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Mark your calendars for SHAD FEST!

Everything you need to know about the 37th Annual Shad Festival in Lambertville

As the weather gets brighter and warmer, the region slowly begins to wake up.  As the temperature rises and the days get longer, it becomes more and more compelling to spend time outside.  As a result, the region bubbles with events, outdoor and groups, basically any excuse to enjoy the fresh air and the river.
And so, there is Shad Fest. Mark your calendars for April 28th & 29th, 2018



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Get your 0-FISH-al (see what we did there?) Shad Fest T-Shirt! Come to the centrally located Delaware River Towns Chamber table and pick up an original 2018 Shad Fest T-Shirt designed by a local artist.

JUMP TO:  Food // Family Fun // Art Display & Auction // Live Music

What is Shad Fest?

Don’t let the name confuse you. The festival is named after a fish called shad, but the event is not completely centered around eating fish. The Shad Festival has evolved from a local art show into a nationally recognized award-winning event. Shad Fest features the area’s finest artists and crafters, great food and family entertainment, but the two-day extravaganza also serves as a venue for local non-profit organizations to raise necessary operating funds.  True to its 37 year history, the Shad Fest is a 2 day festival full of art, music, crafts, food, and yes, shad! Hundreds of the region’s finest artists and crafters featuring everything – jewelry, ceramics, furniture, apparel, accessories, home décor and more! This is a rain or shine event.
Special congratulations to Make Peace with Animals, who is celebrating their 30th anniversary of participating in Shad Fest!

In The Food Court:

Everything from taco salads to fried Calamari! There will also be the tried and true favorites: shad chowder, hot dogs, fried oreos, hamburgers, fries and fresh lemonade for the traditionalists! Don’t forget to try some of Wild Bill’s Olde Fashion Soda featuring wonderful homemade sodas like root beer, cream soda and sasparilla.  Additional food and beer garden in the Lambertville Station parking area.
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Family fun:

Face Painting, Sand Art, and other children’s activities. Don’t miss the fun and educational shad seining demonstrations down at Lewis Island where the Delaware River Basin Commission will be teaching us about how to test water quality.
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Original Art Display and Auction

Over 200 original works of art, created and donated by local artists, are on display during Shad Festival weekend in the recreation room of the First Presbyterian Church, 31 N. Union St. These works of art will be auctioned off on Sunday at 3 pm – the monies going to scholarships for students pursuing a collegiate career in the arts. Stop by the Church to see the art auction. Local schoolchildren’s art will be on display at the Justice Center, 25 S. Union Street.

Live Performances:

Schedule of Events

Friday, April 27, 2018 – Friday Night Live 5pm to 9pm
Music at the North Union Street parking lot featuring local bands, Nomad Pizza, Owowcow ice cream.
6:00 – 9:00 pm  Performance by The Shackers
Saturday, April 28, 2018
12:00-12:45 Performance by Tie Dye Hillbilly Band
1:00-2:00     Performance by Pyrenesia
2:30-3:30     Performance by The Lifters
4:00-5:00     Performance by Bass Board Band
Sunday April 29, 2018
1:00-2:00 Performance by  The Inflexables
2:30-3:30 Performance by Scoville Blues Band
4:00-5:00 Performance by Exit Row Band

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