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Five summer road trips to take in the name of lobster

Obey the claws of attraction.

Morgan Mullin Jun 21, 2018 1:00 AM

June 29-July 1
Lobster Bash
Digby's annual celebration of the local lobster industry is a great excuse to drive across the province for some grade-a seafood, but the fun doesn't stop there: The three-day fest also features the Lobster Bash Showdown wrestling match—which boasts the town's first ever casket match—and a visit from Little Ray's Reptile Zoo. Digby, lobsterbash.blogspot.com

June 29-July 8
Shediac Lobster Festival
Get your fill of world-class seafood and Acadian culture at this celebration held in the hometown of the world's largest lobster. A deeply Instagrammable midway fair fills the time between feasts with vintage-y fun. shediaclobsterfestival.ca

July 6-8
The Pictou Lobster Carnival
Since 1934, this celebration of the end of lobster fishing season has been bringing people to the twee town of Pictou to take in events like live music, an antique car show, lobster boat races and waterfront fireworks. Pictou, pictoulobstercarnival.ca

July 12-14
Summerside Lobster Carnival
While the call of PEI's red-sand beaches make many tourists heed the call of a summer visit, those of you who need convincing should consider this super-swell dose of vintage fun: There's lobster, natch, plus lots of live music, circus performers and a Midway that'll hold you over until Bill Lynch comes to town. Summerside, PEI, summersidelobstercarnival.website

July 12-15
Seaside Lobsterfest
Five Cape Breton towns celebrate their lobster fishing tradition with this four-day fest that sees you feasting on the ocean's bounty at a host of local restaurants. Lobster trivia, live music and a mermaid spa for little ones rounds out the days, while diehard lobster lovers won't wanna miss the claw-crushing action of the closing lobster dinner on July 15 at Jiggs. Cape Breton, seasidelobsterfest.com

July 21
LobsterPalooza
2b Theatre Company's super-summery, lobster-themed fundraiser returns, encouraging you to support internationally acclaimed local theatre by cracking claws (or digging into steak or vegetarian options) on the scenic Herman's Island while local wine and beer flows. Live music and an auction rounds out the good times. $100-115, 902-453-6267, 2btheatre.com

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