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HIGHLANDS, N.J. – Food and Music lovers will fill the streets at the Highlands Business Partnership’s 21st Annual Clam Festival from July 30th to August 2nd at Huddy Park on Bay & Waterwitch Avenues. The famous Clam Festival is a four-day spectacular event featuring a 120’ seafood court serving the freshest food from many of Highlands’ famous restaurants. Admission and parking is free, and the event takes place rain or shine.

The 21st Annual Clam Fest will feature a 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 and Paladin Amusements will provide an action packed game court. Portions of Waterwitch and Bay Avenues will be closed to street traffic to accommodate the specialty vendor’s marketplace and the succulent food court with many popular Highland’s restaurants such as Bahrs, Moby’s, Chilangos, Francesco’s and Lusty Lobster. Other festival favorites include the Highlands Fire Department BBQ tent.

On Thursday, July 30th, the action takes place from 6:00 to 10:00 PM. Opening night, is “Pay One Price Bracelet Night,” when visitors can enjoy the amusement rides all night from 6:00 -10 pm. The Phil Engel Band will perform and DJ Cyclone will emcee the festival and play all your favorite tunes.

Clamfest hours are 6:00 to 11:00 PM on Friday, July 31st, with entertainment by The British Invasion Tribute Band, A nostalgic musical tribute to the ENTIRE 60s British Invasion Era. They will be performing from 7:00 – 10:00PM. On Saturday, August 1st, the festival begins at noon, with the Highlands Community Singers featuring their hit, “Happy As A Clam”; Midnight Mosaic is on stage from 12:30 – 3:30 PM followed by the Carl Gentry Band from 4:00 – 7:00PM. The Moroccan Sheepherders will take the stage from 7:00 – 11:00.

Clamfest hours on Sunday, August 2nd, are noon to 8:00 PM with Pay-One-Price ride bracelets available. The Chris Morrisy Band will be performing on the stage from 12:00 – 3:00 PM. The popular BABY COSTUME CONTEST, “A Day at the Shore” directed by Tim Hill, the Borough Administrator and the Highlands Department of Recreation takes place at 1:00 pm on Sunday in Huddy Park. The Clamfest’s world-class CLAM-SHUCKING COMPETITION kicks off at 3:00 PM sponsored by Lusty Lobster and has a 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizewinner to the person who finishes shucking their Clams first. The famous ALL YOU CAN EAT CLAM CONTEST sponsored by Certified Clam Company 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 from their bucket in five (5) minutes. The ALL YOU CAN EAT CLAM CONTEST will be limited to twenty entries. Registration for ALL Contests begins at Noon. At 4:00 PM, the Me & Bobby D Band will take the stage. The Highlands Business Partnership’s “King of the Clam” super 50/50 drawing will be drawn on Sunday, August 2nd at 9PM.

Clamfest 2015 is made possible with the generous support of our sponsors including Seastreak, Comcast NBC Universal, WRAT 95, Hufnagel Tree Experts, T&M Associates, Shore Point Distributing Company, Montecalvo Recycling and TriBar Services.

For more information on the Highlands Business Partnerships events or programs, please call 732-291-4713

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No Dogs, Bikes or Skateboards

Call 732-291-4713 for more Clamfest info.


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Phil Engel Band 7:00PM

The British Invasion Tribute 7:00PM

Highlands Community Singers 12:00PM
Midnight Mosaic 12:30PM
Carl Gentry Band 4:00PM
The Moroccan Sheepherders 7:00PM

Chris Morrisy Band 12:00PM
Me & Bobby D Band 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)


Clam Fest Sponsors