Only-In-Maryland Seafood Festivals
Get a taste of the local catch at one of the many seafood festivals around the state.
We Marylanders are modest folk, except when it comes to one thing—we have hands-down the best seafood in the world! There’s no better way to celebrate that than by attending a Maryland seafood festival. Catch some iconic Maryland events, bringing together great people, amazing music, big-time family fun, and in case we didn’t mention it, the best seafood in the world. If you’re hungry for more, explore along the Maryland Crab and Oyster Trail to find the best restaurants, markets, tours and more.
Head to Crisfield, the “Crab Capital,” for the Soft Crab Festival. At this long-standing event, chefs prepare tasty soft crab, crabcakes and more. Savor the local flavors and enjoy live entertainment and family activities on the city dock.
Hosted by Linganore Winecellars, the FreeState Beer, Wine and Seafood Festival kicks off the summer with a combination of the area’s best seafood, craft brewers, live music, artisan vendors and more. Sample their wines and raise a glass to vineyard views as far as the eye can see. After the Festival, explore Mount Airy and beyond with these can’t miss things to do in Central Maryland.
The Saint Mary’s County Crab Festival in Leonardtown serves up steamed hard crab, crab soups, crab cakes, and other seafood favorites, but that’s not all! Watch or join a crab-picking contest, tour the classic car show, shop homemade gifts and enjoy some live tunes. Leonardtown is part of the Southern Maryland Crab & Oyster Trail, and there are plenty more iconic experiences to discover along the route.
Seafood and jazz lovers won’t want to miss the soulful summer celebration at the Potomac Jazz & Seafood Festival. Performers, restaurants, vendors and friends come together at the St. Clement's Island Museum in Colton's Point year after year. This event supports the museum and its educational programs, which trace the route of the first settlers on St. Clement’s Island in the 1600s. If you haven’t explored Southern Maryland, stick around to discover maritime history, local wines, and more.
A true Maryland institution, the J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake is a must-attend, see-and-be-seen event, and your ticket to all-you-can-eat crabs, clams, fish, corn on the cob, and watermelon. The annual celebration takes place on the Eastern Shore and is named in honor of Crisfield native, J. Millard Tawes, Maryland's 54th Governor. Stay awhile and explore more top things to do in Crisfield.
Every year the long-awaited Tilghman Island Seafood Festival ramps things up on this quaint Eastern Shore island. Held at Tilghman’s Volunteer Fire Department Station adjacent to Kronsburg Park, the festival offers Maryland favorites like steamed hard crab and clams as well as old-fashioned favorites like hot dogs and BBQ chicken. The good times keep rolling with a crab race, live music and games. More info.
A star-spangled seafood celebration, enjoy the Old Line State’s favorite eats in the birthplace of our National Anthem. Baltimore’s annual Fort McHenry Crab Fest features an iconic feast and local tunes. After your trip to the festival, see the Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine and visit these top attractions in Baltimore.
One of the biggest and best seafood festivals in the world, the Maryland Seafood Festival turns the banks of the Chesapeake into an unforgettable feast and party! Located at Sandy Point State Park, this Annapolis event is famous for its crab soup cook-off and offers delicious seafood, eclectic music and fun activities on the beach.
The Chesapeake Crab, Wine & Beer Festival is an all-you-care-to-taste extravaganza complete with thousands of crabs, lots of beer, arts & crafts, live music, family fun and more. A summer tradition, sample the best Baltimore seafood, take home your own Maryland crab, and participate in the crab run.
A Taste of Chesapeake is a family-friendly seafood festival with a hometown feel. Set in Historic Chesapeake City and hosted in partnership with the Chesapeake City Volunteer Fire Department, you’ll get your fill of Maryland seafood, sip local beers and wines, and take home a souvenir.
Held in October when the wild oysters are ready and the crabs are extra heavy, Rock Hall Fall Fest celebrates this tidewater town’s heritage as a waterman oasis and the start of the traditional oyster harvesting season. Try a variety of Chesapeake Bay favorites, shop local vendors, listen to live music and find fun for the whole family.
Baltimore is home to Ryleigh's OysterFest, a three-day event for true Maryland oyster connoisseurs. Go head-to-head in the shucking competition, meet local oyster farmers, and rock out to local artists and cover bands.
Get the history behind our famed Maryland blue crabs and sweet Chesapeake oysters during Tilghman Island Day. From oyster shucking and crab picking, to nautical crafts and boat building demonstrations, immerse yourself in the life of a Chesapeake Bay waterman.
Witness the crowning of King Oyster and the National Oyster Shucking Championships & National Oyster Cook-Off at one of the longest standing seafood festivals in Maryland. A true can’t miss event, the shuck-off is the most delicious sporting event on Earth!
Festival will be virtual in 2020 and returns in full October 2021.
OysterFest brings you everything you’d expect from a Maryland seafood festival and more. Taste sweet steamed oysters, oyster fritters and crab cakes with music and competitions galore. Held at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, take a break from the festivities to explore the exhibits or take a boat ride.
Run, drink and shuck for a cause. Flying Dog Brewery’s Sprint for Spat is a running extravaganza unlike any other. After a 10k around Frederick, hang around for live music, fresh oysters, well-crafted beers, and post-race fun. Race proceeds go to the Oyster Recovery Project to continue oyster restoration efforts in the Chesapeake Bay. And did we mention the amazing Flying Dog Brewery beers?
End the Maryland seafood festival season by the bay at The Great Havre de Grace Oyster Feast. Inside the Havre de Grace Community Center you’ll find oysters cooked every way—steamed, fried or in a stew. There’s also Maryland favorites like Old Bay wings, crab soup and local beer and wine. With a picturesque waterfront and history around every corner, make some time to explore Havre de Grace after the festival ends.