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HIGHLANDS, N.J. – Food and Music lovers will fill the streets at the Highlands Business Partnership’s 20th Annual Clam Festival from July 31st to August 3rd 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 20th 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, Chilangos, Francesco’s and Lusty Lobster. Other festival favorites and a landlubber menu will also be available. The Highlands Fire Department BBQ tent will have their famous ribs, burgers, hot dogs and more. There will be plenty of novelty foods such as the Lions Club Funnel Cakes, Fruit Smoothies, Ice Cream, and much more.

On Thursday, July 31st, 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 Josh Zuckerman Band will perform and DJ Johnny will emcee the festival and play all your favorite tunes.

Clamfest hours are 6:00 to 11:00 PM on Friday, August 1st, with entertainment by Round the House from 6:45-10:45PM. On Saturday, August 2nd, the festival begins at noon, with the Highlands Community Singers featuring their hit, “Happy As A Clam”; Electric Ocean is on stage from 12:30 – 3:30 PM followed by the Jody Joseph Band from 3:45 – 6:45PM. Back by popular demand, the Jonzes will perform from 7:00 – 11:00.

Clamfest hours on Sunday, August 3rd, are noon to 8:00 PM with Pay-One-Price ride bracelets available. Root Glen 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, Steel Rail Blues will take the stage. The Highlands Business Partnership’s “King of the Clam” super 50/50 drawing will be drawn on Sunday, August 3rd.

Clamfest 2014 is made possible with the generous support of our sponsors including Seastreak, Comcast NBC Universal, WRAT 95, Frank Rahm Landscaping, Hufnagel Tree Experts, T&M Associates, Shore Point Distributing Company and supported in part by a grant from New Jersey Department of State, Division of Travel and Tourism.

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

Click here For 2014 Event Registration Forms

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No Dogs, Bikes or Skateboards

Call 732-291-4713 for more Clamfest info.


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DJ Johnny - 6:00PM
Josh Zuckerman 7:00PM

DJ Johnny - 6:00PM
Round the House 6:30PM

DJ Johnny
Highlands Community Singers 12:00PM
Electric Ocean 12:30PM
Jody Joseph Band 3:30PM
The Jonzes 7:00PM

DJ Johnny
Root Glen 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)


Clam Fest Sponsors