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Enjoying Maryland crabs
Enjoying Maryland crabs
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Man Shows Off his Oyster Shucking Skill at the Annapolis Oyster Roast and Sock Burning
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Fort McHenry Crab Feast
Fort McHenry Crab Feast
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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

Potomac Jazz & Seafood Festival Photo By: Potomac Jazz & Seafood Festival

1 Potomac Jazz & Seafood Festival, Colton's Point & Leonardtown

July 12-14, 2019
Enjoy jazz, seafood and stunning waterside views with a variety of activities for jazz enthusiasts. To celebrate our 20th year, we’re adding a special Friday concert celebration, Sunday jazz brunches and activities in downtown Historic Leonardtown.


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Location:
38370 Point Breeze Road
Coltons Point, MD 20626
301-769-2222


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Baskets of Crabs

2 J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake, Crisfield

July 17, 2019
The J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake is 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.


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


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People enjoying the Tilghman Island Seafood Festival

3 Tilghman Island Seafood Festival

July 13, 2019
Held at Tilghman's Vol Fire Co. & adjacent Kronsburg Park. Steamed crabs, clams, chicken bbq, hot dogs, corn on the cob,  fries, beer & sodas for purchase. Children's activities include games. Live music starts at noon. Crab race is at 3pm.


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Location:
5979 Tilghman Island Rd.
Tilghman, MD 21671
410-886-2677


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Fort McHenry Crab Feast logo Photo By: Courtesy of Friends of Fort McHenry

4 Fort McHenry Crab Feast, Baltimore

August 3, 2019
Annual Crab Feast on the grounds of Fort McHenry includes delicious BBQ and libations and the tunes of the Eastport Oyster Boys. 6th year.


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Location:
2400 E Fort Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21230
410-962-4290


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bowl of crabs Photo By: http://www.mdcrabfest.com/

5 Chesapeake Crab, Wine & Beer Festival, National Harbor/Oxon Hill

August 24, 2019
This is the 10th Annual Maryland Tradition. The Festival is an all-you-care-to-taste extravaganza complete with over 50,000 crabs, lots of beer, arts & crafts, live music, family fun and more. Find out what over 35,000 people have come to enjoy.


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Location:
802 National Harbor Blvd
Oxon Hill, MD 20745
800-830-3975


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Crowds at the National Hard Crab Derby Photo By: Crisfield Chamber of Commerce

6 National Hard Crab Derby, Somers Cove Marina, Crisfield

Aug. 28-Sept.1, 2019
Crab races, crab picking, crab cooking & boat docking contests. Parade, games, rides, seafood, fireworks, arts/crafts, live entertainment;  71st year!  Admission varies.


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


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Maryland Seafood Festival logo

7 Maryland Seafood Festival at Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis

Sept. 7-8, 2019
The festival puts the real meaning into the phrase "endless summer."  The location at Sandy Point State Park makes it easy to enjoy a beach environment and beach fun.  The 52nd Annual Maryland Seafood Festival offers eclectic music, exciting contests & the most flavorful foods. Fun includes sand soccer, paddle-boarding, and of course the famous crab soup cook-off rounds. 


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


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Tilghman Island Day Photo By: Tilghman Island

8 Tilghman Island Day

October 19, 2019
Arts and nautical crafts, boat building demonstrations, oyster shucking, crab picking and a look at the life of a waterman.


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Location:
US 322 to Rt 33
Tilghman, MD 21671
410-886-2101


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

9 U.S. Oyster Festival, St. Mary's County

October 19-20, 2019
Celebrate the 53rd 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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Location:
42455 Fairgrounds Road
Leonardtown, MD 20650
301-863-5015


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OysterFest at Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Photo By: Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

10 OysterFest at Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels

October 26, 2019
A celebration of the Chesapeake Bay's oysters featuring live music on two stages, boat rides, retriever demonstrations, oysters and local fare, an oyster stew competition, cooking demos, and children’s activities.
St. Michaels


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Location:
213 N. Talbot St
St. Michaels, MD 21663
410-745-2916


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Logo for the Oyster Jam & Beer Fest Photo By: Phillips Wharf Environmental Center

11 Oyster Jam & Brew Fest at Phillips Wharf, Tilghman Island

Late Fall  2019 - Date TBD
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.

The Great Baltimore Oyster Festival

12 The Great Baltimore Oyster

Late Fall 2019 - Date TBD
Baltimore's Inner Harbor welcomes back the Great Baltimore Oyster Festival.  Visit West Shore Park at the Harbor for live music, oysters, beer, wine and family activities.  The Oyster Shucking Contest returns, pitting professional Shuckers against one another and the clock.  Learn all about oysters and their role in keeping our waters clean.

The Great Havre de Grace Oyster Feast

13 The Great Havre de Grace Oyster Feast

November 16, 2019 
Attend an Oyster Feast with lots of twists.  Sample oysters on the half shell, fried oysters and oyster stew.  You can also enjoy crab soup, Old Bay wings, pit beef, turkey, ham, kielbasa cheeses, fruit, salads, sides, beer and wine, soda and dessert.


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Location:
Havre de Grace Community Center
Havre de Grace, MD 21078
410-939-2100


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Hollywood Oyster Seafood Festival poster Photo By: Hollywood Oyster Seafood Festival

14 Hollywood Oyster & Seafood Festival

May TBD 2020
Celebrate all things Maryland including Maryland's beloved oyster.  This festival also highlights Maryland's great breweries, wineries and distilleries, artisans and bands.  All the fun takes place at Greenwell State Park in Hollywood.

Chesapeake Crab, Wine and Beer Festival Baltimore Photo By: http://www.mdcrabfest.com/baltimore-md/show-info

15 Chesapeake Crab, Wine & Beer Festival, Baltimore

TBD June 2020
This 6th Annual Maryland Festival is an all-you-care-to-taste extravaganza complete with over 30,000 crabs, lots of beer, arts & crafts, live music, family fun and so much more. Find out what over 35,000 people have come to enjoy every year.
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FreeState Beer, Wine and Seafood Festival

16 FreeState Beer, Wine & Seafood Festival at Linganore Winecellars, Mount Airy

TBD June 2020
The FreeState Beer, Wine and Seafood Festival combines the area’s best seafood, Maryland craft brewers, live music, Linganore wines, and artisan vendors. Admission includes a souvenir glass for tastings of all breweries, wine, and tours.

The Saint Mary's County Crab Festival Blue Crab Logo Photo By: Leonardtown Lions Club

17 The Saint Mary's County Crab Festival, Leonardtown

TBD June 2020
Watch or join in for a crab-picking contest, enjoy the classic car show and be entertained by the live music.  Most of all, enjoy the steamed and hard crabs, crab soups, crab cakes and other seafood concoctions that are available for purchase.  Vendors will have plenty of homemade items on hand and you are sure to find "crabby-themed" items at this fun festival.   More information...
 

Crisfield Arts and Entertainment Logo Photo By: Crisfield Arts and Entertainment

18 Soft Crab Fair, Crisfield

TBD May 2020
The "Crab Capital" is calling all foodies to this Eastern Shore event which takes place at the City Dock.  Enjoy the food and the ambience.  The chefs take their crab dish making duties seriously at this fun festival. More information...

Featured Places
Musician Performs at the Festival
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Location:
38370 Point Breeze Road
Coltons Point, MD 20626
Baskets of steamed crabs
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Location:
715 Broadway
Crisfield, MD 21817
People enjoying seafood at the festival
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Location:
5979 Tilghman Island Rd.
Tilghman, MD 21671
crab flag graphic
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Location:
2400 E Fort Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21230
Crabs
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Location:
802 National Harbor Blvd
Oxon Hill, MD 20745
National Hard Crab Derby
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Location:
715 Broadway
Crisfield, MD 21817
Maryland Seafood Festival poster
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Location:
1100 E College Pkwy
Annapolis, MD 21409
Tilghman Island Day Logo
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Location:
US 322 to Rt 33
Tilghman, MD 21671
U.S. Oyster Festival Held in St. Mary's County
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Location:
42455 Fairgrounds Road
Leonardtown, MD 20650
Oysters at Oysterfest
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Location:
213 N. Talbot St
St. Michaels, MD 21663
Oyster Feast Flyer
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Location:
Havre de Grace Community Center
Havre de Grace, MD 21078
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