Delaware River Towns
Brought to you by the Delaware River Towns Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau

36th Annual Shad Festival

This year the Delaware River Towns Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome Hunterdon Medical Center Foundation as the 2017 Shad Festival Presenting Sponsor!

Each year the festival highlights our region’s arts community, the City of Lambertville, the Delaware River, and of course, our favorite fish, the Shad! The Shad Festival has evolved from a local art show into a nationally recognized award-winning event. Shad Fest features the area’s finest artists and crafters, great food and family entertainment, but the two-day extravaganza also serves as a venue for local non-profit organizations to raise necessary operating funds.

Get your O’Fish’l Shad Fest T Shirt! Come to the centrally located Chamber table and pick up your O’fish’l Shad Fest T-Shirt designed by a local artist Jake Stephens.

Artists and Crafters: 80 of the region’s finest artists and crafters featuring everything – jewelry, ceramics, furniture, apparel, accessories, home décor and more!

When: April 29, 2017 & April 30, 2017 12:30-5:30 pm both days – no fee for admission – rain or shine!

In The Food Court:

Everything from taco salads to fried Calamari! There will also be the tried and true favorites: shad chowder, hot dogs, fried oreos, hamburgers, fries and fresh lemonade for the traditionalists! Don’t forget to try some of Wild Bill’s Olde Fashion Soda featuring wonderful homemade sodas like root beer, cream soda and sasparilla.

Family fun:


Face Painting, Sand Art, and other children’s activities. Don’t miss the fun and educational shad seining demonstrations down at Lewis Island where the Delaware River Basin Commission will be teaching us about how to test water quality.

Poster Display and Auction:

Over 200 original art posters, created and donated by local artists, are on display during Shad Festival weekend in the recreation room of the First Presbyterian Church, 31 N. Union St. These posters will be auctioned off on Sunday at 3 pm – the monies going to scholarships for students pursuing a collegiate career in the arts. Stop by the Church to see auction posters. Local schoolchildren’s posters will be on display at the Justice Center, 25 S. Union Street.

Live Performances:

Take in the talent of the Delaware River Towns. For the first time ever, seating will be available in front of the performances on Union Street in the parking lot. Plus, on Friday evening, Jules Pizza Truck and Owowcow will be on hand. Get a sneak preview of this year’s musician’s here.

Friday Night:
5:00  Roxey Ballet
6:00  The Paisley Pickles Band
8:00  The Shackers.

12:00 The Mondays
1:00  Jesse Eliott and the Falconaires
2:30 Scoville Blues Band
4:00 The Inflexables

12:00 John Sonntag
1:00 Pyrenesia
2:30 Jean Therapy
4:00 Exit Row Band


  1. William Burford

    March 8, 2017 at 8:43 am

    Interested in being a vendor for Shad Fest 2017.
    Cannot find any info.
    I paint pet portraits.
    Website: http://www.petsgraphique.comT
    Information would appreciated.
    thank you.
    [email protected]

    • JoAnne DelVecchio

      April 17, 2017 at 11:56 am

      I am sorry but Shad Fest has been sold out for over a month now.
      Call the Chamber in the Fall at 609-397-0055.
      Thank you for your interest, JoAnne, Chamber Assistant

  2. Joyce Gulick

    March 8, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    I live in CA and would like to enter the show. How do I go about getting the poster?

  3. Kim Downs

    March 11, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    I too have been trying to get info on being a craft vendor. I was told to contact the chamber.

  4. Kim Downs

    March 11, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    I too have been trying to get information about being a craft vendor.


    March 31, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    Thank you for your interest in participating in our Festival. The 2017 Shad Festival has been sold out since early February. Returning vendors are given first priority, followed by those who are on our wait list. If you are interested in participating in the 2018 Festival, we suggest that you contact the Chamber of Commerce in December. Once again thank you for you inquiry.

  6. Salahuddin Ahmed

    April 3, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    I am a Shad lover. Can we buy Shad fish from the festival. Or suggest a store where Shad will be available

  7. Lisa Martini

    April 24, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    I’m sure it is way too late for this year, but who is the person to contact about doing a demonstration at the Shad Fest? The Bucks County Academy of Fencing in Lambertville would be pleased to participate!

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