a World Class Event and create lifetime memories for the 150,000 who attend!                                    

Come Celebrate the Last Blast of Summer!

Bon Appétit!

 

    

FESTIVAL
FACT SHEET

 

WHEN:  Weekend after Labor Day: September 5th,6th
& 7th, 2014


  • Friday - 4 PM to 9 PM

  • Saturday - 10 AM to 9 PM

  • Sunday - 10 AM to 6 PM

 

WHATA spectacular Seaside Festival (Ocean Boulevard closed to traffic) featuring:


  • 60 of the Seacoast’s top
    restaurants serving an abundance of mouthwatering seafood.  Choose from favorites like fried clams,
    shrimp, and lobster (steamed, fried, or in a roll) to non-seafood items like
    BBQ Ribs, “Blooming Onions” and sumptuous desserts.

  • 80 Arts & Crafts vendors
    promoting locally made products and hundreds of Ocean Boulevard merchants
    offering end-of-the-season Sidewalk Sales.

  • Continuous
    Entertainment on two stages featuring 15 of the top
    local Bands playing a variety of music — Blues, Jazz, the Oldies but Goodies,
    and even a little Rock & Roll!

  • Kiddie Land – Presented by Radio
    Disney with ongoing entertainment and games, face painting, train rides and a
    merry-go-round

  • Spectacular fireworks display —
    Saturday at 8:15 PM.

  • A "Don't Miss" thrilling
    Skydiving demonstration, Sunday at 5 PM.

  • Pat Whitley Culinary Chef
    Demonstrations Saturday and Sunday 11 AM to 4 PM.

  • A 200 foot beverage tent serving
    beer and wine!

  • A beach cabana bar featuring
    great bands in the sand!

  • 4th
    Annual Lobster Roll Eating Contest Saturday, 2:00 pm

                   

WHERE:  Ocean Boulevard (Center Beach) is closed to
traffic and becomes a pedestrian mall.

FREE SHUTTLE & PARKING
Free parking and shuttle
service is available at over 13 in-town satellite parking lots. The shuttle
service has proved to be the fastest, safest, and most cost effective way to
get to the Festival.  With no cost, and
less aggravation; it has become the most popular way to attend and enjoy the
Festival.  For a complete list of
available lots check out our website at www.hamptonbeachseafoodfestival.com  –OR– Park at the NH State Park (near Seabrook
Bridge, Rte. 1A).  Parking is $15 per car
with FREE TROLLEY SERVICE.

FESTIVAL
ADMISSIONS:
 


  • $5 per Adult on Friday and Sunday;
  •  $8 per Adult on Saturday


Children under 12 free of charge

SUGGESTIONS:

Wear comfortable shoes!  Do not eat before you
come!  Make an early reservation at one
of our fine lodging establishments. 
Bring your friends and family.  Please note:  Pets are NOT allowed per town ordinance.

INFORMATION: Call the Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce at (603)-926-8718 or visit www.hamptonbeachseafoodfestival.com

      

                       

Come Celebrate the Last Blast
of Summer!

Bon Appétit!