"Voted One of the Top 100 Events in North America "
-American Bus Association
Hampton Beach Seafood Festival
History and Mission
Celebrating 24 Years as a New Hampshire’s Premier Event sponsored by the Hampton Area Chamber Commerce.
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.
The Hampton Beach Seafood Festival has evolved dramatically, and has been acclaimed as “One
of the Top 100 Events in North America”, by the American Bus
Association in 1996, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 , 2010 , 2011 and 2012!
Event attendance is now estimated as exceeding 150,000!
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 with 15 bands top local 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 thefastest, 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 24 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, 500 volunteers, and our friends pull together to put on a World Class Event and create lifetime memories for the 150,000 who attend!
WHEN: Weekend after Labor Day: September 6th,7th
& 8th, 2013
WHAT: A spectacular Seaside Festival (Ocean Boulevard closed to traffic) featuring:
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.
Children under 12 free of charge
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