Oyster love is universal so you can go anywhere in the country or the world and find a place to enjoy the fresh clams. If you are in the process of making a bucket list of places to go and taste a new flavor of your favorite delicacy from the sea, I have got good news. Yarmouth Clam Festival is held in the third week of July every year and it is abundant in oysters and fun.
Yarmouth is a picture out of a storybook with a bit of everything added to enhance its glamour. Fascinating Main Street, the port in the Yarmouth Harbor, and the space along the Royal are the pillars of its mesmerizing beauty. Every year on the third Friday in July, the Yarmouth Clam Festival is held. It draws visitors from all over Maine and the country.
There will be people with their beach chairs lined up on the side of the main drag even a few days before the parade so they can have the best view of the parade. Yarmouth Clam Festival has been a Maine summertime tradition since the year 1965. It is a celebration of the local community organized around the delicious Maine Clams. At this festival, there is no way that someone misses eating enough of Maine Clams.
This is what you should know about the Yarmouth Clam Festival.
Friday 15th of July 2022 to Sunday 17th of July 2022
Admission to the Yarmouth Clam Festival is free
This hours-long parade has over 130 participants. It includes floats, marching bands, antique cars, and unique entertainers from all over Maine and New England. The parade starts at 6 pm on Friday but make sure you are there before the streets close at 5.30 pm.
Activities for kids
There will be many activities for family fun games, face painting, mask making, Hula Hoops, Art Classes, Sing-A-Longs, Painting Mutual, Magic Shows, and Science Shows.
Please refer to the official website https://www.clamfestival.com for more information on the event and schedules as some events can be canceled depending on covid restrictions.
Free parking is available at the courtesy of Garmin on Route 1, north of Exit 17. There will be a free shuttle service running to and from this lot and the Festival premises all weekend in every half hour between 9:00 am – 11:00 pm Friday and Saturday; 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Sunday. Regular pick-up stops on Main Street will be marked with signs.
As admission to the Yarmouth Clam Festival is free, there will be fundraising parking lots, supervised by Yarmouth’s nonprofit organizations. These fundraiser parking lots aim to raise funds for the work the projects they have planned to do for the betterment of the local community.
These lots are identified with official Festival parking signs along Route 1 and Main Street. Fees will range from $5 to $10 based on their proximity to the Festival Center. If you are looking to support a good course, use the fundraiser parking lots so you will be contributing to the projects of Yarmouth’s nonprofit organizations.
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION FROM BOSTON:
- Amtrak’s Downeaster and Concord Coach Lines — both are very comfortable and pleasant options. They will get you to Portland. From there, taxis are available for a quick 15 minutes, 10 mile trip to Yarmouth.
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION FROM GREATER PORTLAND:
- The Metro Breez provides express bus service to Yarmouth which is within a walking distance of the Yarmouth Clam Festival premises and Freeport from the Portland Transportation Center and downtown Portland.
- There are nine-weekday trips (Monday – Friday) and five on Saturday. Please consider that this service is not available on Sundays. Regular bus fares are $3 each way; $1.50 for seniors (65+) and people with disabilities.
These are few recommendations for accommodation by the organizing committee of the Yarmouth Clam Festival.
Comfort Suites of Freeport
500 U.S. Route One
Freeport, ME 04032
Best Western – Freeport Inn
31 U.S. Route One
Freeport, ME 04032
Hampton Inn & Gatehouse Conference Center
194 Lower Main Street
Freeport, ME 04032