Shad Fest, Lambertville's Historic Shad Festival

April 23 & 24, 2022
11am - 5pm both days
Shad Fest 2022

39 Years of Fun, Family, and Fish!

Brought to you by the Greater Lambertville Chamber of Commerce

Welcome to Shad Fest 2022

2022 Shad Fest Sponsors

Thank you to all our volunteers, sponsors, vendors, visitors, and art bidders for another fun and successful ShadFest 2022!

Presenting Sponsor: Capital Health
Presenting Sponsor
digital media sponsor
print media sponsor
Jersey Girlz

What Is Shad Fest 2022?

This year’s Shad Fest features 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.

New to the year are children’s activities, home & garden section, and farmer’s market. Local’s Lane will feature artists from the Lambertville/New Hope area.

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 Parents: Should children lose track of their parents (we know, you wander off when you see that wonderful artistic item that you must have for your home… it happens!), all children will be escorted to the Shad Fest tee shirt sales table in the Food Court. They will be available for pick up once the lost parents are recovered. See the purple box on the festival map, should you continue to be lost.


Do you want to be a part of Shad Fest this year? Get an exclusive T-Shirt just for volunteers and some other surprises!

Vendors, Arts, Crafts, Food Court

Everything from taco salads to fried Calamari! There will also be the tried and true favorites: hot dogs, fried Oreos, hamburgers, fries, Hawiian BBQ, gyros, and fresh lemonade for the traditionalists! 

For your pet’s safety in large crowds, please leave your dog, cat, ferret, python, or pet rocks at home.

Wish to be a vendor? Please complete the vendor application ->

The festival has evolved from a local art show into a nationally recognized award-winning event.

ShadFest features the area’s finest artists and crafters, great food, and family entertainment.

Additionally, the two-day extravaganza also serves as a venue for local non-profit organizations to raise necessary operating funds.

Shad Fest & Poster Art Auction

Original Art: Poster Art Display & Auction

Created and Donated by Local Artists

The posters will be on display, Saturday, April 23 from 11 am -5:30 pm and Sunday, April 24 from 11 am – 2 pm. At 2 pm on Sunday, the Silent Auction will close. The Live Auction will begin at 3 PM on Sunday, April 24th. (local’s preview party on Friday evening April 22nd from 6pm – 9pm)

First Presbyterian Church, 27 N. Union St, Lambertville, NJ

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.

All proceeds from the Shad Fest Art Auction go to the Jim Hamilton Shad Festival Scholarship Fund.


Jim Hamilton Shad Festival Scholarship Fund

The Greater Lambertville Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the 2022 Jim Hamilton Shad Festival Scholarship Fund.

“We had an amazing group of students last year,” said Shad Festival scholarship co-chairs Jane Wesby and Amy Coss. “The selection process was highly competitive. We were deeply inspired by the six students we interviewed. We strongly encourage all eligible students to apply this year. The community works hard to earn this money, and it is a delight to help fund the next generation of artists.”

Scholarship Requirements

The scholarship is open to any graduating high school senior, age 20 or under, pursuing a degree in the fine or performing arts. Applicants must reside in Lambertville, Milford, Stockton or Frenchtown, New Jersey or New Hope, Centre Bridge, Lumberville, Point Pleasant, Upper Black Eddy or Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania. Students can be matriculating at a public or private institution.

Funding The Scholarship

The Jim Hamilton Shad Festival Scholarship is funded through the combined efforts of local businesses who support the auction, our generous community of artists who donate their art for this cause, the patrons who fund the scholarship through their purchase of the art and the hundreds of volunteers who make the whole thing happen. The Scholarship has awarded over half a million dollars to talented students since 1981. Last year, two students were each awarded $10,000.

Applying For Scholarship

Applications are due by April 4, 2022, and students must be available for an interview on the 11th, 12th, and 13th.

More information can be obtained by calling the Greater Lambertville Chamber of Commerce at 609-397-0055.

Tax-Deductable Donations

Individuals or businesses wishing to make a donation to the Jim Hamilton scholarship fund can do so by making a check payable to the Delaware River Towns Charities/Jim Hamilton Shad Festival Scholarship Fund in care of the Greater Lambertville Chamber ofCommerce, PO Box 210 Lambertville, NJ 08530. Donations are tax-deductible as the scholarship fund is an IRS-recognized 501c3.

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