If it's September, it must be Long Beach, and time once again for The Original Long Beach Lobster Festival (not to be confused with the Long Beach Crawfish Festival held here last month, or next week's Lobsterfest at San Pedro's Ports o' Call Village, or the Surf 'n' Turf Lobster Festival in Redondo Beach at the end of the month). This is the place for tasty crustaceans flown in daily from Maine, steamed in what are apparently "the world's largest lobster steamers," and served with melted butter, sliced lemon, corn on the cob, coleslaw, a dinner roll and watermelon on every plate. The lobster love is in the air for a full three days, and there's more going on than just good eats: live bands include Peace Frog (a Doors tribute), Kofi Baker (a Cream tribute), Blackout (a Scorpions tribute), and assorted soul, blues and zydeco acts, plus arts-and-crafts booths, a children's stage with storytellers and magicians, DirecTV's Live Sports Tent, and adult-beverage gardens with specialty cocktails, like the Screaming Lobster (!).
Fri., Sept. 10, 5-11 p.m.; Sat., Sept. 11, 12-11 p.m.; Sun., Sept. 12, 12-10 p.m., 2010