Belmar Plaza is now closed to parking through to 11 p.m. on Sunday, May 19.

BELMAR, NJ — Final preparations are under way to bring the three-day New Jersey Seafood Festival to downtown Belmar starting today, May 17.

The 33rd annual event is being held in Belmar Plaza, the centrally located parking lot between Eighth and 10th Avenues behind Pyanoe Plaza on Main Street. The new venue is about one mile west from its previous longtime location around Silver Lake, where it traditionally attracted crowds in the tens of thousands.

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And yesterday, borough officials and a crew of borough employees spent most of their day preparing the expansive parking area for the festival’s kick-off today at 4 p.m.

The New Jersey Seafood Festival will be held, rain or shine on the following days and times:

  • Friday, May 17:  4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 18:  11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 19:  11 a.m. – 6 p.m.


Since the festival is situated just steps away from the Belmar train station, attendees are being encouraged to hop aboard a train serviced by the NJ Transit’s North Jersey Coast Line. For the train schedule, click here or visit NJ Transit’s website to plan your trip.

Parking will be available along streets and in lots in the downtown district, as well as at the nearby Belmar marina along Route 35.

For more information, call the Belmar Tourism Commission at 732-681-3700, ext. 214. For the most recent updates, visit Belmar’s Facebook page. Make sure to use the hashtag #BelmarSeafoodFestival to contribute and see all festival posts.

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