DiverseCity Festival

Its a beautiful day at the festival grounds on green`s shore.

Come out and enjoy the Lobster festival`s last big day!

This morning a special treat!
10:30am – 12:00pm – Culinary Demo and samples – Main Tent – FREE
Chef Matt Dean Pettit and Chef Norman Zeledon – In partnership with The Department of Economic Development and Tourism, SOBEY’s, Foodland, Paderno, The City of Summerside and the PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada.

We will be selling GREAT LOBSTER COOKBOOK with celebrity Chef Matt Dean Pettit and author here to sign YOUR copy! Cookbooks on sale for $30 +HST (available on site or in advance at Credit Union Place)

Entertainment – FREE on waterfront outdoor stage at Green’s Shore
2:00pm – 10:00pm – DiverseCity Festival – a variety of performances on the Outdoor stage at Green’s Shore featuring a sunset concert by the Count and the Cuban Cocktail


TGIF everyone!   Come on down to the Festival Grounds on Green’s Shore
3:00pm – 8:00pm Sandcastle Building (Sandcastle Artist Maurice Bernard 3-6pm) – Green`s Shore
3:00pm – 8:00pm – Kids Summer Fun Zone – sponsored by Consolidated Credit Union – Green`s Shore
3:00pm – 5:00pm – Lobster Lego building – Green`s Shore – Main Tent
3:00pm – 10:00pm – Kids and Family Mini Midway – East Coast Amusements – Green`s Shore

Entertainment – FREE concerts on the waterfront outdoor stage in partnership withSMALL HALLS Inc.
3:00pm – 3:45pm – Amy and Rachel Beck – Green’s Shore – Outdoor stage
4:00pm – 4:45pm – Brett Gallant and Zak Doucet – Green’s Shore – Outdoor stage
5:00pm – 5:45pm – Taylor Sonier – Green’s Shore – Outdoor stage
6:00pm – 6:45pm – Nathan Wiley – Green’s Shore – Outdoor stage
7:00pm – 7:45pm – Dylan Menzie – Green’s Shore – Outdoor stage
8:00pm – 8:45pm – Jonny Oliver Band – Green’s Shore – Outdoor stage

FREE concert on the waterfront outdoor stage in partnership with Music Nova Scotia
9:30pm (at dusk) – SLOWCOASTER – Green’s Shore – Outdoor stage


Mi’kmaq Cultural Day

It’s Mi’kmaq Cultural Day everyone.

Come out to the Festival Grounds and enjoy immersing yourself into Mi’kmaq food, crafts and culture from 2pm on!

Amazing FREE musical performances will be on the outdoor waterfront stage as well, featuring Gary Sappier Blues Band tonight.

The Midway runs from 3pm-10pm and the Kids Summer Fun Zone runs 3pm-8pm.

At 6:00pm come enjoy Lobster Legends of the Mi`kmaq  in the Confederation Bridge Main Tent at Green’s Shore featuring Chef Matt Dean Pettit and Randall Angus of MCPEI – Cost is $15.00 – In partnership with The Department of Economic Development and Tourism,SOBEY’s, Foodland, Paderno, The City of Summerside and MCPEI.

See you later today!

Come on down to the Festival Ground on Green’s shore!

its been a great week so far…come on down and enjoy the fun today for Celtic day… Midway from 3pm, Kids Summer Fun Zone 3-8pm, LEGO Lobster from 3-5pm, sandacastle building, Step dancing competition from 2pm-6 then the finals from 7pm onward….See you there.

Volunteers wanted!


The Summerside Lobster Festival is just around the corner and we can`t wait. If you are interested in volunteering for the parade, our any of our themed and sponsored days, go to our volunteer registration page by clicking here.


Celebrity Chef Matt Dean Pettit comes to Lobster Festival!


July 13, 2015 – Summerside, PE

“Celebrity Chef all about LOBSTER and coming to Summerside Festival this year “

After a successful first year being rebranded as the Summerside Lobster Festival, the event is further expanding the culinary component of the week long festivities. The organizers are bringing in a surprise Celebrity Chef to do demonstrations, appearances and much more. Chef Matt Dean Pettit, is the author of the best-selling “The Great Lobster Cookbook”, the owner of three Rock Lobster Restaurants and on Food Network with Super Snack Brothers and he will be at the Lobster Festival from July 23-25.

“The addition of Chef Matt Dean Pettit to the event will be a huge draw and will help raise the profile for PEI lobster and the Festival” said Don Quarles, Executive Director of the Summerside Lobster Festival. “Matt loves everything about lobster and is looking forward to sharing his experience with us here on the island”.

“We are very optimistic the Festival’s increased culinary component and focus on lobster will draw more off-Island visitation,” said Minister of Economic Development and Tourism Heath MacDonald. “The Island’s delicious lobster is an incredibly important part of Canada’s Food Island, and a major export product.  By further showcasing our lobster with the addition of a celebrity chef, and additional culinary events, we expose an even greater number of people to one of the Island’s most delicious foods.”

Chef Matt will be doing demonstrations, talking about all things PEI lobster, doing signings of the Great Lobster Cookbook July 23-25 at Green’s Shore in the Confederation Bridge Main Tent. The Chef will be making a special appearance at Chrome and Crustaceans event on July 24th, which features comedian Jimmy Flynn. The Chef’s best-selling Lobster cookbook is available at City Hall in Summerside and at Credit Union Place and will be available for purchase at all of his events including cookbook signings at the Sobeys and Foodland stores in Summerside. Details of his appearances will be made available online.

“It is with great pleasure that the City of Summerside welcomes Chef Matt Dean Pettit as part of the Summerside Lobster Festival’s culinary events. We welcome his cooking demos, involvement in the Great Canadian Chowder contest and getting signed copies of his “Great Lobster Cookbook”. Chef Matt’s presence will raise the calibre and interest in PEI’s premier Lobster event. Thanks to all our supporting sponsors for helping to bring Chef Pettit to our City.” Said City of Summerside Mayor Bill Martin

“Hey Prince Edward Island! I’m excited to be part of Summerside festival’s new culinary component to explore all things PEI Lobster! As we know, all things are better with a little island love. See you all soon!” Chef Matt Dean Pettit

Click here for his YouTube greeting https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVdC6hn0wJo&feature=youtu.be

The Chef’s appearance is made possible by financial contributions from the Department of Economic Development and Tourism, the City of Summerside, the Sobeys and Foodland stores in Summerside and the Summerside Lobster Festival and will be integrated into the Festival line-up including Mi’kmaq Cultural Day and DiverseCity Festival in Summerside.


Summerside Lobster Festival – July 20 -25. Small City, BIG Festival 

presented by Curran & Briggs Limited

Steeped in tradition, the festival celebrates community, its culture and history with our world famous lobster. This family fun festival offers a week of activities and entertainment including the Tri-Lobster Triathlon, a parade, the Kids Summer Fun Zone including LEGO Lobster Building, Sandcastle building, Geocaching, Beach Volleyball Tournament, Cardboard Boat races, Lobster Trap Challenge, the Lobsterbowl Step-dancing competition, Youth Talent contest and much more! July 20-25.

The Summerside Lobster Festival is presented by Curran & Briggs Limited and is supported by the City of Summerside, the Department of Economic Development and Tourism, Community Partner, Red Shores at Summerside, Revolution Media  and corporate partners LEGO Canada, LOBSTER.ca, Consolidated Credit Union, ReGeneration, Vector Aerospace, Key Murray Law, Upstreet Craft Brewing, Eastlink, Summerside Golf Club, Confederation Bridge, Master Packaging, Anson’s Restaurant, Sobeys in Summerside, Foodland in Summerside, Starbucks, PEIFA, Spinnakers Landing, SOCAN Foundation, MBS Radio / SPUD FM, La Centre Belle Alliance, Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI, the PEI Newcomers Association of Canada, The College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada, Explore Summerside, Downtown Summerside, SummeRide, Tri-Lobster, GoLobster, Culture Summerside, Redrocks Pottery, Greater Summerside Chamber of Commerce, Generation XX, Journal Pioneer, PEI Association of Exhibitions, PEI Mutual, Shediac Lobster Festival, PEI Potato Board, Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club, Benevolent Irish Society, Scottish Settlers, Heritage Society Inc., The Summerside Boys and Girls Club, Small Halls, Music PEI, Music Nova Scotia, Pepsi, Triathlon PEI, Merrell, Louis Garneau, East Coast Amusements, Rock Lobster Restaurants, Penguin Random House Canada, ADL, Points East Audio, Centennial Collision Carstar, Rotary Club of Summerside, Starbucks, Tourism PEI and the many Friends of the Festival!


For information on tickets to these culinary events at the Lobster Festival, go to www.summersidelobsterfest.com   or call 902-423-1279



Youth Talent Competition

Youth Talent Summerside Poster – 2015

Come down to the Green’s Shore outdoor stage to see our talented young Islanders participate in The PEI Youth Talent Competition, presented by PEI Mutual Insurance Company and the PEIAE. The competition is a preliminary contest where a winner will be selected to go on and participate in the Provincial Youth Talent Finals.

Youth ages 13-21 will be competing in the following categories:
-Novelty Act

If you or someone you know may be perfect for this competition, please visit http://www.peiae.ca/youthtalent for further details and registration.

Summerside Lobster Festival Brings Cultural, Community and Culinary Activities to its Annual Event

Summerside, PEI – 2014 saw the rebranding of the event as the Summerside Lobster Festival and included new components, a waterfront location along with some traditional activities. The 2015 edition of the Summerside Lobster Festival’s week-long Festival (July 20-25) will offer community fun, cultural events /activities and culinary components including celebrity chef demonstrations, food samplings, special themed days, a mini midway for kids and families and much more. Steeped in tradition of celebrating the community, its culture and history with world famous PEI lobster, this event has been bringing residents and visitors together to enjoy family fun in Summerside for years.

On Tuesday, April 14TH at 11:00am at the Credit Union Place, the events and activities for the City’s annual Lobster Festival were announced and unveiled. This years’ event is being supported by local associations, organizations, corporate sponsors as well as Friends of the Festival and plans for an action packed week filled with family fun, entertainment and lots of Lobster are underway!

“I am pleased that the City supports this annual Festival and am thrilled to hear about some of the partnerships that have been developed with local organizations for this years’ event” said Mayor Bill Martin.

The themed days include Acadian Day with La Belle-Alliance; Mi’Kmaq Cultural Day with the Mi’Kmaq Confederacy of PEI and DiverseCity Festival with the PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada. New this year is an outdoor waterfront stage for entertainment, a Mini Midway for kids and families; Vendors and artisans, Lobster Fishing Boat Races and culinary components with LOBSTER demonstrations, samples and contests.

A reciprocal partnership with the Shediac Lobster Festival, that started in 2014 will continue this year and see individuals sharing lobster dinners. Back by popular demand are the Kids Summer Fun Zone, Sandcastle Building, Geocaching, Musical entertainment, Family Outdoor Movie nights and traditional Lobster Festival events: lobster trap challenge, cardboard boat races, Cox and Palmer soap box derby.

“We are excited about providing a combination of traditional events with newly created activities based on the community and visitor response from previous years. GO LOBSTER will be bigger and better. Last year, 18 specialty lobster menu items were featured AND thousands of lobster dishes were served up at participating Summerside restaurants. We can’t wait to see what area restaurant chefs come up with this year”. said Don Quarles, Executive Director of the Summerside Lobster Festival.

National sponsor LEGO Canada has been secured and local sponsors have already started to show their support. The Friends of the Festival campaign will be getting underway in the coming weeks, allowing individuals and families to support the Festival.

  • Here is a brief summary of the 2015 Summerside Lobster Festival activities:

Sunday, July 19th, 2015
• A premier endurance event offering something for kids and beginners to elite athletes – Tri Lobster triathlon (trilobster.ca)

Monday, July 20th, 2015 – Parade Day and “Acadian Day”

  • Parade – Theme “Oh to be a kid again”  a celebration of youth.

Music, food, crafts & culture in partnership with La Belle Alliance

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015
• Water Street Sidewalk Sale in partnership with Downtown Summerside Inc.
• Island Wide Youth Talent Contest
• Special performance featuring PEI’s own Meaghan Blanchard and her band

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015 “Celtic Day”
• Water Street Sidewalk Sale in partnership with Downtown Summerside Inc.
• Annual Greater Summerside Chamber of Commerce Lobster Luncheon
• LobsterBowl Step-Dancing Competition
• Summerside Lobster Festival Race Night & Seafood Night at Red Shores
• Celtic Day and Stepdancing Competition

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015 “Mi’Kmaq Cultural Day”
• Music, food, crafts, culture & sport

Friday, July 24th, 2015
• Musical Performances on the outdoor stage – Sponsored by Small Halls
• Sunset concert on the outdoor stage featuring SLOWCOASTER!
• 11th Annual Summerside Lobster Festival Beach Volleyball Tournament
• “Chrome & Crustaceans” Traditional PEI Lobster Dinner with Comedian Jimmy Flynn in partnership with “ SummeRide in Summerside Motorcycle Bike Rally

Saturday, July 25th, 2015 “DiverseCity Festival”
• 11th Annual Summerside Lobster Festival Beach Volleyball Tournament
• Celebrity Culinary Events – Featuring Lobster and other Shellfish Demonstrations and Samples.
• DiverseCity Festival – PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada

Sunday, July 25th, 2015
• 11th Annual Summerside Lobster Festival Beach Volleyball Tournament

Schedule subject to change without notice.

Keep up to date on changes in our schedule by checking with us regularly and by following us on twitter @peilobsterfest