September is for Seafood




Only-In-Maryland Seafood Feasts

We Marylanders are modest folk, except when it comes to one thing. We have hands-down the best seafood in the world, and there’s no better time to celebrate that than during Summer and Fall months. Check out these amazing seafood festivals that bring together great people, amazing music, big-time family fun, and did we mention the best seafood in the world?

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1 Fort McHenry Crab Feast

July 29, 2017
4th Annual Crab Feast at Fort McHenry includes BBQ, libations from Heavy Seas Brewery and Atlantic Wines with tunes of the Eastport Oyster Boys.

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2 Crab Feast at Laurel Park

July 30, 2017
Laurel Park again hosts a fan favorite: Crab Feast on the Grandstand Apron. Celebrate live racing and delicious Maryland crabs and other seasonal favorites. $65 per person with soda and draft beer included.

3 Chesapeake Crab & Beer Festival

August 19, 2017
An all you care to taste extravaganza with 65,000 crabs, ample beer, arts & crafts, live music and family fun. Many pricing options too.
National Harbor

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4 Mid-Shore Seafood Festival

August 26, 2017
All-you-can-eat steamed crabs, crab balls, clam strips, steamed shrimp, fried chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs, drinks. Live Music.

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5 Maryland Seafood Festival

September 9-10, 2017
Family friendly event featuring food vendors, demonstrations, exhibits, music, paddle-board, sand soccer tournament and demos, arts and crafts, kids entertainment, beer tasting, contests and more!
Sandy Point State Park

6 U.S. Oyster Festival—St. Mary's County

October 21-22, 2017
Celebrate the 51st anniversary of the U.S. Oyster Festival & the opening of the Chesapeake Bay's oyster season. U.S. National Oyster Shucking Championships & National Oyster Cook-Off.

7 Tilghman Island Day

October 21, 2017
Arts and nautical crafts, boat building demonstrations, oyster shucking, crab picking and a look at the life of a waterman.

8 OysterFest at Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

October 28, 2017
A celebration of the Chesapeake’s oyster featuring live music on two stages, boat rides, retriever demonstrations, oysters and local fare, an oyster stew competition, cooking demos, and children’s activities.
St. MIchaels


Crab Houses

There's nothing more delicious and delectable than Maryland blue crab! Here are some hot-spots where the locals like to roll up their sleeves and dig in.

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1 Cantler’s Riverside Inn

City Dock, the Naval Academy, Chick N’ Ruth’s and Cantler’s Riverside Inn. Annapolis just wouldn’t be the same if you took any of those away. Nestled into secluded Martin’s Cove, Cantler’s is the quintessential Maryland seafood restaurant. A feast on one of the long, family-style tables out on Cantler’s covered deck is a must for any seafood lover. And take the kids downstairs to the dock where catch tubs show off the latest catch right off the dock!

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2 Hard Yacht Café

You have to call a day or two in advance for crabs at this secluded, Dundalk gem, but it is well worth it. The crabs are big, bursting with meat and are set off by a bright, crisp spiciness that hits high on the pallet. And the view can’t be beat! Hidden away on Bear Creek in the Anchor Bay East Marina, Hard Yacht is beautiful and a great place to catch a Ravens game. Insider’s tip: Don’t miss the conch fritters, they’re the best you’ll get anywhere.

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3 Mr. Bill’s Terrace Inn

Just east of Baltimore City in Dundalk, Mr. Bill’s is easy for outsiders to miss, but that’s OK because Mr. Bill’s is always packed with locals in the know. Mr. Bill’s has been serving up some of the best steamed crabs on the planet in its unpretentious, welcoming dining rooms. And the adjoining sports bar means you won’t miss a play.

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4 Waterman’s Crab House

Calling Waterman’s legendary is an under-sell. With its sweeping views at the top of the Chesapeake, ice-cold cocktails on the waterfront deck, rocking live music and steamed crabs big enough to carry Fay Wray to the top of the Empire State Building, Waterman’s has been a Rock Hall institution for more than 40 years.

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5 Kahler's Crabhouse

When Marylanders talk about a crabhouse, Kahler’s is pretty much what we’re talking about. This secret spot on Philadelphia Road in Rosedale may be a ways away from the water, but they’ll set you up with great traditional Maryland seafood to go, or grab a seat in their upstairs dining room and relax with good friends and a couple of dozen jumbos. And if you’re old-school, Kahler’s crab fluff is the stuff of deep-fried dreams.

6 Kentmorr Restaurant and Crab House

A great family location to relax, enjoy good food and scenery, or spend a day on the bay sportfishing with the local charter boat captains or sitting on the beach watching the kids play in the sand and swim in the bay. The restaurant’s location provides one of the finest views the Eastern Shore has to offer for your Chesapeake Bay experience. Award winning crab cakes, local crabs, fish, and oysters add to your enjoyment of one of the world’s finest estuaries.

7 Harris Crab House & Seafood Resaurant

Eat indoors or out while enjoying fresh steamed, broiled or baked seafood.

8 Captain John’s Crab House

Eat ’em down on the marina deck, eat ’em in the second-floor dining room with great views of the marina, or eat ’em in the back seat of your Chevy, but make sure to eat ’em! Captain John’s on Cobb Island has been bringing in local watermen for good reason: exquisite steamed crabs.

9 Higgins Crab House

The big red sign with the giant crab and mallets at 31st and Coastal has been an OC institution for generations, and with good reason. Pick up a bushel to take home or dine-in on the patio for all-you-can-eat steamed crabs and fresh corn-on-the-cob. And now there’s a second location at 128th to double the deliciousness.