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 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 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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2 Project Liberty Ship Bull & Oyster Roast

November 4, 2017
Proponents of Project Liberty Ship can enjoy eating oysters while helping support the preservation of Baltimore's World War II Liberty Ship, The John W. Brown.  While the Bull and Oyster Roast is off-site, the food says "maritime" with oysters prepared at least four different ways along with other appealing menu items. For more info....

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3 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.

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4 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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5 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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6 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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7 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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8 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.

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9 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.

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10 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. 

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11 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.

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12 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.

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13 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.

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14 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 on the Maryland Crab & Oyster Trail

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. Explore Maryland Crab & Oyster Trail and enjoy steamed crabs, soft shell crabs and oysters fresh from the bay.

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1 Eastern Shore

Maryland Crab & Oyster Trail: Eastern Shore (Lower Eastern Shore, Middle Eastern Shore, Upper Eastern Shore)
Maryland’s Eastern Shore is known for its traditional watermen culture, where locals rise with the sun and work the waters to bring in the day’s catch, bringing you fresh crabs from dock to table. 

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2 Central Maryland

Maryland Crab & Oyster Trail: Central Maryland (Anne Arundel and Howard Counties, Greater Baltimore Area)
Central Maryland is an oyster lover’s paradise, with oyster bars, oyster roasts and seafood festivals galore. It offers big city excitement and also small town charm and grace, with crab shacks accessible by both water and land.


3 Capital Region

Maryland Crab & Oyster Trail: Capital Region 
Surrounding the nation’s capital, you’ll find waterfront seafood restaurants on the wide and lazy Potomac River. Further inland explore a culinary paradise in the city of Frederick.


4 Southern Maryland

Maryland Crab & Oyster Trail: Southern Maryland
Nestled between the Potomac and Patuxent rivers and the Chesapeake Bay, Southern Maryland abounds with quintessential crab houses and wharves that echo traditions from yesteryear. Escape from nearby metropolitan areas to relax with the tides in Southern Maryland.

5 Western Maryland

Maryland Crab & Oyster Trail: Western Maryland
For the best of both worlds from the mountains to the sea, head west for a scenic drive or hike, and end your day with a traditional Maryland crab feast.