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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 the 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?

Also, make sure to check out our five amazing Crab & Oyster Trails

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1 Shuck Like a Pro - Westminster

October 5, 2017
Hone your oyster shucking skills or try it for the first time with Maggies Restaurant's master shucker who will guide you as you shuck and slurp your way through a mound of oysters. Ticket price includes your fill of oysters (raw, steamed and casino), oyster stew, featured Flying Dog beers and more!

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2 Sprint for Spat - All the Glory, None of the Guts - Ocean City

October 7, 2017
Compete in a 100-meter race (0.10K) at Fager’s Island. The race course features a refueling station at the halfway point (0.05K) where runners rehydrate with a Pearl Necklace oyster shooter. Admission includes Sprint Entry Fee, All you can eat BBQ Chicken, Ribs & fixins, Local Oysters on the half shell, All you can drink Flying Dog Beers, live music, Silent Auction, Oyster Eating Competition!

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3 Stella Maris Crab Feast & Auction

October 8, 2017
Ready your mallets for the 33rd Stella Maris Crab Feast & Auction. The all-you-can-eat steamed crabs, delicious buffet are just the starters.  Next up:  silent & live auctions, music and dancing.

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4 Horn Point Lab's Oyster Hatchery Open House - Cambridge

October 14, 2017
The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science at Horn Point Laboratory opens its doors to the public. Tour the state-of-the-art oyster hatchery; discover research underway in the Chesapeake Bay, in the U.S., and across the globe. Fun activities for kids and best of all, it’s free.

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5 Captain Avery Museum Oyster Festival

October 15, 2017
Celebrate the oyster and a day by the Bay as local restaurants serve up their oyster best along with other great food and drink. Live music by local bands, kids activities and more.

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 Bull & Oyster Roast with Kennard and Stories of the Chesapeake

October 21, 2017
Experience an Eastern Shore traditional Bull and Oyster Roast.. Enjoy the bounty of the Chesapeake as served up by the Kennard Alumni partnered with Stories of the Chesapeake Heritage Area. 

8 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.

9 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.
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10 Oyster Jam & Brew Fest at Phillips Wharf

November 4, 2017
Celebrate Oysters Phillips Wharf Style by exploring the bounty from at least eight aquaculture companies.  Then savor the taste of fourteen different brews. Enjoy live music, oysters, a cool auction and great location.

11 Paddle Fest on Spa Creek

September 16, 2017
Celebrate Spa Creek's journey to health. Take guided paddle tour or paddle at your leisure and learn more about what takes to restore the creek.  The Oyster Recovery Partnership provides guests the chance to try hand tonging for shell.

12 Corsica Watershed Awareness Day

September 17, 2017
Visit the Corsica River Yacht Club for family fun with discovering how residents are helping restore and maintain a clean and healthy river and watershed. The Oyster Recovery Partnership will provide the chance to try hand tonging for shell.

13 Mermaid’s Kiss Oyster Fest

September 21, 2017
This popular night of all-you-can eat oysters, fresh seafood dishes from iconic and up-and-coming restaurants, and live entertainment helps raise funds for a better Chesapeake Bay. Presented by Hoopers Island Oyster Co., it features a Bay-themed silent auction, one-of-a-kind oyster sculpture by the Chesapeake Mermaid, prizes, giveaways and more! Get your tickets before they’re gone!

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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.