A long tradition celebrates a delicacy found along Pacific Ocean beaches— the razor clam. This mollusk was a staple for the Native peoples who originally populated the coastal areas and later an important food source for early settlers. We still savor the razor clam for its sweet, succulent meat. The Long Beach Peninsula Razor Clam Festival has celebrated this fast-digging bivalve by frying, frittering and grinding them for chowder.
Festivalgoers can enter contests, listen to live music and enjoy a chowder cookoff and a giant clam fry. Take a selfie at Long Beach’s own giant, squirting clam and browse the shops, galleries and eateries that line Pacific Avenue. During the festival, novices even get free razor clam-digging lessons. This family-friendly event takes place April 20-21, 2018. Find festival details at longbeachrazorclamfestival.com. To plan your Long Beach clamming weekend, go to funbeach.com.