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 heart's content - at a great price. 
 

 

In coordination with the Restaurant Association of Maryland 

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June:

  • Home Town Chili Cook-Off & Custom Car Show - Historic Downtown Mount Airy. This family friendly festival with chili competition and cars returns.  June 15, 2019
  • Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival - National Harbor - This festival returns to the Waterfront and pulls in BBQ fans from D.C., VA and Maryland.  June 15, 2019
  • Baltimore Wine Fest - Canton Waterfront Park in Baltimore - Sip while you take in the waterviews.  More than 160 wines from around the world and gourmet foods from local chefs abound, along with cooking demonstrations, wine seminars, craft beer & spirit purveyors, a family zone and much more.  June 15, 2019
  • Tri-State Wing Off - Cumberland - New location at Allegany County Fairgrounds.  This popular and growing festival offers a great feast and terrific music.  June 15, 2019
  • Strawberry Festival  - Finksburg -  new location with easy parking.  Enjoy fresh strawberries, games, pony rides, entertainment, silent auction, food, crafts, antique vendors, and of course, strawberry shortcake. June 15, 2019
  • Taneytown Wine, Art and Music Festival - Taneytown.   Enjoy great food, music, artists and crafters.  Meet "Brewery Fire" micro brewers before they open in Taneytown.  Includes a kids' zone. June 15, 2019
  • Chesapeake Crab, Wine & Beer Festival - Baltimore's Rash Field.  Experience an all-you-care-to-taste extravaganza complete with over 30,000 crabs, lots of beer, arts & crafts, live music and family fun.  June 22, 2019 
  • Maryland Foodie Fest - Aberdeen, Leidos Field, Ripken Stadium.  Experience a family friendly festival featuring food pairings and samplings from restaurants throughout the state.  There are food competitions as well as local craft beer and wine samplings, live music, an arts and crafts village and special kids' zone with inflatables, batting cages, face painting, and more.  June 22, 2019 
  • Dinner Under the Stars - Annapolis.  Make Wednesday nights special with this new Annapolis tradition. Have dinner under the stars on the first block of West St off Church Circle.  Call the participating restaurant of your choice to reserve your table.  Wednesday evenings May 29 through mid-September 2019

July:

  • Potomac Jazz and Seafood Festival - Coltons Point and Leonardtown - Enjoy jazz, seafood and stunning waterside views for jazz enthusiasts. To celebrate the festival's 20th year, a special Friday concert celebration, Sunday jazz brunches and other activities will take place in downtown Historic Leonardtown.  July 12 - 14, 2019.
  • Taste of Cambridge and Crab Cook-Off - Cambridge - Taste and vote for top crab dishes by restaurant chefs in five categories during a downtown street festival honoring the Chesapeake's seafood heritage; tickets to the tasting sell out fast, so come early or buy in advance.  July 13, 2019.
  • Tilghman Island Seafood Fest - Tilghman - Held at Tilghman's Volunteer Fire Co. & adjacent Kronsburg Park, this traditional fest provides steamed crabs, clams, chicken bbq, hot dogs, corn on the cob,  fries, beer & sodas for purchase. Children's activities and live music and the popular crab race are part of the day. July 13, 2019.   
  • J. Miller Tawes Crab & Clam Bake - Crisfield - A Maryland "must-attend, see-and-be-seen political institution," equal parts seafood and schmooze. The annual celebration is named in honor of Crisfield native, J. Millard Tawes, Maryland's 54th Governor.  July 17, 2019. 
  • Howard County Summer Restaurant Week - Restaurants throughout Howard County - Many restaurants participate in thise semi-annual event so check the website.  July 22 - August 5, 2019. 
  • Trifecta Food Truck Festival - Timonium - The Trifecta is Maryland's largest food truck and music festival with more than 40 food trucks and a number of great bands.  Come out to the Maryland State Fairgrounds.  July 27, 2019. 
  • Dinner Under the Stars - Annapolis.  Make Wednesday nights special with this new Annapolis tradition. Have dinner under the stars on the first block of West St off Church Circle.  Call the participating restaurant of your choice to reserve your table.  Wednesday evenings May 29 through mid-September 2019.

August:

  • Howard County Summer Restaurant Week - Restaurant week throughout Howard County continues through August 5, 2019.
  • Baltimore Restaurant Week - Baltimore is a foodie town and its restaurant weeks feature more than 100 participating restaurants.  Join the fun.  August 2 - 11, 2019.
  • ​Baltimore County Restaurant Week - Participating Restaurants are throughout the county so please check the website.  August 2 - 17, 2019. 
  • Vegan Soulfest - Baltimore.  This celebration of vegan culture features great food, music and demonstrations.  Bring your lawn chair to Clifton Park!  August 3, 2019. 
  • Seafood Feast-I-Val - Cambridge.  An all-you-can eat menu and a great location at Sailwinds Park makes this a popular choice.  August 10, 2019. 
  • ​Taste Of Linganore, Wine and Food Festival - Mount Airy.  This festival brings together the area's favorite restaurants and caterers to pair with Linganore wines while enjoying live music and the work of local artisans.  August 11, 2019. 
  • Baltimore Vegan Restaurant Week - Celebrate the fifth and summer edition of Vegan Restaurant Week: Let’s Make That One Dish (or Dessert). Restaurants are challenged to demonstrate their love and compassion for promoting healthier diets, and reducing environmental impacts.  August 16 - September 1, 2019.
  • Pig Out in the Park Backyard BBQ Bash - Frostburg - Enjoy this day-long festival featuring music, artisan and food purveyors, family fun and the Kansas City Barbecue Society sanctioned Backyard BBQ competition.  August 17, 2019. 
  • Allegany County Restaurant Week - Come to the Mountain Side of Maryland and enjoy the celebration of local culinary talent.  Enjoy specially priced, multi-course meals for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner depending on the restaurant. So Rise and Dine!  August 23-September 1, 2019.
  • National Hard Crab Derby and Fair - Crisfield.  Enjoy the famous crab races along with crab picking, cooking and the boat docking contest.  There are fireworks too and much more.  August 28 - September 1, 2019. 
  • Dinner Under the Stars - Annapolis. Make Wednesday nights special with this new Annapolis tradition. Have dinner under the stars on the first block of West St off Church Circle.  Call the participating restaurant of your choice to reserve your table.  Wednesday evenings May 29 through mid-September 2019.

September:

  • Allegany County Restaurant Week - Come to the Mountain Side of Maryland and enjoy the celebration of local culinary talent.  Enjoy specially priced, multi-course meals for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner depending on the restaurant. So Rise and Dine!  August 23 - September 1, 2019
  • Baltimore Vegan Restaurant Week - Restaurants are challenged to demonstrate their love and compassion for promoting healthier diets, and reducing environmental impacts.  The week concludes September 1, 2019.
  • ​National Hard Crab Derby and Fair - Crisfield.  Enjoy the famous crab races along with crab picking, cooking and the boat docking contest.  There are fireworks and more.  The event concludes September 1, 2019. .
  • Maryland Seafood Festival - Annapolis/Sandy Point State Park.  This Festival has the view, the eclectic music, the sand soccer, paddle-boarding and exciting flavorful foods and contests including the crab soup cook-off.  September 7 - 8, 2019. 
  • Taste the Beaches in Calvert County - Chesapeake Beach.  This festival at Kellams Field provides music, a Kids' Zone and of course great local foods, perfect for an end of summer family outing.  September 14, 2019. 
  • Dinner Under the Stars - Annapolis. Make Wednesday nights special with this new Annapolis tradition. Have dinner under the stars on the first block of West St off Church Circle.  Call the participating restaurant of your choice to reserve your table.  Wednesday evenings through mid-September 2019.

October:

  • Taste of Bethesda - Nearly 50 restaurants showcase their best ideas at this cultural event that features music on multiple stages and a kids' corner. October 5, 2019.
  • ​Fall Fest with Oysters in Rock Hall - Enjoy the fun on Main Street Rock Hall as you consume oysters, enjoy the festival music and kids' court.  October 12, 2019. 
  • Ocean City Restaurant Week - Participating restaurants offer special fixed price menus options. Take this chance to try new foods or return to your favorites and enjoy a great price.  This extra long week is so popular, reservations are recommended. October 13 - 27, 2019. 
  • US Oyster Festival St. Mary's County - Leonardtown.  Celebrate the opening of the Chesapeake Bay's oyster season with the U.S. National Oyster Shucking Championships & National Oyster Cook-Off.  October 19 - 20, 2019. 
  • OysterFest at Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum - St. Michaels.  The great Chesapeake Oyster signals it's time to sip, slurp and savor once again with live music, boat rides, retriever demos and oysters, oysters, oysters.  October 26, 2019. 
  • Harvestfest Cornhole Tournament​

November:

  • The Great Havre de Grace Oyster Feast - Expect Oysters of all styles in addition to crab soup, Old Bay wings, pit beef, turkey, ham, kielbasa, cheeses, fruits and much more at this old-fashioned, emphasis on the food, oyster feast.  November 16, 2019. 

December: 

  •  Annapolis Chocolate Binge Festival - It's all about the chocolate, and the music, and the holiday lights.  In fact, this is a street party that is great for the family and for getting into the holiday spirit.  December 1, 2019. 


​January 2019:
Baltimore City Restaurant Week
Harford County Restaurant Week
Baltimore County Restaurant Week
Howard County Restaurant Week 

​February 2019:
Baltimore Vegan Restaurant Week
Coffee Workshop with Gracefully Coffee Roasters
Sante:  A Taste of Baltimore 

March 2019:
St. Michaels ChocolateFest
Annapolis Restaurant Week
Flying Dog University
Frederick Restaurant Week
Cellars & Seedlings:  Tavern Gambols at the William Brown House
Empty Bowls Baltimore
Annapolis Oyster Roast and Sock Burning
Taste of Solomons
Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival
Empty Bowl Project Soup Dinner

April:
Mount Airy Restaurant Week
Maryland Chicken Wing Festival
Savor Bowie Food and Wine and Music Festival
Restaurant Week Rock Hall
Interstate BBQ Festival
Tacos' N Taps
WineFest at St. Michaels
Ocean City Restaurant Week
Vegan Burger Smackdown
Salisbury Restaurant Week (SBY) 

May:
Salisbury Restaurant Week (SBY) continued
Ocean City Restaurant Week continued
Charles County Wine & Food Festival - La Plata 
Taste of Garrett - McHenry
Baltimore Wine and Food Festival - Rash Field
Art and Wine Tasting Festival - Sykesville
Maryland Craft Beer Festival - Frederick
Somerset Strawberry Festival - Westover
Wine in the Woods at Symphony Woods - Columbia
Good Life Feastival at Boordy Vineyards -  Hydes
Soft Shell Spring Fair - Crisfield
Dinner Under the Stars - Annapolis

June:
Great Grapes!  International Wine & Food Festival - Cockeysville's Oregon Ridge Nature Center and Park.
Taste of Wheaton - Downtown Wheaton
St. Mary’s Crab Festival - Leonardtown at the Fairgrounds
Interstate Wine Fest Hagerstown (formerly Taste of the Valley Wine & Food Festival) - Just south of Hagerstown in Boonsboro.

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