The Great American Lobster Fest will return to Tom Hanafan’s Rivers Edge Park!
2019 Dates TBA
The Great American Lobster Fest is the Midwest's largest Lobster and Seafood Festival. To celebrate our 5th year anniversary, we're taking the festival on the road and heading to the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs! Enjoy live lobster flown in fresh from the cold waters of the East Coast courtesy of Lobster Gram® ! Plus live music performances, family-friendly games and activities, unique craft shopping, land food options, and cold beverages. We'll also have plenty of non-seafood items to please the whole family! What's not to love!?
-Advance Lobster Meal ticket holders will have exclusive areas for meal pick-up, separate from all other day-of food purchase tents. There will also be a private redemption line and seating area for VIP ticket holders.
-Our live lobster will be flown in fresh from the east coast, courtesy of LOBSTER GRAM. Additionally, the fest will feature a vast array of seafood selections, non-seafood related items, other exciting food vendors, snacks, sweets, and vegetarian options.
-The VIP Experience will take place within the festival grounds and in the climate controlled lounge with private indoor bathrooms!
-Live Musical Performances will be featured on our outside main stage throughout each festival day. In addition to the special craft and art shopping available at the festival, there will be a family fun zone to keep the kids entertained throughout the day!
IS THIS A FAMILY EVENT?
Yup! Plenty of fun for the entire family. Our festival will also have a family fun zone to keep the whole family happy! Please note: Kids over the age of 2 must have an ALL AGES VIP TICKET in order enter the VIP area.
WHERE IS THE ACTUAL FESTIVAL TAKING PLACE?
The festival grounds will NOW take place at the north lot of the Mid-America Center. Address: 1 Arena Way, Council Bluffs, IA 51501
ARE THERE ANY PRIVATE ACCOMMODATIONS AVAILABLE?
Yup! Our VIP guests will enjoy many special accomedations and if you're looking to book a party or table at our event please reach out to Info@AmericanLobsterFest.com
WHAT IF IT RAINS?
Should it rain, advanced meal and VIP ticket purchasers will have access to various covered areas throughout the fest so you may still enjoy your meal and experience. Major storms that concern safety may postpone, evacuate, or delay the event at the discrestion of festival managament.
CAN I BRING IN MY OWN FOOD AND DRINKS?
No, sorry. There is no outside food/drink permitted on the festival grounds.
CAN I LEAVE THE FEST AND THEN COME BACK IN?
Yes, feel free to come and go as you please, you just can't bring in any outside food or beverages.
ARE PETS ALLOWED IN THE FEST?
No, so sorry - only service animals.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
Our fest is totally casual! Do you have a fun festive shirt? Maybe some shorts with a lobster print on them? Wear them! Do you wanna dress to impress in VIP? Go right ahead!
CAN I BRING A FOLDING CHAIR?
Yup! But they are only allowed in designated areas. Please note that security may ask to inspect your chair.
LOST OR CAN'T FIND YOUR TICKET ORDER?
Fear note, if you forgot to bring your ticket, we can look up your order if you have the ID of the person who purchased the the tickets.
DO I HAVE TO HAVE A TICKET TO GET IN?
NOPE! General Admission is FREE!
Food & Drink Information
WHAT TIME WILL FOOD BE SERVED?
Day of festival Food will be available during the entire event. Advance Meal Pick up closes at 9pm each night. You must redeem your meal token and lobster entrée before this time. There are no refunds or exchanges for missing the meal redemption cut off time.
HOW DO I GET MY MEAL IF I PURCHASED A LOBSTER MEAL TICKET?
Upon checkin at the event, you'll be issued a wristband and meal token for you to redeem at meal pickup whenever you're ready! (Just get there before meal pick up closes at 9pm!)
WHAT DOES MY ADVANCED PURCHASED LOBSTER MEAL COME WITH?
Your Lobster Meal will include your choice of a WHOLE (approx 1.25 pound steamed red lobster) OR a Lobster Roll, all served with corn-on-the-cob, potatoes, a dinner roll, lemon wedges, and melted butter.
CAN I GET ANYTHING ELSE WITH MY MEAL TOKEN BESIDES THE LOBSTER MEAL?
If you don't want to redeem your meal token for a Lobster meal, there will be other options available at the fest, please visit the info tent on site for more info on this.
IS IT ALL YOU CAN EAT?
That sure would be nice, but no. We would have to charge a lot more for everything if that were the case. Your meal should fill you up, but If you're still hungry, there will be plenty of other food options available for purchase.
IS THERE A PLACE TO SIT AND ENJOY MY FOOD?
Yes - there is plenty of seating and tables scattered all around the fest. They are all first come first serve and we would like to encourage our festival goers to share tables with those looking to sit down and eat. Advance meal purchasers and VIP ticket holders will also have access to special reserved areas that are also first come first serve.
WHAT TIME WILL DRINKS BEGIN TO BE SERVED?
Drinks are sold starting right when the gates open and go until 10:30pm on Friday and Saturday and 9:00pm on sunday. The VIP bar may stay open later.
HOW MUCH IS THE FOOD?
Given the nature of seafood - we have to price with the market, so we will not know what the final pricing is until right before the fest. We do know that items will range from about $6 to $34 depending on the current market on the east coast.