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2016 Shad Festival


Save the date! Lambertville’s 35th Annual Shad Festival is happening Saturday, April 30, and Sunday, May 1 — taking over four blocks of downtown Lambertville, filling the streets with artists and specialty vendors.

The festival began in 1981 as a method of highlighting the great local art that Lambertville has to offer.  It coincided with the first blooms of Spring and the annual shad run, when the largest fish in the herring family – the American Shad – migrates from salt water to fresh water to reproduce.  The festival has grown from a local celebration to an award-winning regional event.

Photo credit: Stephen Harris

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Chefs prepare shad in a variety of tasty ways – Smoked Shad,  Shad & Shrimp Fritters (a specialty created by Paul Eschallier of Bell’s Tavern), Shad Sandwiches, and more. If fish isn’t your thing, you will not be disappointed. The line-up includes a variety of food vendors, artisan shopping, and live entertainment. This year will mark the return of a live music stage with bands playing throughout both days.

On Sunday, there is an auction of one-of-a-kind posters created by local artists, with all proceeds supporting scholarships for local high school students pursuing a higher education in the arts.

Discover more information about 2016 Shad Festival:

2016 Shad Fest Poster Preview
Shad Fest Poster Auctions & Gala
Shad Fest Musical Line-Up
Shad Fest Food Preview

Photo credit: Stephen Harris

Photography by Stephen Harris (

Photo credit: Stephen Harris

Photography by Stephen Harris (

Photo credit: Stephen Harris

Photography by Stephen Harris (







  1. Anubha Dey

    April 5, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    This festival is called Shadfest. I understand celebrating the fish named SHAD.
    My question : Will there be fresh SHAD available to purchase?
    I will be waiting for your reply.
    Thank you.

    Anubha Dey

    • Carmel Giberson

      April 14, 2016 at 12:44 pm

      In the past years when I have gone some of the vendors COOK shad for the tasting. I have NOT seen where you can buy the fish to take home to cook. That is all I know from attending the shadfest.

    • Pam Baker

      April 28, 2016 at 1:42 pm

      The Lewis Fishery fishes on both Saturday and Sunday. They are able to sell what is in their nets on Saturday, unfortunately, not on Sunday. The cost is $6 for roe, $4 for buck, and they are sold whole. Times of the hauls are: 10:30a & 1:00p Saturday. Demonstration haul Sunday at 1:00p on Lewis Island.

  2. Abbie Devers

    April 5, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    I am looking for info on how to be a vendor for this years Shad Fest.
    Please email me at [email protected] or call at 267-307-2481.
    Thank you very much,
    Abbie Devers

  3. Jackie Mello

    April 6, 2016 at 5:23 pm


  4. Kim Watson

    April 12, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    I would like to request information about the upcoming Shad Festival. I own a local food truck. Please contact me 609-721-1792

  5. Buddy

    April 15, 2016 at 11:41 am

    We might be interested in setting up a tent at ShadFest so please contact me with details via email or at 908-783-5995.



  6. K Whitman

    April 19, 2016 at 9:11 am

    Could you provide some info on the Rubber Duck race? When does it happen and what is the route? And, most importantly, how can I go about sponsoring some ducks?!

  7. Ban S. Hadfest

    April 28, 2016 at 4:41 pm


    Another year filled with tourists trashing our town while funneling monies to vendors from outside the area. I do not know a single lambertville resident who looks forward to shad fest. Traffic, trash, no parking, rude people, terrible food.

    Ban Shad Fest. ASAP.

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