If you’re looking to squeeze a little more summer out of summer, check out the 17th Annual Hampton Beach Seafood Festival running today through Sunday (September 8-10, 2006). A mere hour drive from Boston, the festival has been heralded as "One of the Top 100 Events in North America" by the American Business Association, and includes seafood offerings from over 50 of the Seacoast's top restaurants, nearly 200 local arts & crafts and merchant vendors, a full schedule of events for kids at KiddieLand, culinary chef demonstrations, and live entertainment. Fireworks and skydiving also are on the schedule, as is a 5K road race (pre-registration required).
Festival planners have organized free parking and shuttle service from 13 in-town satellite parking lots; for those who want to park closer to the beach, Hampton Beach Trolleys offers free shuttle service from the State Park near the Seabrook Bridge.
Festival admission: Friday night is free, individual Saturday and Sunday adult admission is $5 per day or a 2-day pass is available for $8. Children under 12 admitted free of charge.