Aiken, South Carolina: Lobster RacesAs part of a festival, the races are held only one evening every year, but they attract a lot of lobsters.
Great American Lobster Race
- Newberry St. SW, Aiken, SC
- Downtown, on Newberry St. SW, which for the festival and races is blocked off to traffic between Park Ave. SW and Augusta Aiken Rd.
- Evening of the first Friday in May. (Call to verify)
Visitor Tips and News About Lobster Races
The 2015 Lobster Race is cancelled until next year because it got too popular. It will be held on the first Saturday of May starting next year.[Jennifer Gilmore, 04/29/2015]
The lobster races were very exciting. There is a fee, but you can actually race a lobster.[Kathleen Whelan, 06/08/2013]
As the story goes, the city of Aiken began the Lobster Races as a spoof of the Kentucky Derby. Regardless, you can still see live Maine racing lobsters during the month of May in the city's downtown festival area. The winner is allowed to go free. Beach music and lots of food round out the festival.[Christy, 02/14/2004]
The races are held the Friday of the first weekend in May, on the evening before the Kentucky Derby. In 2011 there were 100 lobster contestants. June 2013: Photo added.