Celebrate Treasured Chesapeake Traditions

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Seafood Events and Festivals in Maryland
Seafood Events and Festivals in Maryland
Deal Island Skipjack Race
Deal Island Skipjack Race
Crab race
National Hard Crab Derby
Photo By: Patty Hancock Photography

At the heart of Maryland, you’ll find the Chesapeake Bay. Celebrate this national treasure, its people and our traditions at these amazing events.

 

Steamed Crab Photo By: Clark Vandergrift

1 National Hard Crab Derby

August 31 - September 3, 2017
The fastest crabs on Earth go toe-to-toe (Or, more accurately, claw-to-claw) in this race for ultimate crustacean supremacy. Don’t miss crab cook offs, carnival rides, great music, and (of course) the crowning of the beautiful Miss Crustacean 2017.
Crisfield


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Location:
715 Broadway
Crisfield, MD 21817
410-968-2500


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Deal Island Skipjack Races

2 Deal Island Skipjack Races and Island Fest

September 2-4, 2017
There’s nothing more beautiful than a line of skipjacks under sail. This annual festival brings working skipjacks from across the bay to race for the title of fastest in the fleet. Island Fest also offers music, amazing food, a car show, fishing tournament, skiff races and a boat docking exhibition by the “Chesapeake Cowboys.”
Deal Island


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Location:
Deal Island Harbor
Deal Island, MD 21821
410-784-2785


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Maryland Seafood Festival Logo

3 Maryland Seafood Festival

September 9-10, 2017
Enjoy the best of the bay’s bounty while taking in stunning views of the Bay Bridge. Enjoy paddle-boarding, sand soccer, and the famous crab soup cook-off. A Maryland favorite since 1966.
Annapolis


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Location:
1100 E College Pkwy.
Annapolis, MD 21409
410-353-9237


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Sailing in the Chesapeake Log Canoe Races

4 Chesapeake Log Canoe Races

September 9-10, 16 & 17, 2017
These beautiful, traditional Chesapeake sailboats have plied the waters of the bay for more than 150 years. Experience the beauty of these white hulled sailing wonders going head to head during log canoe races up and down the Chesapeake. Find out information on the Labor Day Race Series, the Higgins & Commodore Races, and the Bartlett Cup on our events pages.


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Location:
24750 Yacht Club Rd.
St. Michaels, MD 21663
410-745-9511


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Chesapeake Storytelling Festival Sign

5 Chesapeake Storytelling Festival

September 16, 2017
Take a magical journey through the history – both real, and imagined – of Maryland’s Chesapeake region. Enjoy tall tales, folklore and more.
Wye Mills


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Location:
Chesapeake College
Wye Mills, MD 21679
410-758-2520


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Skipjacks sailing during the Choptank Heritage Skipjack Race

6 Choptank Heritage Skipjack Race

September 23, 2017
See the skipjack parade and watch the race from Long Wharf Park while enjoying great food, crafts, and even a radio-controlled skipjack regatta.
Cambridge


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Location:
Long Wharf Park
Cambridge, MD 21613
410-228-7141


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Power boat cruising the bay Photo By: TrawlerFest

7 TrawlerFest In-Water Boat Show

September 28-30, 2017
PassageMaker’s stand-alone series of boat shows, specifically designed for cruising-under-power enthusiasts. Nation’s best in-water display of new & pre-owned cruising powerboats, firstclass boating courses and more.
Bay Bridge Marina
Stevensville


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Location:
357 Pier One Rd
Stevensville, MD 21666
410-990-9086


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sailboat Photo By: United States Sailboat Show

8 United States Sailboat Show

October 5-9, 2017
Bring the family to this world-famous sailboat show where you will find something for everyone; seminars, clothing & accessories, and boats of all sizes. Enjoy the many shops and restaurants in historic Annapolis.
Annapolis City Dock


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Location:
One Dock St
Annapolis, MD 21401
410-268-8828


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Couple sailing during the Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival Photo By: Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

9 Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival

October 7-8, 2017
People have been building boats on the Chesapeake for thousands of years. This festival gathers hundreds of amateur and professional boat builders in an amazing flotilla of fun.
St. Michaels


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Location:
213 N. Talbot St
St. Michaels, MD 21663
410-745-2016


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powerboat Photo By: United States Powerboat Show

10 United States Powerboat Show

October 12-15, 2017
Miles of docks exhibit everything from luxurious motor and ocean-going yachts and “down east” trawlers to high-performance powerboats and offshore fishing machines. On display are boats of every style from 8’ to 80’ including water toys of all types, express cruisers, inflatables, paddle boards, ski boats, trailerable powerboats, pontoons, and an extensive collection of center console fishing boats.
Annapolis


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Location:
One Dock St
Annapolis, MD 21401
410-268-8828


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 National Oyster Shucking Championships Photo By: St Mary's County

11 U.S. Oyster Festival

October 21-22, 2017
Now in its 51st year, celebrate the opening of Maryland’s traditional oyster season at the US Oyster Festival. Home of the National Oyster Shucking Championships and King Oyster.
St. Mary's County


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Location:
42455 Fairgrounds Road
Leonardtown, MD 20650
301-863-5015


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Featured Places
image of a crab
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Location:
715 Broadway
Crisfield, MD 21817
Skipjack race
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Location:
Deal Island Harbor
Deal Island, MD 21821
Maryland Seafood Festival poster
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Location:
1100 E College Pkwy.
Annapolis, MD 21409
Crew sailing during a Log Canoe Race.
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Location:
24750 Yacht Club Rd.
St. Michaels, MD 21663
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Location:
Chesapeake College
Wye Mills, MD 21679
icon of a sailboat
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Location:
Long Wharf Park
Cambridge, MD 21613
The Nation's Best In-Water Display of Cruising Powerboats
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Location:
357 Pier One Rd
Stevensville, MD 21666
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Location:
One Dock St
Annapolis, MD 21401
Photo of people on a small craft for Festival
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Location:
213 N. Talbot St
St. Michaels, MD 21663
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Location:
One Dock St
Annapolis, MD 21401
U.S. Oyster Festival Held in St. Mary's County
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Location:
42455 Fairgrounds Road
Leonardtown, MD 20650
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