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Food and Music lovers will fill the streets at the Highlands Business Partnership’s 22nd Annual Clam Fest from August 4th to August 7th 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 22nd 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, Lil John’s Construction and Frank Rahm Landscaping. 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 4th, 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 5th, with entertainment by The Moroccan Sheepherders, performing from 7:00 – 11:00PM.

On Saturday, August 6th, the festival begins at noon, with the Highlands Community Singers featuring their hit, “Happy As A Clam”; followed by the Phil Engel Band from 12:30 - 3:30PM. The Josh Zuckerman Band takes the stage from 4:00 - 7:30PM finishing with the Jonzes from 7:00 - 11:00PM.

Clam Fest hour on Sunday, August 7th, are 12:00 - 8:00 PM with Pay-One-Price ride bracelets available for $30. The Sam Sims Band will be performing on the stage from 12:00 - 3:00PM. The popular BABY COSTUME CONTEST, “A Day at the Shore” directed by the Highlands Department of Recreation takes place at 1:00PM on Sunday in Huddy Park. 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 the Highlands Business Partnership 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 twenty entries. Registration for ALL Contests begins at Noon. Steel Rail Blues will perform from 4:00 - 8:00PM.

The Highlands Business Partnership’s “King of the Clam” super 50/50 raffle will be drawn on Sunday, August 7th at 9PM. Also, purchase a chance to win a getaway to the Cayman Islands; chances are $5 and include eight nights, airfare, transfer fees, attractions and more! Proceeds to benefit the Highlands Police Explorer’s Learning For Life Program. Cayman Airways, Marriott Resort-Grand Cayman and Sunshine Suites-Resort Grand Cayman make this spectacular getaway for two (2) possible.

Clam Fest 2016 is made possible with the generous support of our sponsors including Seastreak, Cayman Island Tourism, Comcast NBC Universal, WRAT 95, Hufnagel Tree Experts, T&M Associates, Shore Point Distributing Company, Bayshore/Montecalvo Family of Companies and TriBar Services. For more information on the Highlands Business Partnership’s events or programs, please call 732-291-4713.

Click here For 2016 Event Registration Forms

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No Dogs, Bikes or Skateboards

Call 732-291-4713 for more Clamfest info.


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Brian Kirk and the Jirks 7:00PM

Moroccan Sheepherders 7:00PM

Highlands Community Singers 12:00PM
Phil Engel Band 12:30PM
The Josh Zuckerman Band 4:00PM
The Jonzes 7:00PM

Sam Sims Band 12:00PM
Steel Rail Blues 4:00PM



Boro of Highlands
Dept. of Recreation
Baby Costume Contest
(Register 12:00 PM in the Gazebo)

Lusty Lobster's
Clam Shucking Contest
($10 Registration Fee)

Certified Clam's
"All You Can Eat"
Clam Contest

(Register for food events at the gazebo 2 hours prior)


Food Court

Bahrs Restaurant
Beacon On The Bay
Chilangos Mexican
Chip Stix
Clam Hut
Lusty Lobster
Gyros To Go
Highlands Fire Dept.
Union Jacquas
Station One

Novelty Foods
Lions Club Funnel Cakes
Maui Wowi Smoothies
Speckled Lemonade
Northeast KettleCorn
Ice Cream

Clam Fest Sponsors