Clam Festival Highlands New Jersey 2024 Guide

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The clams were the original reason for having a Clam Festival in Highlands, New Jersey, and a delicious reason at that.  But in the last 28 years, the festival has become so much more!  It has been extended to 3 days.  It still has clams, but they’re joined by other food.  The festival has rides and kids’ activities.  And there’s music on the Clam Fest Stage throughout the festivities.  And fun will be had by all.

The Clam Festival will be happening on August 1, 2 and 3, 2024, at Huddy Park on Bay and Waterwatch Avenues.  Portions of these avenues will be closed off to street traffic.  This is where the carnival rides, games, children’s activities, contests and more will be.

On Thursday, the Clam Festival will begin at 6 pm.  Music on the Clam Fest Stage will be Soul Seduction.  They are a 6 piece high energy cover band from New Jersey.  They play your favorites from the 60s up to today.  The festival will end at 10 pm on Thursday night.

Clams and seafood will be available at the festival.  You’ll also have food trucks with a variety of menus.  If you’re a land lubber, you’ll find something you’ll like here.  Festival favorites include the Lions Club Funnel Cakes and the Highlands Fire Department BBQ tent.

The Clam Festival will  feature a Beer, Wine & Sangria Garden on the corner of Waterwatch and Bay Avenues.

Live Entertainment

On Friday, August 2, the festival will open at 6 pm.  Johnny 5 Is Alive will be playing on the Clam Fest Stage.  They are a cover band from Springfield, New Jersey.  They take popular covers and put a reggae ska beach vibe to  them.  The festivities will end at 11 pm.

On Saturday, the Clam Festival will begin at noon.  The Wallnutz will be appearing on the Clam Fest Stage at noob,  They are a high energy Jersey Shore Rock & Roll cover band.

At 4 pm, the Jonzers will be playing.  They are a Keyport, New Jersey, cover band.  At 8 pm. Sensational Soul Cruisers will be performing your favorite Motown, Soul and R&B classics.


To commemorate the festival’s 29th anniversary, there will be a fireworks display at Snug Harbor Beach at 10 pm.  


The Clam Festival will have free admission and parking will also be free.


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If you’d like to visit Highlands for the Clam Festival, here are apartments, homes, condos and other rental units that might be perfect for your trip.  Take a look at these rental options.