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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 way to celebrate that than by attending a Maryland seafood festival. 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

Spat on the Shell Image Credit: Oyster Recovery Partnership

1 Flying Dog Sprint For Spat, Frederick

November 2, 2019
Love running? Love brew? Flying Dog’s Sprint for Spat— a running extravaganza unlike any other – is perfect for you! Race proceeds will go to Oyster Recovery Project (ORP) to continue their amazing oyster restoration efforts in the Chesapeake Bay. Hang around after you finish the run for live music, fresh oysters, well-crafted beers, and post-race fun. More info and tickets


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Location:
4607 Wedgewood Blvd
Frederick, MD 21703
301-694-7899


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Logo for the Oyster Jam & Beer Fest Image Credit: Phillips Wharf Environmental Center

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

November 2, 2019
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. More Information...

The Great Havre de Grace Oyster Feast

3 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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4 Ocean City Restaurant Week

April 19- May 3,  2020
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.


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Location:
5700 Coastal Hwy
Ocean City, MD 21842
410-289-6733


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Hollywood Oyster Seafood Festival poster Image Credit: Hollywood Oyster Seafood Festival

5 Hollywood Oyster & Seafood Festival

May, 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.

Crisfield Arts and Entertainment Logo Image Credit: Crisfield Arts and Entertainment

6 Soft Crab Fair, Crisfield

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...

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

7 Chesapeake Crab, Wine & Beer Festival, Baltimore

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

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

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 Image Credit: Leonardtown Lions Club

9 The Saint Mary's County Crab Festival, Leonardtown

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...
 

Potomac Jazz & Seafood Festival Image Credit: Potomac Jazz & Seafood Festival

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

July 10-12, 2020
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

11 J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake, Crisfield

July 15, 2020
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

12 Tilghman Island Seafood Festival

July, 2020
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.

Fort McHenry Crab Feast logo Image Credit: Courtesy of Friends of Fort McHenry

13 Fort McHenry Crab Feast, Baltimore

August, 2020
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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14 Maryland Seafood Festival at Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis

September, 2020
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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Chesapeake City Waterfront at Dusk with Boats Image Credit: sailemt-Instagram

15 A Taste of Chesapeake, Chesapeake City

October 2020
Come by Chesapeake City for a taste of the local businesses! There will be live music, food from local restaurants, local craft beer, local wine, and other local vendors/shops! The Chesapeake City Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting a special housing ceremony and a fire company parade! This is a kid friendly event. Vendors will be set up behind the firehouse.

A statue of a waterman hand tonging for oysters

16 Rock Hall Fall Fest - Celebrate the Oyster

October 2020
FallFest showcases the quaint hamlet of Rock Hall and celebrates their heritage as a waterman’s town. At his unique event, where musicians hold forth throughout the day, oysters are local and plentiful and children can participate in free activities. Approximately 40 artisans show and sell their wares at the festival and a large selection of food purveyors serve up Chesapeake Bay favorites.

The Great Baltimore Oyster Festival

17 Oysterfest 13 by Ryleigh's Oyster - Baltimore

October 2020
Get ready to slurp, sip, and support a great cause as Ryleigh’s Oyster celebrates the opening of prime Chesapeake Bay Oystering season for the 13th year in a row at this all-day food-and-entertainment festival. Having outgrown our beloved Cross Street in the Heart of Federal Hill, we have taken Oysterfest to the water - to South Point in Port Convington!

Tilghman Island Day Image Credit: Tilghman Island

18 Tilghman Island Day

October 2020
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 Image Credit: St Mary's County

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

October 17-18,  2020
Celebrate the 55th 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 Image Credit: Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

20 OysterFest at Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels

October 2020
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

Featured Places
Flying Dog Brewery logo
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Location:
4607 Wedgewood Blvd
Frederick, MD 21703
Ocean City Restaurant Week logo
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Location:
5700 Coastal Hwy
Ocean City, MD 21842
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
Tilghman Island Day Logo
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Location:
US 322 to Rt 33
Tilghman, MD 21671
oyster shucking contest
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Location:
42455 Fairgrounds Road
Leonardtown, MD 20650
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