Each year the festival highlights the region’s arts community, the City of Lambertville, the Delaware River, and of course, Lambertville’s favorite fish, the shad. The 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.
Visit www.lambertville.org for general event information. Come to the centrally located Chamber table and pick up your O’fish’l Shad Fest T-Shirt designed by a local artist.
Artists and Crafters: 80 of the region’s finest artists and crafters featuring everything – jewelry, ceramics, furniture, apparel, accessories, home décor and more.
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 flavorslike root beer, cream soda and sarsaparilla.
Family fun: Face Painting, Sand Art, and other children’s activities. Kids will go crazy for the rides because they’re back. 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 150 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 p.m. – the proceeds going to scholarships for students pursuing a collegiate career in the arts. Stop by the church to see auction posters. Local school children’s posters will be on display at the Justice Center, 25 S. Union Street. Visit www.shadfestposters.com for more information.
Music At Shad Fest
Shad Festival will feature live musical performances by local performers in a variety of venues including Lambertville Station, The Bank of Princeton, Lambertville House and Caffe Galleria. You’ll want to visit each one! Check back often as the lineups for each location will be posted as they become available!
Caffe Galleria 23 N. Union Street
SATURDAY (rain date SUNDAY)
1 pm Charlie Macarone
2 pm Dina D.
3 pm Russell Norkevich
4 pm The T-Mac & Phil Band
5 pm John Sonntag & The Tall Tones
These are the bands performing during festival hours; Caffe Galleria will also have live music at other times during festival weekend!
The Bank of Princeton 10 Bridge Street
12:30 pm South Hunterdon RHS Jazz Band
1 pm – 1:30 pm Student Band The JAR
2pm – 4pm Acoustic Road
12:30 pm – 2:30 pm Jazz by Ethan & Josh Fisher
3 pm – 5 pm New Hope Solebury Jazz Band
During Shad Fest weekend, the Bank of Princeton will be hosting a King and Queen Shad contest with the West Amwell Elementary School Second Grade Class. The children are creating Shad Fish that can be voted on by the public and a Queen and King will be crowned. Donations to the Second Grade Class to fund future projects are appreciated and a collection ‘tackle box’ will be present.
2014 Shad Fest T Shirt designer Liz Battaglia
Liz Battaglia, Lambertville resident, is a graphic designer with 12 years in-house and agency experience, a colorful background, and a healthy dose of ambition. She draws on past experiences and personal style to bring a unique point of view to her projects, and her personal motto is “Design & Conquer.” Outside of design, Liz enjoys singing in her band, The Bombshell Collective, and performing for The Opera Project.