As reported in the Daily Breeze, The Redondo Beach Surf 'N Turf Lobster Festival kicks off its three-day run Friday night at Seaside Lagoon, and up to 12,000 hungry lobster aficionados are expected to raise their forks to honor the clawed crustacean that once sustained this continent's earliest inhabitants. The annual festival begins Friday night from 5-11 p.m. and then continues Saturday from noon to 11 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 8 p.m.
Now in its 16th year, the festival will feature meals of lobster and 8-ounce Angus New York strip steaks, in addition to live music and entertainment. The mechanical bull will be free to ride, and Dive N' Surf will offer free, stand-up paddle board lessons.
Lobster and steak isn't your thing? No worries then, because there will be plenty of cotton candy and funnel cake, candy apples and ice cream. Local restaurants will also be on hand with food booths.
Music will be provided by DJ Wynn, Danny Dean & The Home Wreckers, Woodstock Tribute, Elite Elvis Tribute by James Kruk, Motown Revue, the John Brown Band, Catch A Wave, Parrot Head, Paperback Writer and Cash Only, a Johnny Cash tribute artist.
There will be lobster hats and lobster T-shirts, lobster costumes and even a lobster lounge.
The Redondo Beach Surf 'N Turf Lobster Festival is run independently from other lobster festivals in San Pedro and Long Beach. Although smaller in size than the other lobster celebrations, organizers say the Redondo Beach event's intimate feel offers hungry visitors a unique lobster experience.
"What makes this event special is the venue, Seaside Lagoon," said Pete Moffett, event director. "We have ocean views, we have our own 3-acre lake."
The event is sponsored by the Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau. Tickets at the gate are $12 and can be purchased online for $10. Lobster meals range from $33 to $53.
Nearly 17,000 pounds of lobster will be flown in from Maine, where the creatures thrive in the cool, clean waters off the rocky coastline.
Here's what the Lobsterfest serves up for entertainment:
• Friday, Sept. 23 – 6 p.m.: Danny Dean and the Homewreckers, classic rock 'n roll; 7 p.m.: Ed Sullivan Presents, 50's and 60's music including Elvis Presley impersonator and a tribute to Johnny Cash; 8 p.m.: Couchois Brothers Bee Gees Disco Show; 9:30 p.m: Woodstock Tribute.
• Saturday, Sept. 24 – 1 p.m.: Cash Only, Michael Steele as Johnny Cash; 2 p.m.: Elvis Tribute; 3 p.m.: Motown Revue; 5:30 p.m.: Boys of Summer, Don Henley/Eagles Tribute; 7:30 p.m.: Pretzel Logic, Steely Dan Revue; 8 p.m.: The MVPs, 80s and 90s dance tribute.
• Sunday, Sept. 25 – 1 p.m.: John Brown Band, popular South Bay band playing California Dreamin' music; 3:30 p.m.: Parrot Head, Jimmy Buffett tribute; 5 p.m.: Catch a Wave, Beach Boys tribute; 6 p.m.: Paperback Writer, Beatles Tribute.
Tickets are $6 for Friday, $10 for Saturday and $5 for Sunday. Lobster Festival hours are: Friday 5-11 p.m., Saturday, noon-11 p.m., Sunday, noon-9 p.m. Lobster dinners are $30 and surf & turf dinners are $35.
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