It's all about the lobster at the Maine Lobster Festival. Kelly Woods Photo

August 4, 2010: Maine boaters looking for something fun to do this weekend should consider a trip to Rockland for the 63rd annual Maine Lobster Festival (Rockland is the lobster capital of Maine), which runs from Wednesday, August 4 through Sunday, August 8.

A favorite event at the Maine Lobster Festival is the William Atwood Great Lobster Crate Race. The event is held at Rockland Harbor and takes place on Sunday. Photo Courtesy The Herald-Gazette at VillageSoup.

Rocky the larger-than-life lobster is a popular attraction at the Maine Lobster Festival and can also be seen in the Big Parade on Saturday morning. Photo courtesy Michael Whitman Photography.

The festival features a Childrens Codfish Carry Race, the Lobster Crate Race (where contestants run across floating lobster totes), and lots and lots of food. Over 20,000 pounds of the tasty crustaceans are expected to be served, along with other local seafood and fresh-grown vegetables. Also featured at the event are live music, a parade, a juried art show, and a lobster-cooking contest. Good fun for the whole family.

For information on getting to Rockland by boat and where to stay while in port, go to BoatingLocal’s Focus on: Rockland, Maine. Be sure to call the marinas ahead of your arrival to check on availability, or ask the harbormaster about availability in the local anchorages. The anchorages are marked on the charts in our “Rockland” section.

Video Library:

The 59th Annual Maine Lobster Festival in Rockland. Shot for The Bangor Metro.

The Maine Lobster Festival, Little Diaper Derby, August 4, 2009. While her competitor was much speedier, Rachel Louise Kinney stole the show.

Bay Winds Breakers Rock the Maine Lobster Festival in Rockland Maine with Brian Setzer’s Rock this Town. Directed by Marlene Hall, Bari Sax solo by Michael A. Leonard. August 1, 2009.

Angel sung by Sandie Galvez (Bedell) during  the 2009, Maine Lobster Festival.