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.  


In coordination with the Restaurant Association of Maryland 



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May Events:

Naptown BarBAYq Contest and Music Festival
May 5, 2018
Held each May at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds in Crownsville, this event draws thousands of fans from the Mid-Atlantic to enjoy the KCBS sanctioned barbeque competition,
fantastic foods, live music, cooking demonstrations and more.  Family friendly.

Taste of Garrett
May 6, 2018
Celebrate the ever growing beauty of the Garrett Trails at this special gathering of restaurants from around the county.  Patrons pay one fee to experience tasty specials from the area's best chefs.  There is entertainment, plus prizes and raffles. Family friendly. 

Art and Wine Tasting Festival - Sykesville
May 6, 2018
This popular festival takes place in charming, historic Sykesville. Live music is even better when you can sip from your collectible wine glass ($25 includes samples), browse fine art while experiencing great local wines.  Free shuttles are available from the Warfield Complex and Freedom Park to make your day stress-free. 

Somerset Strawberry Festival - Marion Station
May 12, 2018
Strawberries are everywhere at this beloved festival. See Junior Miss, Little Miss & Mr. Strawberry reign over the parade.  Enjoy live music, food, children's activities and learn about local
strawberry history.

Baltimore Wine and Food Festival - Rash Field
May 12, 2018
This world-class, waterfront, culinary experience is back for the third year.  Enjoy the creations made by world-renowned chefs, artisanal craftspeople and food pioneers.

Maryland Craft Beer Festival - Frederick
May 12, 2018
More than 40 Maryland breweries, including some not yet open to the public, will pour more than 180 unique craft beer.  Enjoy live music, great food and creative craft vendors.

Wine in the Woods at Symphony Woods
May 19-20, 2018
A premiere event in the region with a long and successful history.  Maryland wineries are front and center in this 26th Wine in the Woods. Dozens of artisans display their work.  Musicians perform on two stages;  numerous food vendors offer their wares.

Good Life Feastival at Boordy Vineyards
May 26 - 27, 2018
For those over 21, winetasting and a wineglass await as new wines are introduced. A number of  local food vendors are on-hand.  Hayrides are available to take guests through the vineyards.  Local musicians entertain.

Soft Shell Spring Fair in Crisfield
May 27, 2018
Gather at Crisfield's City Dock for a festival that showcases all things soft shell crabs.  Enjoy crab in various forms including homemade crab cakes, while enjoying the music and arts. Family friendly and back for the 26th year.

June Events:
Annapolis Arts and Wine Festival
June 1 - 10, 2018
A combination of arts, music, wine and City-wide Festival.  Three events come together:  Paint Annapolis, First Sunday Arts Festival and the Annapolis Arts & Wine Festival.
Enjoy live music and other preforming arts while visiting the many special exhibits throughout the City and enjoying a wide array of cuisine.

Great Grapes!  Wine & Food Festival - Oregon Ridge
June 2, 2018
Great Grapes offers more than 100 Maryland Wines for tasting along with a la carte beer and live music.  Take the free shuttle to and from the Light Rail Stop at Hunt Valley Mall.  Back for the 15th year, this casual event takes place at the lovely Oregon Ridge Park.  Bring lawn chairs and blankets to make the most of the luscious lawn.

Strawberry Festival in Sykesville
June 2, 2018
Enjoy all the fresh strawberries imaginable along with pony rides, entertainment, silent auction, foods, crafts and the antique vendors that are drawn to this charming town.  Check out the Strawberry Shortcake!

Taste of Wheaton
June 3, 2018
This signature evnt highlights many of Wheaton's popular, award-winning restaurants.  Enjoy the foods along with cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, live music and, for the kids, rides and other family activities.

St. Mary’s Crab Festival
June 9, 2018
This Annual Festival celebrates the County's long-standing crab culture.  Enjoy crabs in every context:  steamed hard crabs, soft crabs, crab cakes, crab soups and even other seafood dishes.  All available for purchase.

Interstate Wine Fest - Hagerstown (formerly Taste of the Valley Wine & Food Festival)
June 9, 2018
Visit more than 15 Maryland Wineries (offering more than 100 wines), and at least five distilleries.   Sample foods from approximately eight carefully selected food providers.  Enjoy live music, an art fair and grape stomping! 

Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival - National Harbor
June 15-16, 2018
Have a great day at National Harbor sipping beer, tasting bourbon, and eating barbeque.  Enjoy the live music while contemplating which of the 60 beers, 40 bourbons and ample barbeque deserve your attention.

Baltimore Wine Fest
June 16, 2018
Come to Canton Waterfront Park where more than 160 wines, craft beer and spirits await. Gourmet foods represent numerous local eateries.  Live music, cooking demos, tasting seminars and even unique shopping are all available.  There is even a family zone.

Taneytown Wine, Art and Music Festival
June 16, 2018
Visit charming Taneytown for a festival celebrating vineyard and brewery vendors, unique artists and crafters.  There is music for everyone, plus children's activities and crafts.  Food providers offer an array of choices.  Back for the 7th year.

Tri-State Wing Off and Music Festival - Cumberland
June 16, 2018
Amazing wings and awesome music are the highlights of this family friendly event.  It is an extravaganza you will want to experience.

Chesapeake Crab & Beer Festival - Rash Field in Baltimore
June 23, 2018
An all-you-care-to-taste extravaganza with over 30,000 crabs (and other great food options), plus brews, arts and crafts, live music and family fun.  Select from two sessions and settle in under one of the massive tents complete with tables, chairs, and crab paper.

Events by month:

Jan: Berlin Restaurant Week
Jan: 2nd Annual Little Italy Meatball Festival
Jan: Baltimore County Restaurant Week
Jan: Baltimore City Restaurant Week
Jan: Howard County Restaurant Week
Jan: Harford County Restaurant Week
Jan: Bethesda 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:  Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival - Timonium
April : Main Street Heat Chili Cook-Off
April:  Ocean City Restaurant Week
April:  Salisbury Restaurant Week
April:  Interstate BBQ Festival Hagerstown
April:  Savor Bowie Food and Wine and Music Festival
April:  Restaurant Week Rock Hall

May:  Somerset Strawberry Festival - Marion Station
May:  Baltimore Wine and Food Festival - Rash Field
May:  Naptown BarBAYq Contest and Music Festival
May:  Art and Wine Tasting Festival - Sykesville
May:  Maryland Craft Beer Festival
May:  Wine in the Woods at Symphony Woods
May:  Good Life Feastival at Boordy Vineyards
May:  Soft Shell Spring Fair in Crisfield
May:  Taste of Garrett

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:  Tri-State Wing Off - Cumberland
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: Chesapeake Crab & Beer Festival
August: Baltimore County Restaurant Week
August: Carroll County Restaurant Week
August: Curtis' Coney Island Weiners 100th Celebration

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:   Ocean City Restaurant Week
Oct.   US Oyster Festival St. Mary's County
Oct.   Fall Fest with Oysters in Rock Hall

Nov:   Taste of Howard County


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