Clamtastic Fun!

HIGHLANDS, NJ – Food and Music lovers will fill the streets at the Highlands Business Partnership’s 24th Annual Clam Fest from August 2nd to August 5th 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 24th Annual Clam Fest will feature a Beer, Wine and Sangria Garden on the corner of Waterwitch and Bay Avenues. 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 2nd, 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, Motor City Revue, featuring Layonne Holmes, will perform from 7:00 – 10:00 PM and DJ Johnny Jonze will emcee the festival.


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Clam Fest hours are 6:00 – 11:00PM on Friday, August 3rd, with entertainment by The Counterfeiters, performing from 7:00 – 11:00PM. On Saturday, August 4th, the festival begins at noon, with two great local bands, the Grimmer Twins; followed by Kevin Mulvaney & Friends at 2:00PM. Steel Rail takes the stage from 4:00 – 7:00PM, finishing with the Jonzes from 7:00 – 11:00PM.

Clam Fest hours on Sunday, August 5th, are 12:00 – 8:00 PM with Pay-One-Price ride bracelets available for $30. Highlands Community Singers, featuring their hit, “Happy As A Clam” will take the stage at noon. The Clam Fest’s world-class CLAM-SHUCKING COMPETITION kicks off at 2:00 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 Station One Seafood, will begin promptly at 2:30 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 fifteen entries. Registration for ALL Contests begins at Noon. Jersey Shore favorite, Brian Kirk & the Jirks, will perform from 3:30 – 6:30PM.

Clam Fest 2018 is made possible with the generous support of our sponsors including NJ Department of Travel & Tourism, Seastreak, WRAT 95, Hufnagel Tree Experts, T&M Associates, Shore Point Distributing Company, Bayshore/Montecalvo Family of Companies, and In the Garden. For more information on the Highlands Business Partnership’s events or programs, please call 732-291-4713 or visit

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Allan Dean is editor, publisher, and founder of the Atlantic Highlands Herald. Published since 1999 and selected in 2000 by the Borough of Atlantic Highlands as one of their official newspapers, making...