This month will be full of shelled seafood as the lobster festivals take over the weekends on the south coast.
The Original Lobster Festival kicks off the decadent month this weekend, returning to Rainbow Lagoon Park for a feast on steamed lobster, butter dipping sauce, coleslaw, melons, lemons and dinner rolls. The nearly 10 tons of fresh lobster comes from Maine and will be steamed live in large cookers.
There will also be performances by Lazy Brad Lewis, Bonne Musique Zydeco, Long John Hunter as well as zydeco dance instructions by A.
Other lobster festivals follow in the South Bay with the Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival from Sept. 12-14 in San Pedro and the Redondo Beach Lobster Festival from Sept. 26-28.
Lobster Festival: Enjoy juicy lobster, music and more. The festival takes place from 5-11 p.m. Sept. 5, noon to 11 p.m. Sept. 6, noon to 10 p.m. Sept. 7 at Rainbow Lagoon, E. Shoreline Drive, Long Beach. Tickets are $13-$68. www.originallobsterfestival.com
The Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival: Lobster feast, music and pirates. 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Sept. 12, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sept. 13, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 14. $10-$41; children under age 12 are free. Vegan option also available. lobsterfest.com
Redondo Beach Lobster Festival: Lobster grilled cheese, lobster tacos, open face lobster ravioli and much more. 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Sept. 26, noon-11 p.m. Sept. 27, noon-8 p.m. Sept. 28. Seaside Lagoon, 200 Portofino Way, Redondo Beach. $5-$53. www.lobsterfestival.com
LOS ANGELES, SAN FERNANDO VALLEY AND SANTA MONICA AREA
Los Angeles Greek Festival at St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church: Celebrate the culture and food Greece, 5-11 p.m. Sept. 5; noon-11 p.m. Sept. 6; noon-10 a.m. Sept. 7. Tickets $5; $3 seniors 65 and older; free for ages under 12; free for all on Sept. 5. 1324 S. Normandie Ave., Los Angeles, 323-737-2424. www.lagreekfest2014.com