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 the Maryland Crab & Oyster Trail

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1 OysterFest at Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

October 27, 2018
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

Fall 2018
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. Check back for more information....

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3 Oyster Jam & Brew Fest at Phillips Wharf

Fall 2018
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.  Plans are being made so check back for details.

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

Fall 2018
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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5 Stella Maris Crab Feast & Auction

Fall 2018
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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6 Horn Point Lab's Oyster Hatchery Open House - Cambridge

October 2018
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. Stay tuned for details.

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7 Oyster Festival at Captain Avery Museum

Fall 2018
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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8 U.S. Oyster Festival—St. Mary's County

October 20-21, 2018
Celebrate the 52nd 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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9 Tilghman Island Day

October 20, 2018
Arts and nautical crafts, boat building demonstrations, oyster shucking, crab picking and a look at the life of a waterman.

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10 Mermaid’s Kiss Oyster Fest

September 20, 2018
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.  Expect a Bay-themed silent auction, prizes, giveaways and more!

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11 Bull & Oyster Roast at Mount Harmon Plantation

October 13, 2018
This very popular Fall event is a traditional Eastern Shore Bull & Oyster Roast plus silent and live auctions, tours of the Manor House, live music and much more in a very special setting.

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12 Maryland Seafood Festival - Annapolis

September 8 & 9, 2018
The summer fun continues at the Annual Maryland Seafood Festival. Young and old gather at Sandy Point State Park to listen to eclectic music, participate in exciting contests & indulge in flavorful foods. On the water, there is sand soccer, paddle-boarding, and also a crab soup cook-off.

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13 Oyster Stroll - Downtown Westminster

October 13, 2018
Shop, "Slurp" and Stroll along this charming downtown while music from Vinyl Rhino plays.  This Festival is more than simply oysters.  Other foods and fun are part of this returning event designed to benefit the Chesapeake oyster aquaculture and the Living Reef project that is designed to create an environment for wild oysters.

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