Always in the mood for a celebration, Lambertville residents hosted the first ShadFest in 1981 to highlight the local art scene. The ShadFest tradition was born as spring blossomed, the shad made their way upriver, and the locals strolled through town enjoying the arts and crafts of their friends and neighbors.
Today, Shad Fest has grown from a local event to an award-winning tourist attraction, where tens of thousands of visitors come to our river communities to enjoy arts & crafts, live music, kid’s activities, historic shad hauling demonstrations, an amazing food court, limited edition commemorative T-shirts and lots more.
What is a shad?
The American Shad is the largest fish in the herring family. Every spring, shad migrate from salt water to fresh water to reproduce. Fishermen call this the “annual spring shad run.”
What’s the best way to eat shad?
Chefs prepare shad in a variety of ways. A lot of people like it smoked. One of the best local shad recipes is from Paul Eschallier of Bell’s Tavern: Shad & Shrimp Fritters. Yum.
What if I don’t like fish?
No worries, Shad Fest welcomes lovers of all foods. There are so many things to do, see and eat at Shad Fest; you’ll love it whether you like fish or not. Spend some time exploring www.shadfest.com to plan your perfect day!
Is there a rain date?
The fun doesn’t stop in Lambertville due to a few rain drops. Shad Fest takes place rain or shine. Be sure you dress for the weather. A wise friend once told me, “There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.”