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?
1 Chesapeake Crab, Wine & Beer Festival, Baltimore
September 12, 2020
This 7th 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.
2 FreeState Beer, Wine & Seafood Festival at Linganore Winecellars, Mount Airy
June 27, 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.
3 Tilghman Island Seafood Festival
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.
4 Fort McHenry Crab Feast, Baltimore
Annual Crab Feast on the grounds of Fort McHenry includes delicious BBQ and libations and the tunes of the Eastport Oyster Boys. 6th year.
5 Maryland Seafood Festival at Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis
September 26-27, 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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1100 E College Pkwy
Annapolis, MD 21409
6 A Taste of Chesapeake, Chesapeake City
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.
7 J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake, Crisfield
2020 Date - TBA
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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Crisfield, MD 21817
8 Rock Hall Fall Fest - Celebrate the Oyster
October 10, 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.
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Rock Hall, MD 21661
9 Oysterfest 13 by Ryleigh's Oyster - Baltimore
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!
10 Tilghman Island Day
Arts and nautical crafts, boat building demonstrations, oyster shucking, crab picking and a look at the life of a waterman.
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US 322 to Rt 33
Tilghman, MD 21671
11 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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42455 Fairgrounds Road
Leonardtown, MD 20650
12 OysterFest at Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels
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.
13 Flying Dog Sprint For Spat, Frederick
October 10, 2020
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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4607 Wedgewood Blvd
Frederick, MD 21703
14 Oyster Jam & Brew Fest at Phillips Wharf, Tilghman Island
November 7, 2020
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. More Information...
15 The Great Havre de Grace Oyster Feast
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.
16 The Saint Mary's County Crab Festival, Leonardtown
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.