Restaurant Weeks and Food Festivals

From picking crabs at a table to haute cuisine, Maryland has that and everything in between. Many communities and their local restaurants sponsor a week-long experience so that you can eat to your hearts' content - at a great price.



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Summer Restaurant Weeks and Food Festivals

July 24 - August 7, 2017:  Howard County Summer Restaurant Weeks - Howard County Restaurant Weeks is a bi-annual, 15 day celebration of the local culinary scene. Savor the season as Howard County's top chefs serve up delicious dishes at fabulous prix fixe prices.

July 28 - August 6, 2017: Baltimore Restaurant Week - Baltimore is a delicious city. Try somewhere new, grab lunch instead of eating at your desk, have a date night (or three). Restaurants aren't skimping on the food, instead they are showcasing their chefs and menus in hopes of luring you back as a forever customer.

July 29, 2017: Trifecta Food Truck Festival - This food festival is family friendly with pie-eating contest, kids' playland, and a moonbounce.  Performing live bands include Chris Jacobs, Kelly Bell Band, All Mighty Senators, and Jah Works..  Food trucks are joined by local craft beer vendors. Don't miss the dunk tank and Mechanical Bull!

August 4-19, 2017: Baltimore County Restaurant Week - Restaurant Week features a variety of restaurants to suit every taste and budget. From fine dining and fusion to family dining and pubs, you can enjoy 16 days of diverse "deals" and local flavors.

August 12, 2017: Discover Dorchester Seafood Feast-I-Val - Join the Rescue Fire Company for all-you-can-eat at their 38th Annual Seafood Feast-I-Val at Sailwinds Park in Cambridge

August 13-20, 2017: Carroll County Restaurant Week - Sample some of Carroll's mouth watering cuisine while getting a terrific deal. Diners simply go to their favorite participating Carroll County restaurant and order off a special menu. Fixed prices depending on the restaurant for lunch or dinner. Visit website for participating restaurants.

August 18-26, 2017: Baltimore Vegan Restaurant Week - The mission of Baltimore Vegan Restaurant Week is to increase the awareness, benefits and accessibility of a plant-based diet through a fun, innovative and community-based experience across multiple neighborhoods. Visit website for participation restaurants.

August 19, 2017: Chesapeake Crab & Beer Festival - The Festival is an all-you-care-to-taste extravaganza complete with over 65,000 crabs, lots of beer, arts & crafts, live music, family fun and so much more! 

August 26, 2017: Mid-Shore Seafood Festival - Sponsored by Mid-Shore Masonic Lodges, all-you-can-eat steamed crabs, crab balls, clam strips, steamed shrimp, fried chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs, drinks. Live Music. 8th year. Rain-or-shine.

August 31 - September 3, 2017: National Hard Crab Derby - Crab races, crab picking, crab cooking & boat docking contests. Parade, games, rides, seafood, fireworks, arts/crafts, live entertainment; 70th year. Admission varies.

September 5-10, 2017: Silver Spring - Takoma Park Restaurant Week - A six day celebration that will highlight the variety of delicious fine dining options available in the Silver Spring area and Takoma Park. Participating restaurants will offer diners special two and three course menus.

September 8-17, 2017: Mountain Maryland Restaurant Week - Rise and dine in Mountain Maryland during this 10-day week of culinary delights - starting with a food sampling party in Downtown Cumberland on September 9.

September 9, 2017: Taste the Beaches - Local restaurants, wineries, breweries showcase their products. Enjoy the Kids Zone and visit local venues. Relax on boardwalks and beaches. Come out and explore Chesapeake Beach and North Beach, Md.

September 9-10, 2017: Maryland Seafood Festival - Endless summer fun continues at the 50th Annual Maryland Seafood Festival entertaining young and old with eclectic music, exciting contests & flavorful foods. Sand soccer, paddle-boarding, crab soup cook-off.


Events by month:

Jan:  Baltimore County Restaurant Week
Jan:  National Harbor Restaurant Week
Jan:  Baltimore City Restaurant Week
Jan:  Howard County Restaurant Week

Feb:  Annapolis Restaurant Week
Feb:  Calvert County Restaurant Week
Feb:  Chocolate Affair
Feb:  Havre de Grace Restaurant Week
Feb:  Wine + Chocolate Evening
Feb:  Annual GumboFest in Annapolis

March:  Frederick Restaurant Week
March:  Heavy Seas Brewery Happenings - Wing Festival
March:  Pancake Breakfast at Oregon Ridge
March:  Flying Dog University (of Beer)
March:  Colonial Rum Tasting with Blackwater Distilling
March:  Empty Bowls Baltimore
March:  Annapolis Oyster Roast and Sock Burning
March:  Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival

April:  Maryland Chicken Wing Festival
April:  Pork in the Park BBQ Festival
April:  Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival
April : Main Street Heat Chili Cook-Off 
April:  Taste of Catonsville
April:  Ocean City Restaurant Week
April:  Salisbury Restaurant Week
April : Talbot Restaurant Week
April:  Interstate BBQ Festival Hagerstown
April:  Savor Bowie Food and Wine Festival

May:  Ocean City Restaurant Week - continued
May:  Somerset Strawberry Festival - Marion Station
May:  Baltimore Wine and Food Festival - Guided Tour
May:  Baltimore Wine and Food Festival - Rash Field
May:  Naptown BarBAYq Contest and Music Festival
May:  Fine Art and Wine Tasting Festival
May:  Maryland Craft Beer Festival
May:  Wine in the Woods at Symphony Woods
May:  Good Life Feastival at Boordy Vineyards
May:  Festival of India - Ratha-yatra in Baltimore
May:  Soft Shell Spring Fair in Crisfield

June:  Annapolis Arts and Wine Festival
June:  St. Mary’s Crab Festival
June:  Taste of Wheaton

June:  Great Grapes!  Wine & Food Festival
June:  Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival - National Harbor
June:  Baltimore Wine Fest
June:  Interstate Wine Fest Hagerstown (formerly Taste of the Valley Wine & Food Festival)
June:  Taneytown Wine, Art and Music Festival
June:   Chesapeake Crab & Beer Festival
June:   Taste of Garrett
June:   Strawberry Festival Sykesville

July:  Baltimore Restaurant Week
July: Taste of Cambridge and Crab Cook-Off
July: Potomac Jazz and Seafood Festival
July: J. Miller Tawes Crab & Clam Bake
July: Tilghman Island Seafood Fest
July:  Howard County Summer Restaurant Week
July:  Trifecta Food Truck Festival

August: Howard County Summer Restaurant Week
August: Baltimore Restaurant Week 
August: Baltimore Vegan Restaurant Week
August: Seafood Feast-I-Val 
August: Havre de Grace Seafood Festival
August: Chesapeake Crab & Beer Festival
August: Baltimore County Restaurant Week
August: Carroll County Restaurant Week 

Sept:  Calvert County Waterman's Festival
Sept:  National Hard Crab Derby and Fair
Sept:  Maryland Seafood Festival
Sept:  Taste the Beaches in Calvert County
Sept:  Mountain Maryland Restaurant Week

Oct:   Taste of Bethesda
Oct:   Harvestfest Cornhole Tournament
Oct:   Maryland Oyster Festival
Oct:   Ocean City Restaurant Week
Oct.   US Oyster Festival St. Mary's County


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