Highlands 23rd Annual Clam Fest


Food and Music lovers will fill the streets at the Highlands Business Partnership’s 23rd Annual Clam Fest from August 3rd to August 6th at Huddy Park on Bay & Waterwitch Avenues. The famous Clam Fest is a four-day spectacular event featuring a 120’ seafood court serving the freshest food from many of Highlands’ restaurants. Other festival favorites include the Lions Club Funnel Cakes, and the Highlands Fire Department BBQ tent. Admission and parking is free, and the event takes place rain or shine.

The 23rd Annual Clam Fest will feature a huge Beer and Wine Garden on the corner of Waterwitch and Bay Avenues sponsored by Shore Point Distributing Company. Blue-sky Amusements will set up the midway with portions of Waterwitch and Bay Avenues closed to street traffic to accommodate the thrill rides, games of chance, specialty vendors and the succulent food court.

On Thursday, August 3rd, the action takes place from 6:00 – 10:00 PM. Opening night is “Pay-One-Price Bracelet Night,” when visitors can enjoy the amusement rides all night from 6:00 – 10PM for $30. Local favorite, Brian Kirk and the Jirks will perform from 7:00 – 10:00 PM and DJ Johnny Jonze will emcee the festival.

Clam Fest hours are 6:00 – 11:00PM on Friday, August 4th, with entertainment by The Carnival Dogs, performing from 7:00 – 11:00PM. On Saturday, August 5th, the festival begins at noon, with the Highlands Community Singers featuring their hit, “Happy As A Clam”; followed by the That Band from 12:30 – 3:30PM. The Due South Band takes the stage from 4:00 – 7:30PM finishing with the Jonzes from 8:00 – 11:00PM

Clam Fest hours on Sunday, August 6th, are 12:00 – 8:00 PM with Pay-OnePrice ride bracelets available for $30. The Kootz Band will be performing on the stage from 12:00 – 3:00PM. The Clam Fest’s world-class CLAM-SHUCKING COMPETITION kicks off at 3:00 PM sponsored by Lusty Lobster and has 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes to the fastest clam shuckers. The famous ALL YOU CAN EAT CLAM CONTEST sponsored by Station One Seafood, will begin promptly at 3:30 pm. This is also a 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize contest to the person who can eat the most clams in five (5) minutes. The ALL YOU CAN EAT CLAM CONTEST will be limited to fifteen entries. Registration for ALL Contests begins at Noon. Frank James & Friends will take the stage from 4:00 – 7:30PM, which includes a special tribute to “The King”.

The Highlands Business Partnership’s “King of the Clam” super 50/50 raffle will be drawn on Sunday, August 6th at 7PM. Also, purchase a chance to win an Apple iWatch Series 2 and Apple iPhone 7; chances are $5 and the proceeds are to benefit the Highlands Police Explorer’s Learning For Life Program. There will be a raffle for “His and Her Beach Cruiser’s” from Kranky Cycles, and a Lego Gift Basket raffle.

Clam Fest 2017 is made possible with the generous support of our sponsors including Seastreak, WRAT 95, Hufnagel Tree Experts, T&M Associates, Shore Point Distributing Company, Bayshore/Montecalvo Family of Companies, In the Garden, and TriBar Services. For more information on the Highlands Business Partnership’s events or programs, please call 732-291-4713 or visit www.highlandsnj.com