April 22 & 23, 2023
11am - 5pm both days

Shad Fest: Lambertville's Historic Shad Festival

Welcome to Shad Fest 2023

Brought to you by the Greater Lambertville Chamber of Commerce

Welcome To Shad Fest 2023

40 Years of Art, Fish, Food, and Fun

In 1981, what began as a showcase for the local art scene, has evolved into a nationally recognized, award-winning event. Enjoy two-days, filled with hand-crafted art, jewelry, home goods, a variety of delectable food, music, and fun for the whole family! What is Shad? Each spring the Delaware River in Lambertville, NJ is home to returning Shad making their way back from the Atlantic Ocean to spawn before returning to the ocean. Local residents can be found fishing for Shad on Lewis Island, the only Shad fishery left on the Delaware River. Winner of “Best Event” by the Bucks County Herald, Shad Fest 2023 marks 40 years of festivals. Come see what it’s all about and why Lambertville was named “Best Destination 2023” by Jersey’s Best Magazine.

Arts, Crafts, Food, Kids Activities, Music, and More...

Come for the Arts & Crafts! Here you will find hand-crafted art, jewelry, home accents, treats for your pets. Visit the Home and Garden section for a carefully curated selection of goods for your home and garden. Local’s Lane is a quaint area filled with treasures made by Lambertville area artists.

Come for the Food! Throughout the festival, in the food court, and at local restaurants, taste some of the best festival favorites or dine in at local spots. The Vendor List will include Food Vendors once they sign up!

Bring the Kids! There is a section just for them to enjoy! Games, prizes, face painting and lots of entertainment.

Come for the Music! You can find local musicians throughout the festival and local restaurants. A list of music and locations will be posted here as they are confirmed. 

Remember to make your reservations NOW! Plan your stay at one of our many inns and hotels and make your dining reservations before they fill up. Follow the links on this site for more information about where to STAY and where to DINE

Poster Auction!

Created and Donated by Local Artists. Proceeds go to the Jim Hamilton Shad Festival Scholarship Fund.

Become A Vendor

Would you like to sell your crafts and art? Or perhaps serve your amazing cuisine to the thousands who migrate to Shad Fest Lambertville?

Shad Fest Map

Map coming soon!

Sponsorship

Multiple sponsor signage throughout the space AND you can provide giveaways if you choose to do so! Three sections are available for sponsorship: Children’s Area, Locals (Art) Lane, and Home & Garden

Volunteer!!

Do you want to be part of Shad Fest? Volunteers receive a free Shad Fest T-Shirt and other surprises.

Health & Safety

The health and safety of our festival attendees is our top priority.  Individuals who have tested positive or have been deemed presumptively positive with Coronavirus; sought coronavirus testing but have not received results; been informed that they may have been exposed to Coronavirus or have experienced any symptoms of coronavirus should not attend ShadFest. Please stay home!

There is no guarantee that you will not be exposed to Coronavirus by attending this festival. By coming to the festival, you acknowledge and agree that you assume the inherent risks associated with attendance. By attending, you acknowledge that you have read, understood, and agreed to abide by this policy.

Lost Children: Should children lose track of their guardians, all children will be escorted to the Shad Fest Operations/T-Shirt Table in the Food Court. Children will remain there until their gaurdian is located. See the purple box on the festival map, should you continue to be lost.

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