The Delaware River Towns is following local and state government directives. Although the original date of Shad Fest is towards the end of April, there are now limited resources that are affecting this date. We will post the new date for the 2020 Shad Festival as soon as possible. To keep our community safe our Director will be working remotely while our physical office is closed. Please contact director@delawarerivertowns.com with any questions regarding Shad Fest or our local River Towns community.


What is Shad Fest & Poster Art Auction?

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.

6pm-8pm Reception

True to its almost 40-year history, the Shad Fest is a 2-day festival full of art,  crafts, food, and yes, shad! Hundreds of the region’s finest artists and crafters featuring everything – jewelry, ceramics, furniture, apparel, accessories, home décor and more! This is a rain or shine event.

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. Additional food and beer garden in the Lambertville Station parking area.

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.

For your pet’s safety in large crowds, please leave your dog at home.

Original Art: Poster Art Display and Auction

Created and Donated by Local Artists

Silent Auction Ends 4:30 pm Sunday.

Live Auction Sunday starts at 2 pm

First Presbyterian Church, 27 N. Union St, Lambertville, NJ

Over 200 original works of art, 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.

The Silent Auction begins at 6:00 pm on Friday, April 24th and ends at 4:30 pm on Sunday, April 26th. The Live Auction begins at 2:00 pm on Sunday.

Stop by the Church to see the art auction. Local schoolchildren’s art will be on display at the Justice Center, 25 S. Union Street.

All proceeds from the Shad Fest Art Auction go to the Jim Hamilton Shad Festival Scholarship Fund.

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“3 Shades of Shad” by Jennifer Chase

Thank you to all our sponsors, vendors, visitors, and arts bidders for another fun and successful Shad Fest!


Presenting Sponsor: Capital Health
Presenting Sponsor: Capital Health


Supporting Sponsors
Flemington Car and Truck


Shadfest Sponsors



Jim Hamilton Shad Festival Scholarship Fund

The Delaware River Towns Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the 2020 Jim Hamilton Shad Festival Scholarship Fund.

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Jim Hamilton

“We had an amazing group of students last year,” said Shad Festival scholarship co-chairs Jane Wesby and Amy Coss. “The selection process was highly competitive. We were deeply inspired by the six students we interviewed. We strongly encourage all eligible students to apply this year. The community works hard to earn this money, and it is a delight to help fund the next generation of artists.”

Scholarship Requirements

The scholarship is open to any graduating high school senior, age 20 or under, pursuing a degree in the fine or performing arts. Applicants must reside in Lambertville, Milford, Stockton or Frenchtown, New Jersey or New Hope, Centre Bridge, Lumberville, Point Pleasant, Upper Black Eddy or Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania. Students can be matriculating at a public or private institution.

Funding The Scholarship

The Jim Hamilton Shad Festival Scholarship is funded through the combined efforts of local businesses who support the auction, our generous community of artists who donate their art for this cause, the patrons who fund the scholarship through their purchase of the art and the hundreds of volunteers who make the whole thing happen. The Scholarship has awarded over half a million dollars to talented students since 1981. Last year, two students were each awarded $10,000.

Applying For Scholarship

Applications are due by April 3, 2020, and students must be available for an interview the week of April 13, 2020.

More information can be obtained by calling the Delaware River Towns Chamber of Commerce at 609-397-0055.

Scholarship Application

Tax-Deductable Donations

Individuals or businesses wishing to make a donation to the Jim Hamilton scholarship fund can do so by making a check payable to the Delaware River Towns Charities/JIm Hamilton Shad Festival Scholarship Fund in care of the Delaware River Towns Chamber of Commerce, 77 Bridge St. Lambertville, NJ 08530. Donations are tax-deductible as the scholarship fund is an IRS recognized 501c3.

The Delaware River Towns

From Lambertville to New Hope, Frenchtown to Stockton, Milford to Washington Crossing, there’s much to discover.

Shad Fest 2020 is Postponed Until Further Notice.

The Delaware River Towns is following local and state government directives. Although the original date of Shad Fest is towards the end of April, there are now limited resources that are affecting this date. We will post the new date for the 2020 Shad Festival as soon as possible. To keep our community safe our Director will be working remotely while our physical office is closed. Please contact director@delawarerivertowns.com with any questions regarding Shad Fest or our local River Towns community.

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