The Midwest’s largest Lobster & Seafood Festival, Great American Lobster Fest, will return to celebrate its seventh year at Chicago’s Navy Pier from noon to 10 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2, Saturday, Sept. 3 and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4.

The live lobsters 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 festival grounds are open to the public to enjoy live music and many different food, drink, and craft vendors. No lobster meals, reserved seating areas, or food/drink of any kind are included for walk-up general admission guests. 

Live musical performances will be featured on the outdoor main stage throughout each afternoon and into the night. In addition to the special arts and craft shopping, there will also be many family-friendly activities to keep the kids entertained as well. Bands will include Who’s Bad (The Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience), Aniba & The Sol Stars, Thornetta Davis (The Queen of the Blues), RICO! (a Tribute to Carlos Santana), The Smiley Tillman Band, Kysia Live Band, Marlon & The Shakes, Vibe Music Live, and Chicago’s Own Angela Martin.  Live DJs will also be performing throughout the weekend.  

Guests are encouraged to take advantage of the fest’s discounted presale meal options which also include access to reserved seating areas and a guaranteed seafood entrée at the fest.